When it comes to drain cleaners, it’s important to prioritize safety and effectiveness. While there are various commercial drain cleaners available, some can be harsh on your pipes and harmful to the environment. Keeping your drain clean is essential to prevent clogs and maintain proper drainage in your home.

If you have a persistent or severe clog that you can’t resolve with DIY methods, don’t hesitate to call a professional plumber. They have the tools and expertise to handle tough clogs and ensure your drains are clean and clear. By following these tips, you can maintain clean drains and reduce the likelihood of clogs and costly plumbing issues.

Drain Guard

You can never underestimate the power of a drain guard. Not only are they super affordable, but drain guards catch food particles, hair, dirt, and other debris that may clog drain, extending the life of your plumbing system. By trapping these substances, drain guards keep your pipes clear and prevent blockages that may be costly to remove in the future. They also prevent odors from debris build up.

Using a drain guard can help with pipe maintenance by minimizing cleaning efforts. By reducing the frequency of clogs, the need for harsh chemical drain cleaners (which can be harmful to pipes and the environment) are minimized.

Plunger or Plumbing Snake

A good old-fashioned plunger can work wonders for minor clogs in sinks, showers, and toilets. It creates pressure that dislodges blockages and allows water to flow freely. For more stubborn clogs, a plumbing snake or auger can be used to physically remove debris from the drain. It is a useful tool for reaching deeper clogs that are not easily accessible.

Hot Water Flush

A hot water flush can be performed easily and often for basic drain keeping. Running hot water through your drains regularly, especially in the kitchen sink, helps to dissolve grease and prevent it from solidifying in the pipes. Hot water can also help break down soap scum and other residues.

Clean with Vinegar and Baking Soda

This is my favorite trick in the book! This chemical reaction is satisfying to watch and it works! When your shower and/or sink are wiped down and cleaned, finish the chore with a little science experiment! I like to use an orange or a lime or lemon for a fresh and citrusy scent as well.

The option of using a citrus fruit can be done in two ways. You can prepare your vinegar by infusing it with the peelings of the fruit and leaving it to rest in a dark area (like a cabinet) for a few weeks, or you can squeeze the fruit to release its juices as you are conducting your experiment.

Begin by sprinkling a generous amount of baking soda over your sink or shower’s drain. Optional: Cut your orange, lime or lemon in halves and “scrub” the area around the drain in circular motions. Be sure to use up all that juice! Pour vinegar until the baking soda is completely dissolved and watch the reaction happen! Let the solution rest for 15-20 minutes. Finish with a hot water flush.

Avoid Chemical Cleansers

Chemical drain cleaners can be harsh on your pipes and may not effectively remove all the clogs. They can be harmful to the environment and to your skin and bodily health. Opt for natural methods or call a professional plumber if you encounter stubborn clogs.

Instead, try enzymatic drain cleaners. These cleaners use natural enzymes and bacteria to break down organic matter, such as hair, grease, and food particles. They are safe for your pipes and the environment and provide a more eco-friendly solution.

Remember, prevention is better than cure. Regularly maintaining your drains and using drain guards to catch debris can reduce the need for harsh drain cleaners. If you’re unsure about how to handle a stubborn clog or if the issue persists, it’s best to consult a professional plumber. They have the expertise and tools to safely and effectively address complex drain problems.