Remove Clogs without Harsh Drain Cleaners
Next time you see your drain is clearing slower than it has to, don’t rush to the store to buy expensive and what is more important – toxic and dangerous for your health – chemicals! All you need to unclog the drain is a drain snake. Insert it into the drain and pull back out with the clog culprit attached. Another option is to try using a wet/dry shop vacuum to suck out the clog.
What you can do to prevent clogging the drain is pouring half a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar into the drain once a week. Let it stay for 10 minutes and then pour 4 cups of hot water into the drain.
Be Careful for Long or Shedding Hair
Buying a drain strainer is an excellent prevention against clogging the drain with falling hair. If you are experiencing some problems with your hair, and it gets into the drain every time you take a shower, then you need a drain strainer.
It would be great if you clean the drain with a paper tower after each shower you take. It is a bit unpleasant activity, but it is essential for keeping a high level of hygiene into the bathroom.
Never Flush Cooking Grease into the Drain
Many housewives are pouring the hot cooking grease into the drain just after they have finished cooking. When it cools down, it harden and will clog the drain.
Poor the leftover grease into a plastic box, wipe with a paper towel and trash! Otherwise you will need professional help to unclog it which will cost you money.
Don’t Trust “Flushable” Label
Although baby wipes or other products are considered “flushable”, they are not!
The only thing you can let yourself throw into the toilet is toilet paper. Anything else will clog the drain!
Use Wet/Dry Vacuum to Remove Hard Objects from the Drain
If there is a comb, toothbrush or a toy, clogging the drain, the only thing that will help you out from this situation, is a wet/dry vacuum. You cannot expect a plumber to do this job as it may push the obstruction in deeper.
Watch out for corrosion!
Are there any green stains around shut off valves or orange/yellow coloration on your pipes? Is the water discolored when you turn on the water in the shower or sink?
If any of these situations apply to you, then you more than likely have rusted pipes. Corrosion and rust not only can clog your pipes but also contaminate your water which is a health hazard? already?.
If all of the pipes in the house are the same age, it might be better to replace them at once to avoid continuous replacement of small sections.
Although, we gave you quite useful tips, it is also a plus to keep Toliny’s phone number on hand just in case of a more serious problem: