Plumbing Repair: 5 Drain Cleaning DIY Tips

Drain Repair

Using your kitchen and bathroom on a daily basis means your drains get dirty quickly from build up, such as food; waste, decomposing hair and soap scum. If you have been experiencing issues with your drains, it is likely that they need to be cleaned. Drains are filled with decomposing hair, It may seem like a daunting task to clean your drains, but this post will provide you with DIY tips to help you clean drains in both your kitchen and your bathroom, as well as how to maintain them.

In your kitchen:

  • Use baking soda to eliminate the smell in your kitchen drain. Start by running very hot water down the drain for about 15 seconds. Add about a teaspoon of baking soda, and then run the hot water for another 15 seconds. If this doesn’t do the trick, you can also try lemon juice. Pour about a cup into the drain, and then rinse it with hot water after about thirty minutes.


  • Follow three easy steps to keep your kitchen drain clean and fresh. First, scrape any food into the trash can rather than the drain. Second, anytime you use the sink to wash dishes, run hot water down the sink to wash out anything that could have gotten stuck in the drain. Third, about once a week you should put a tablespoon of baking soda and/or a cup of vinegar down the drain. This will prevent the build up of odors.


In your bathroom:

  • Clean the drain stopper weekly. Every week you should remove the drain stopper to clear out anything that has accumulated, whether it is hair or debris. This helps keep your sink or bathtub functioning well. You should also always remove the stopper before cleaning the sink or bathtub and rinse it before replacing it. This helps prevent soap build-up on the stopper.
  • Combat clogs with a wire hanger. Wire hangers are not just for hanging clothes. To use the hanger for your drains, start by straightening it, and making a hook at the end. Placing this down your drain will help you pull out any hair or debris that are caught in the drain.


Bonus tip: Don’t forget about professional plumbers. Once a year, make sure to have a professional check, clean, and inspect your plumbing system to catch any problems that may arise.

If you have questions about cleaning your drains, or you feel that the problem might be too big to fix on your own, do not hesitate to contact us today. We will be happy to discuss our drain cleaning and repair services. You can also schedule an appointment, or inquire about any of our other plumbing services.


Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Twin Cities is the best in the business. Our plumbers have the necessary experience to guarantee your satisfaction with every plumbing repair job. The Punctual Plumbers strive to provide the highest level of competence, unsurpassed honesty, integrity, and consideration with every service call.

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