Want Fresh-Smelling, Free-Flowing Drains? Here's How!

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Your home has two types of drains: clogged and unclogged. Drains in your home are only made to carry away certain home wastes, so most homeowners know the dangers of sending grease, oils, and other clogging agents down them. Even when you are careful, sometimes these things sneak past you, clogging up your drain or making it smell bad. With a few tips you can prevent odors, fix clogs, and prevent new blockages. 

Cleaning And Deodorizing

You can use plain old baking soda to help keep your drains fresh and odor free. Once a month--or anytime you smell unpleasant odors wafting from your drain, pour 1 to 2 cups of baking soda down your drain and flush it through with hot tap water. 

You can recycle old baking soda by using the box you keep in the fridge as a deodorizer instead of throwing it away. 

Fixing Clogged Drains

Complete blockages usually don't happen overnight. They are usually caused by a buildup of grime or grease over a period of time. This means you may notice your drain taking longer to work, and it's at this slow drain stage that you need to take action. 

The bathroom sink and tub are notorious for hair clogs that prevent the free flow of water. To clear the drain, you'll need to remove the tangled hair. It's a disgusting job, but you have to do if you want free flowing drains. You'll need rubber gloves and a plastic bag.

  1. Twist and pull out the pop-up stopper over the drain
  2. Remove the tangled mass of hair and put it in the plastic bag
  3. Clean any gunk off the metal tube; you can use a damp sponge moistened with vinegar and baking soda
  4. Replace the stopper and test the drain: If it doesn't work, the clog may lie further down the drain pipe

If you suspect a clog further down the pipe is causing your tub or sink to drain slowly, you can try another solution:

  1. Pour 1 cup baking soda down the clogged drain
  2. Pour 1 cup of salt and 1/2 cup of distilled vinegar
  3. Let the mixture foam, fizzle and gurgle for about 15 minutes: while waiting, boil 2 quarts of tap water
  4. Pour the boiling water down the drain and turn on the hot tap water
  5. Allow the hot tap water to run for a minute or two

If this doesn't work, you might want to call a plumber. The blockage may be deep in the pipes or hard to break up. 

Preventing Clogs

You can prevent hair clogs by placing a hair catcher over your drain. They collect hair as you shower, so you can throw it in the trash instead of it going down the drain. Make sure to measure the diameter of your drain to make sure you buy the correct size.

You should also avoid putting any type of grease, oil, fats and food scraps down drains. 

For tough clogs or other questions about drains and plumbing issues in your home, contact a local plumber. He or she can give you advice and come out to inspect and diagnose your plumbing issues. To find out more, contact a business like Benjamin Franklin Plumbing.

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