How to Clear and Prevent Blocked Drains.
First things first.
Perhaps you’ve noticed that throughout this site, we’ve been using the term “drain clearing” vs. the more traditional “drain cleaning.” It’s not a mistake; it’s simply our attempt at accurately describing what we do.
As in, our primary purpose is to clear blocked drains so water and waste matter can flow unobstructed through your pipes. Certain processes we use do, in fact, clean the inside of your drains simultaneously, but that’s a fortunate byproduct of our work, and not the primary intent.
A clear drain, on the other hand, is a happy drain. One owned by even happier home owners. Now that we have that little clarification out of the way, let’s proceed with some common sense (though not all common knowledge) drain clearing techniques to help you prevent your drains from blocking and backing up.
Once a week
- Lift up bathroom sink stoppers, remove debris, rinse the stoppers, and put them back in place.
- Remove the drain cover from your shower or tub and use either a bent wire or a hair-catching brush to remove accumulated hair before it forms a blockade that also contains soap scum, shaving cream, and more.
Once a month
- Use a solution of Bio-Clean (available from KP Drainflo) to keep all the drains in your home flowing at full capacity.
More Blocked Drain Prevention Measures
- If you don’t already have drain screens in your sinks, shower, or tub, now’s a great time to add them (or contact us to do the job for you). These prevent drain blocking material from getting inside your drains, thus reducing the likelihood of a serious blockage, one that requires professional assistance to remove.
- To clear a blocked drain (or toilet) or to help keep them unblocked, pour about 250 mil of baking soda and an equal amount of white vinegar down a drain and let that concoction sit for about 30 minutes. After that, pour a tea kettle full of boiling hot water down the drain. This home-made remedy works wonders when practiced on a steady basis.
- Avoid planting trees or shrubs near underground drain lines. Even if you have PVC pipes, tree roots can still find their way inside – through loose screw caps or badly formed joints – and cause major problems. When planting, choose foliage that has shallow root systems, such as Eucalyptus trees.
- Don’t pour cooking oils or grease down the drain, which is the rough equivalent of wearing a “Kick me” sign on your bum. As in, why ask for trouble when it can be prevented!
- Always remember that your toilets are not trash bins, and that the only man-made object that should be placed in them is toilet paper. That includes “dissolvable wipies” as there’s really no such thing.
Why You Shouldn’t Use Chemical Drain Cleaners
Chemical drain cleaning products can harm the environment, your plumbing and, most of all, you and your family. And that’s three great reasons to stop using them in favour of organically friendly products like Bio-Clean.
Chemical drain cleaners employ oxidizing chemicals like lye to dissolve whatever may be causing the blockage. In the process, it can continue to generate heat which can cause the following problems:
- Crack the porcelain on your toilet bowl
- Soften PVC pipes
- Damage old, corroded pipes
How can chemical drain cleaners harm you? In these two primary fumes:
- If you employ two chemical drain cleaning products at the same time, toxic fumes might be the unintended result.
- Or, if you employ a plunger after administering a quantity of the chemical drain cleaner, the back splash can result in skin burns.
Environmentally? You’ve probably already figured out the ramifications by now. Specifically, that these very same products can work their way into public water supplies and prove harmful to people, fish, and other wild life. If you’re convinced and want to get rid of any leftover supplies, please treat them as hazardous waste and dispose of them accordingly.
Have a question about a blocked drain problem you’re currently experiencing? Call or email us now and we’ll do our best to provide a helpful information.