Do you do regular maintenance for your drains? If so, then good for you since there will be less blockages and other possible problems for your drain line. However, you need to know that there are certain upkeep mistakes that you may be doing. Some of these cleaning oversights can be detrimental in the long run. Below, you will find some drain maintenance mistakes that some homeowners often practice — and should be avoided.
- Too much use of chemical cleaners
Applying chemical cleaners is way too easy which is why many people like using them. But did you know that using such products can actually do more harm than good? First of all, inhaling or being exposed from the fumes or liquids of these caustic cleaners can damage your health (specifically the respiratory system). The negative health effects aren’t immediate, but the long term effects are definitely solid. Also, the high concentration of acid can also deteriorate the pipeline after prolonged usage. A much better and safer option for your drain maintenance is by using plungers, augers/drain snakes, and non-harsh chemicals.
- Using the unsuitable type of plunger
Plunging is one of the most effective means in clearing a blockage. Using a plunger doesn’t require any plumbing license which makes it widely available for any homeowner. However, you need to make sure that you’re using the right type of plunger. In case you’re unaware, there are different classifications of plungers each one having its own specific uses for each drain type.
A sink plunger is obviously intended for a sink and will become less effective if used on toilet blockages. You see, each plunger is specially designed to adhere to whatever type of drain it’s intended to unblock. There are some plungers that are specifically created to deal with sink and toilet drains.
- Not using the right plumbing equipment for maintenance and unblocking drains
There are practices in which using simple household items are used to clear the drains. Case in point; using a broom handle to remove obstructions in the drain pipe. Another popular method of removing blockages is by stuffing a garden hose on a drain hole and then releasing a water stream. While it sounds like a good idea this isn’t really an effective method. The water pressure of a garden hose is actually too weak to remove sticky grime and solidified scum found deep in the drain line. A water jet for drains will do a far better job in removing blockages since it has stronger water pressure.
- Having a blockage in the first place
You don’t have to deal with blocked drains in the first place if you are able to prevent it. Perhaps the most common drain maintenance mistake that a lot of people do is the lack of doing proper maintenance to keep blockages from happening. Make it your habit to do regular drain maintenance to avoid blockages from forming in the first place.