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Plumbing Tips – Drains

  • Place a strainer over kitchen and bathroom drains if they do not already have one; this will prevent hair, pieces of soap, and other debris from clogging drains. Clean the strainer as needed.
  • Unclog a drain mechanically rather than chemically when possible.
  • Use chemical drain cleaners sparingly, especially if your pipes or traps are brass, steel, or cast-iron; some chemicals may corrode metal pipes. Try this instead: pour a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar down your drain every month.
  • The drains in showers and in bathroom sinks typically need extra care; pour two or three gallons of boiling water down each bathroom drain about once a month to clear out hair and greasy particles.
  • Every week or two remove sink and tub pop-up stoppers and rinse them off.
  • Every three or four months remove the overflow plate on the tub.
  • Then pull up the pop-up assembly to reach the spring or rocker arm.
  • Remove accumulated hair and rinse thoroughly.
  • If your shower drain is plugged up:
    • Try a plunger first.
    • If the plunger doesn’t unplug the drain, insert a plumber’s helper (“snake”) down the drain.
  • Prevent drain clogs by putting a lint trap on your washing machine discharge hose.
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