blocked drainBlocked drains are a nightmare. Not only are they disgusting but they are a major headache to clean. But no one could ever withstand the infuriating smell of a backed up system so you’ll have to deal with them anyway. Your option is to either to put on a brave front and fix it yourself or you can call a professional and shell out some precious money. Both options sound undesirable. But this doesn’t always have to be the case because the best way to solve a problem is to prevent them from happening in the first place.

Regularly cleaning your drain maintains its good condition. You can avoid all those unwanted hassles just by being a responsible homeowner. Drain cleaning doesn’t even require expensive tools, in fact, most of your cleaning supplies can already be found in your home.  Here are some basic home remedies to drain cleaning:

  1. Baking Soda. One of the most effective cleaning agents in your kitchen kit. Pour baking soda into the drain. It eliminates odour and leaves a cleaner looking surface. Aim it at your drain and rinse it down with hot water for best results.
  2. If there are already build-ups in your pipes, pour in a cup of vinegar. Vinegar has acetic acid that can remove organic build-ups easily. Just let it sit for 30 minutes in your drain then wash it down with hot water.
  3. Hot Water. This can help run the leftover oils and non-biodegradable waste down the drain. It carries these clog-causing things with its flow and prevent it from building up in the interior surface of the pipes. Do this after every washing.
  4. Lye. This is actually an active ingredient in most commercial drain cleaners. It instantly dissolves the pile of hair and accumulated soap scum from your shower. Just pour a small amount of it down the drain and chase it with water. Then you can watch the magic unfold as the chemical does its job. Be careful when using too much of it though, this isn’t meant to be poured in large quantities.
  5. Mesh screens. Not necessarily a cleaning tool but this will be your partner in crime when it comes to preventing a blocked drain. It will catch all the gunk you mindlessly throw out and it will dutifully remind you to properly throw them out. This is a very good investment in the long run. Install as many of them as you can, they’re especially handy in the shower.

You don’t necessarily have to clean out your drain everyday (although that would be ideal) but it is important to commit a regular schedule for it. Drains are never really our priority when it comes to general cleaning but this simple act of negligence can lead to terrible, financially painful consequences. So plan a date with your drain from time to time. It’s the best way to maintain a good house and human relationship.