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.


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10 Responses to “Plumbing Repair: 5 Drain Cleaning DIY Tips”

  1. Adele Grisham

    The first step in DIY projects is to use right tools for right job. If you use wrong tools for wrong job it not only makes the job more difficult but also it result in damage which leads to the risk to replace broken tools thus spending more money than you budgeted for.

  2. John Mahoney

    Thank you for talking about how it is important to use hot water when cleaning your drains. It makes sense that doing this can help loosen any hardened oils or grease and get them cleared out. Personally, I would want to make sure I call in a professional to help with this since we are moving to a new house and don’t have time to make sure all the drains are in great working order.

  3. Jimmy

    I also suggest to install a drain strainer in your sink. Even if you have to call a plumber to do it, it’ll save you time and money in the long run by preventing hair & other foreign objects from entering the drain pipe.

  4. Roger Middleton

    I liked that you had mentioned that it can be important to have a professional check and clean your drains at least once a year. I’ve had a drain that keeps getting clogged and I’ve tried so many ways to fix it myself but I just can’t bring myself to actually complete it. Hiring a professional to fix this drain and check other might have to be something I’ll look into.

  5. drain layer Christchurch

    I really enjoyed reading your tips. I simply stumbled upon your blog. I am very happy to shared this useful information with us. Thanks for sharing this post with us.

  6. Marcus Coons

    Thank you so much for mentioning how you should make sure you clean your drain stopper every week to make sure any hair or debris does not over build. I can understand how doing this can also help your water drain better and avoid damages to your system or accidents while you are showering. Our bathtub is being a little slow while draining and we want to make sure we know how to deal with it or call a professional if we can’t, so I’m glad I found your post.

  7. John Smith

    Awesome article with brilliant idea! Thank you for such a profitable article. I truly acknowledge for this awesome data…Keep sharing more info.
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  8. Michael Robinson

    I wanted to thank you for all your advice on how to clear out your bathroom drains. My girlfriend and I recently moved into a new place and our shower was not draining properly for a couple of says. After reading that we should use a wire hanger to try and remove any excess hair inside the drain, we will spend a little bit of time this weekend to get that done. Maybe we will pull straws to determine who will do it. Thanks again for the help, and if we still cannot clear it, we will seek out a professional!

  9. Larry Weaver

    Thanks for the tip to remove the stopper before cleaning the sink or bathtub. When I was cleaning my bathroom, I noticed that my drain started having some issues. After I call a drain line repair specialist, I’ll be sure to start to remove the stopper first when I clean.

  10. John Smith

    You are too generous in sharing your knowledge. I never know that Fixing a faucet can be that serious But somehow thanks for the advice. I should do it as well. Keep it up!
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