Sewer Maintenance Tips
For your health…
What NOT to put down the drain…
The list isn’t too long, but it’s still important. First things first: never pour liquid fats, oils, or grease down the drain. As they cool, they become more solid and cling to the insides of pipes, building up into clog-inducing paste. Other things that shouldn’t go down your drains include:
- Coffee Grounds
- Unused Medications
- Produce Stickers
- Household Liquids
Much like the things we first mentioned above, eggshells, coffee grounds, produce stickers, and paint can cling to other particles, as well as the inside of pipes to create serious paste clogs. When dealing with household liquids (cleaning solutions, oils, etc…) and medications, do not, I mean do not, flush em down the drain. These items can contaminate habitats and water supplies. Goldfish? Well that’s just rude.
How to keep it clean
Guess what? The answer isn’t liquid drain cleaners. It’s never liquid drain cleaners, if you want to maintain the integrity of your drains and pipes. Here’s why: they can’t tell the difference between the clog and the pipe. When a chemical drain cleaner finishes eating away at a clog, it’s going to keep eating away at your pipes. Not a good idea. Instead, try these other, lower impact ways of maintaining clear and clean drains:
- Pour a large pot of very hot (but not boiling) water down a household drain. Follow it up with some cool water to flush out the clogs you just melted away.
- Alternatively, you can use baking soda and vinegar. We recommend giving your drains this treatment once a month. All you have to do is pour half a cup of baking soda down your drain and chase it with half a cup of vinegar. Plug the sink and let it sit overnight. Flush the drains with hot water in the morning and they’ll work (and smell) like they’re brand new.
If you are still experiencing issues with your drains, please Contact Us today or set an appointment with a friendly member of our team.