Do you follow the annual spring cleaning tradition? Thousands of people do spring cleaning to declutter their closets, reorganize basements, get rid of the mystery leftovers in the fridge and to wipe off any traces of winter.
At Chesapeake Plumbing, Inc., we recommend giving your home’s plumbing system a thorough cleaning as well, especially the drains. How do you do that? Keep reading to find out.
We don’t pay attention to it, but we use sinks a lot. We brush teeth over a bathroom sink, wash off vegetables over the one in the kitchen, and who knows what kind of messy business we’ve been conducting in that utility sink in the basement! You probably wash the sink off occasionally to keep it looking nice, but does it work as good as it used to? Follow these steps to get your sink back into shape.
Inspect the faucets and make sure they don’t leak or drip. If they do, call your local Glen Burnie plumbers to get the leak or drip fixed. It might seem like a trifle, but a faucet that wastes as little as 2 drips per minute will cause you to lose 69 gallons of water in a year.
Check the condition of drain strainers – they need to be emptied out regularly to ensure good water flow. If a strainer is broken, missing or seems unfit for the drain hole’s size and shape, replace it with the correct model.
Look at the drain pipes underneath the sink, especially if they are concealed inside a cabinet. Search for the signs of water damage. A tiny leak might have been there for a while, but it’s better late than never to find and fix it.
Check the drains by filling the sinks up and watching how fast the water drains. If you see a drain backing up just from you running the water, this means you definitely have a clog forming. (You can always trust our Baltimore plumbing company to get any clogging issue resolved in no time).
Clean the drains with the vinegar and baking soda solution. This won’t help with massive clogs, but can work great for removing greasy or soapy residue from kitchen and shower drains. You can find a good guide here.
Think twice before using heavy-duty drain cleaners. Every certified and licenses Maryland plumber will tell you that while these chemically-loaded cleaners will help dissolve the clog, they might also corrode your pipes, significantly reducing their lifespan. Consult with your plumber, as he or she might find a less invasive and more eco-friendly drain cleaning solution.
Bonus tip: know your drain’s enemies! Different sinks in your house are subject to different conditions:
- Kitchen sink drains often get clogged due to food remains and grease accumulation. To keep the drain healthy, use a fine-mesh strainer to keep even the smallest particles out and never empty cooking grease into the sink. Instead, pour it into a container and throw away with other trash.
- Bathroom sink and shower drains can get clogged with hair and bathing products, especially oil-based ones. Remove the drain stoppers and clean them on a weekly basis to reduce the chance of clogging.
- A utility sink is often used to help with very dirty projects, such as cleaning a paint brush, washing off boots after a long hike, etc. Be careful with large debris that can end up in the drain – always use a strainer.
Does it seem like a lot to do? We know your spring cleaning list of chores is already long, but keeping sink drains clean and clog-free is very important. If you need a hand, our Annapolis plumbers will be happy to take care of plumbing inspection and cleaning for you. Just give us a call at 410.437.3888.