Guest post by Rachel Kerr
Maintaining a clean home is immensely satisfying and many of us clean our homes thoroughly on a weekly or monthly basis. However, did you know that there is one area of your home that you may not be cleaning? One of the most commonly forgotten areas of the home, when it comes to cleaning, is the drains.
Having clean drains is essential as it helps maintain the flow efficiency, flush out any blockages and prevent drainage problems. Unfortunately, many of us don’t give a single thought to the health of our drains, that is until it is too late.
Why is Cleaning Your Drains Important?
Cleaning your drains and keeping them clean is incredibly important for many reasons. Maintaining your drains prevents problems such as:
- Blocked drains
- Broken pipes
- Bad odours
- Slow draining water
Keeping your drains clean is very simple and can easily be added to your regular cleaning routine.
What Happens If You Don’t Clean Your Drains?
If your drains are not cleaned regularly they may begin to exhibit the following signs and symptoms:
- Strange gurgling sounds
- Burst pipes
- A waterlogged garden
- Slow drainage
- Low pressure from taps
To avoid these problems, it is important you clean your drains regularly and keep them properly maintained.
How Often Should Drains be Cleaned?
Your drains should be cleaned at least once a month. If possible, I would suggest cleaning your drains once a week as part of your weekly cleaning routine. However, once a month will suffice if you don’t have the time. Afterall, a good drain cleaning schedule is a regular one.
Easy Drain Cleaning Methods
Cleaning your drains doesn’t have to be difficult and it doesn’t need to take a long time either! Follow my simple drain cleaning methods and maintain your drains properly.
Dispose of All Rubbish in the Bin
One of the major contributors to blocked drains is rubbish, debris, fats and oils being washed into the pipes. To avoid problems with your drains that can be expensive to fix, prevention is better than cure.
Instead of washing food debris, rubbish, fats and oils down the drain, dispose of them in the bin. Fats, oils and debris can stick to the inside of your drain pipes and harden, causing significant blockages over time. And all you have to do is prevent this problem. It really is as simple as disposing of your rubbish in the bin.
Clean Your Drain Grate
The first step to cleaning your drains is clearing out the drain grate. This wonderful invention prevents debris being washed down your drains by collecting it so that it can be thrown away. Before you commence cleaning your drains, take out the drain grate, empty out the contents and give it a good scrub with some antibacterial cleaner and a cloth.
Bleach Your Drains
One of the most effective cleaning solutions to use in your drains is a cupful of bleach. Bleach is a powerful cleaning agent that breaks through dirt build-ups and helps to clear the pipes of your drains. Simply pour a capful of bleach down your bathroom and kitchen sinks and let it get to work.
Follow the Bleach with Boiling Water
Once you have poured a capful of bleach down the sink, following it with a kettle of boiling water. Pouring boiling water down your sink is something that should be done regularly to help loosen blockages and flush out any debris.
Use Baking Soda and Vinegar
If you don’t like using commercial cleaners in your home and instead prefer all-natural formulas, use baking soda and vinegar to clean your drains. A simple solution of baking soda and vinegar is the perfect drain cleaning combination.
Pour the baking soda down your sink, follow it with the vinegar and wait for the fizzing solution to get to get to work and dissolve any blockages. Follow this with boiling water and see your drainage flow drastically improve.
Don’t Forget to Clean Your Drains Regularly
When it comes to cleaning your drains, regularity is the most important thing to remember. I would suggest adding drain cleaning to your cleaning routine so that it’s scheduled, and you can’t easily forget to do it. Find out how to make the perfect cleaning schedule here.
Rachel Kerr is a professional copywriter and is proud to write for Coastal Drains, a drainage company based in Lancing. Coastal Drains serve customers throughout the UK by providing all the drain cleaning, clearance, repair and installation services you need.