Keeping your drains clear and flowing freely is one of the most important plumbing tips we can give. Maintaining the exterior plumbing of your home is just as important as mainatining the interior drain pipes running through your walls. Weather you rent or own your home, periodic drain maintanence will save you time and money later on. Here are some simple tips to keeping your drains clog-free.

Vinegar – The Ingredient For Your Drains
Harsh chemical drain cleaners are abrasive and can actually damage your pipes, causing leaks which are costly to replace. A great and cheap way, to keep your pipes clear is to pour a half of a bottle of white vinegar down your drains. This prevents clogs from even forming, and since it is comprised of all-natural ingredients, it won’t damage your pipes, and it is environmentally-friendly. Upon pouring the vinegar down the drain, just let it stand for 10 minutes and then flush the drain with hot water. The vinegar’s acid removes any clogs that may be forming unseen beneath the surface. If the smell is too overpowering for you afterward, throwing a quartered small citrus fruit, like a lemon, down your garbage disposal can provide a fresh, natural scent.

Baking Soda – Odors Worst Enemy
Regardless of whether it is a kitchen sink, or your shower drain, sometimes odors develop due to various reasons. There is an easy and affordable solution to getting rid of these odors, while maintaining the health of your pipes. Baking soda is a multipurpose lifesaver when it comes to home remedies. And drain cleaning is no different. Pour a cup of baking soda down your drain and let it sit for 20 minutes. Bring a large pan of water to boil, and then pour it down the drain to flush out the baking soda. The combined natural solution of hot water and baking soda will clean your pipes and drain and leave it smelling fresh.

Preventative measures are always more beneficial in the long run. Stop drain odors before they start by taking a few extra minutes when performing household chores. In the kitchen, do not let food bits sit in your drains. Always run your garbage disposal after washing dishes, along with running hot water down the drain. This will flush it on through, ensuring no food sits and spoils in the drain.  In the bathroom, the typical cause of drain odors are hair clogs. Not only will this slow the drain, but it allows odors to settle in your pipes. Shower and bathtub strainers can be purchased at most home improvement or department stores, which work especially well at trapping hair and other items from going down the drains.

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