As if you don't have enough to worry about tending to around the house – now, the drains are slowing and you're struggling to keep the water flowing in the direction it is meant to. If you keep up with the drains throughout the year, even when you're not having trouble with them, you'll have fewer days in which you had wished you'd done something to solve the problem sooner.
So, how do you keep up with the drains so that you don't find yourself swimming in sludge during your morning shower? Here, you'll find a few tips that can help you achieve that one small goal in your life.
Invest in Drain Screens
All of the drains throughout your home should have drain screens installed. These screens catch the hair, grease and other debris that would typically end up stuck somewhere in the drains.
Drain screens are cheap, easy to place and super easy to keep clean. Every couple of showers, you just remove it, rinse it and put it back in place – you'll quickly see all of the stuff that you would have spent hours digging out of your drains later and realize how much of a difference those screens are making.
Naturally Clean the Drains
Between thorough cleanings, you'll want to give the drains a quick natural cleaning. Natural cleaning solutions can be used more often than chemical-based solutions, especially if your home is equipped with a septic system. Those chemicals could cause the bacteria levels in the septic holding tank to become imbalanced and no longer effectively break down the solid waste like it should.
To naturally clean the drains, you'll need baking soda and vinegar. All you have to do is pour a little baking soda down the drain, followed with some vinegar. The two will combine in the drain, foam up, break down the gook in the drain and then rinse away cleanly.
Schedule Yearly Cleanings
Having the drains cleaned about once a year for a full household will do you very well. During that professional yearly cleaning, the drains will not only be cleaned, but they'll be inspected for any damage that could cause problems within the next year. When these problems are caught early, they are much more affordable and less inconvenient to repair.
Talk with your local drain cleaning professionals to learn more about taking care of the drain system throughout your home and you can avoid those surprise backups.