Tips for a drain friendly cleaning routine

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Maintaining a clean and hygienic home is essential for your family’s well-being, but it’s important to remember that some cleaning practices can inadvertently damage your drains and plumbing system. To help you keep your drains clear and your pipes flowing smoothly, we’ve compiled a list of drain-friendly cleaning tips. Follow these rules and you’ll have a clean home without causing any plumbing issues.

Use mesh screens

Prevention is key when it comes to drain-friendly cleaning. Install mesh screens or drain guards in sinks, showers, and tubs to catch hair, soap residue, and other debris before they have a chance to clog your drains. These screens are easy to clean and can significantly reduce the amount of unwanted buildup in your pipes. They are available in most home or DIY stores and online.

Dispose of grease properly

Cooking oils and grease might be liquid when hot, but they can solidify and cause blockages in your pipes as they cool down. Avoid pouring cooking grease down the drain. Instead, let it cool in a container and then dispose of it in the trash. You can also recycle through your council’s recycling scheme. For more information, visit your council’s website

Use drain-friendly cleaners

When cleaning sinks, toilets, and showers, choose cleaning products that are labelled as “septic-safe” or “drain-friendly.” These cleaners are designed to break down more easily and will not damage the beneficial bacteria in your septic system or your pipes.

Regularly flush with hot water

Running hot water down the drain after using the sink or shower can help prevent the buildup of soap debris and other residues. We would advise you to pour a kettle of boiling water down each drain fairly frequently (about once a week) to help dissolve any grease or debris that may have accumulated despite your best efforts. For extra cleaning strength, add a bit of white cleaning vinegar to your kettle before boiling. It will clean your kettle and keep your drains super clean.

Regularly clean shower heads and faucets

Mineral buildup can reduce water flow and cause plumbing problems over time. Clean your shower heads and faucets by soaking them in a solution of equal parts water and vinegar. This will help dissolve the mineral deposits and maintain proper water pressure.

Avoid Flushing Harmful Items

Teach your family members to avoid flushing anything other than toilet paper down the toilet. Items like wet wipes (even the supposedly flushable ones!), paper towels, and feminine hygiene products can easily cause blockages in your plumbing system.

Treat Drains with Enzyme Cleaners

Enzyme-based drain cleaners are designed to break down organic materials and help prevent clogs. Use them periodically to maintain healthy drains and pipes.

Regular Professional Inspections

Arrange for regular inspections by one of our professional plumbers to catch any potential plumbing issues before they turn into major problems. They will provide recommendations on drain maintenance specific to your home’s plumbing system and keep you worry free.

By following these drain-friendly cleaning tips, you can enjoy a clean and well-maintained home while also preserving the health of your plumbing system. Remember, prevention and proper maintenance are crucial to avoiding costly plumbing repairs down the line.

Do you think your drainage system might need a bit of care? Get in contact with us to schedule your next service or call us for any emergency. If you wish to learn more about drain maintenance, visit our blog!