Home drains tend to let off a fowl odor and get clogged easily. Make this a thing of the past by keeping your drains running smoothly with natural remedies. Follow these helpful hints in order to unclog and clean out your kitchen and bathroom drains.
Cleaning Your Kitchen Drains
In the kitchen, grease from food tends to be the main culprit for clogged and smelly drains. For this reason, you will need to use a degreasing method for unclogging and removing food particles from the inside of the pipes. For your kitchen drain, squirt a generous amount of liquid dish detergent and follow with a large pot of boiling water. Repeat several times in order to be sure the pipes are completely clean.
Garbage disposals require a much different approach. When using a disposal, you must always use cold water when rinsing water through. This allows the grease to stay in solid form, making it easier for the disposal to chop up and run it through the drain. If you run hot water through, it melts the grease, causing it to stick to the inside parts of the disposal. Left untreated, this can cause clogs and odors. The best treatment for your disposal is to pour vinegar into ice cube trays and freeze. Once frozen, run the frozen cubes through your disposal. The frozen vinegar is able to clean the blades of the disposal. If you were to use vinegar in liquid form, it would be ineffective because it would essentially run right down the drain. For extra freshness, cut up an orange or a lemon (with the peel) and run it through the disposal. Do this process periodically in order to keep your disposal running smooth and smelling fresh.
Cleaning Your Bathroom Drains
Your bathroom drains have a lot of hair and soap that runs through them and can easily get clogged up. It's a good idea to put drain covers over the shower and sink drains in order to stop at least some of the hair from entering your drain. For treatment, dump several spoonfuls of salt into the drain and follow with a bottle of vinegar. This method helps to break up the hair and allow it to run freely through the drain pipe. Repeat several times in order to be sure your drain is clean.
You now know what to do in order to keep your home drains running smoothly. Taking these steps will save you from dealing with unwanted clogs and odors. However, if you can't DIY your clogs away, contact a professional drain cleaning service, such as Jim Dhamer Plumbing & Sewer, Inc.