Top 7 Hacks About Drain Cleaning Every Homeowner Should Know

Drain cleaning is not the most fun task on the planet – but every homeowner has to do it at some point. Here are the top 7 hacks about drain cleaning every homeowner should know.

1.Prevent Drain Clogs

One of the most important hacks is knowing how to prevent drain clogs from happening in the first place. To stop drains from clogging, look into putting a strainer over the drain. That way, a strainer can collect all the debris that has the potential of clogging your drains. Not only that, but also knowing what to put down the drains is another important hack. For example, refrain from putting items such as bones, grease, oil, coffee ground, eggshells, stringy vegetables, and pits and seeds down the disposal.

2. Avoid Chemical Store-Bought Cleaners

If you have a drain to clean in your home, chances are your first instinct is to go to the store and pick-up a bottle of drain cleaner. We suggest avoiding pouring chemical store-bought cleaners down your drain. Not only do the toxic fumes linger and cause irritation, but they can also do more harm than good to your pipes.

3. Try Natural Remedies

We always recommend hiring a professional plumber for all your drain cleaning needs. However, if you are looking for a quick and temporary fix to your clogged drains, try natural remedies before you resort to chemical-based cleaners. Natural remedies include baking soda and vinegar. Often times, adding hot water, some baking soda and vinegar can help break up the clog in your pipes.

4. Use A Plunger

Plungers aren’t just good for unclogging toilets. They’re also good for unclogging kitchen drains. Using a plunger on light clogs is another at-home remedy you can try for a quick, temporary fix. Just like you would for a toilet, place the plunger over the drain opening, run water over it, and move the plunger up and down until it clears the clog. If this doesn’t work, or you’re looking for a long-term solution, don’t hesitate to give the pros at OnTime Service a call.

5. Use A Drain Snake

If you have a drain snake lying around, it sure does come in handy when cleaning your drains. It’s a flexible, metal rope that has a spiral metal tip at the very end. You can insert the end of the rope into the drain and clear the clog that way. If you don’t have a drain snake, you can invest in one or contact a local plumber to take over for you. Leave the mess and stress to us.

6. Create A Homemade Unclogging Device

Are you someone who has a closet full of wire hangers you don’t know what to do with? Well, now you do! Wire hangers can be good for cleaning shower drains, specifically. You are bound to bring up hair and other gunk that has accumulated in your drains. After doing so, make sure you run hot water down the drain to clear the clog. When using a wire hanger, be careful not to push the gunk down further.

7. Hire A Professional

Last but certainly not least, hiring a professional is an option – and one of the best ones for your drains. A professional drain cleaner can assess all your drains for you and clear your drains using advanced technology that helps make sure the clogs are gone for good. Not only can this save you time, but it can also save you money in the long run.

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