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Maintaining your drains isn’t as easy as it sounds and there are lots of things you need to know before you can do it correctly.

In this post I’m going to tell you all about how drain maintenance works, what can happen if you don’t do it and an essential checklist that will make drain maintenance easier and more effective.

Why it’s important to maintain your drains?

Your drains are constantly being used, which means that they are also constantly accumulating dirt, grease, and other debris. If this debris is not removed on a regular basis, it can eventually cause your drains to become blocked.

Blocked drains can lead to a number of problems, including bad odours, slow drainage, and even flooding. That’s why it’s so important to maintain your drains by cleaning them on a regular basis.

What can happen if you don’t maintain your drains?

When you don’t maintain your drainage systems, there is a certain chance that over a period, you are going to get an accumulation of all types of debris which has been flushed down the drain.

This will eventually cause your drainage system to block, or it will restrict the flow of water and make the drains run slower. In addition, the water that is sitting in your clogged drain can become stagnant and start to breed bacteria. This can be extremely harmful to your health if you come into contact with it.

An essential checklist for maintaining your drains

If you have ever experienced a clogged or backed up drain, you know how frustrating it can be. Unfortunately, this is a problem that many homeowners face on a regular basis.

Luckily, there are some simple things you can do to help prevent your drains from becoming clogged in the first place. Here is an essential checklist for maintaining your drains:

Use strainers: Any time you are putting something down your drain, whether it be food scraps or hair, use a strainer to catch anything that could potentially clog your drain. This will help to keep your drains clear and free-flowing.

Avoid pouring grease down the drain: When cooking with grease, it is important to let it cool before disposing of it. Pouring hot grease down the drain can cause it to solidify and eventually lead to a clog. Instead, pour the cooled grease into a coffee can or other container and throw it away in the trash.

Use boiling water regularly: A simple way to help maintain your drains is to pour a pot of boiling water down them every week or so. This will help to break up any build-up that may be starting to form and prevent clogs from forming in the first place.

Invest in a quality drain cleaner: If you find that your drains are starting to get slow or clogged more frequently, investing in a good quality drain cleaner can be helpful. Be sure to follow the directions on the cleaner carefully so that you do not damage your pipes.

Call a professional: If you have tried all of these tips and you are still having problems with clogged drains, it may be time to call in a professional plumber for help. They will be able to quickly assess the situation and recommend the best course of action for getting your drains back in working order.

How often you should be maintaining your drains

In general, it’s a good idea to clean your strainer or filter at least once per month and flush out your drain with hot water on a weekly basis.

However, if you notice that your drain is starting to drain more slowly than usual or if there is an unpleasant odour coming from it, then it’s probably time for a more thorough cleaning.

Tips for making drain maintenance easier

There are a few things you can do to make maintaining your drains easier and less time-consuming. First of all, make sure that you only put things down the drain that belong there – no grease, food scraps, hair, etc.

Second, invest in some type of strainer or filter for each of your drains in order to catch any debris before it has a chance to build up and cause problems.

Finally, pour hot water down each of your drains on a weekly basis in order to flush out any build-up before it has a chance to become problematic.

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