How to Flush a Drain

Tips for Preventing Clogged Drains in Your Home

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The first time you have to deal with a clogged drain can be daunting, but it doesn't always have to be a mess and a hassle. A regular maintenance routine is best to keep the drains clog-free in your home. It doesn't take much time or much money to perform this regular maintenance and save you from the cost of a severely clogged drain. 

Weekly Drain Maintenance

Weekly there are a few things you can do to give your drain the best chances for not being clogged. Once a week, flush your drain by boiling a large pot of water. Pour one-half of the pot down the drain. Wait five minutes and pour the rest. It's a simple thing that can help dislodge any grease, or debris lurking in your drain. The hot water is perfect for melting any grease buildup and only takes a few minutes to do.

Monthly Drain Maintenance

Use an enzymatic cleaner once a month to keep your drains fresh and clean. My favorite is Bi-O-Kleen's Bacout Stain and Odor Eliminator. Enzymatic cleaners are great at breaking down organic matter in the drains that may not have made it all the way down.

Drains With Disposals

Running ice cubes and orange peels through a garbage disposal is a great way to knock off any residue on your disposal blades. Make sure to slice the peels, because large peels can jam a disposal. Ice sharpens the blades easily and dislodges any remnants that may have slipped under the blades or become attached to them.

Seasonal Drain Maintenance

Two to three times a year, flush the drain with baking soda and vinegar. Run hot water down the drain. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of vinegar with the hot water down the drain. This combo foams up and removes debris, but it also helps kill bacteria and remove odors. Do this little bit of maintenance anytime or when odors start to become noticeable in the drain.