Spring Plumbing Tips
for Your Drains
What is Spring Cleaning? And, does it involve drains?
When spring rolls around, many people plunge themselves into decluttering and deep cleaning their homes. The general consensus is that between March and May it’s time to organize closets, blast through bathroom grime, steam clean rugs and more.
Many people turn their houses upside down, tackling dozens of projects and creating plans to maintain the home so their spaces feel fresh and ready for the rest of the year.
Spring Cleaning is also a great time to assess often-overlooked areas — especially drains — to make sure everything is in working order.
Let’s dive on in…
What drains should I clean?
Most drains in the home could probably use some TLC. So, as you spring into the season, immerse yourself in the specifics of drain cleaning and maintenance. Keep reading to learn more.
Over time, food particles can build up in your kitchen drain. And, if you don’t regularly maintain it, clogs may develop and cause unpleasant smells. (Sometimes “unpleasant” can be an understatement.) These clogs may also affect your garbage disposal.
To maintain your kitchen drain, try Liquid-Plumr® Clog Destroyer Plus+ Pipeguard™. This thick gel will dissolve tough clogs, prevent new ones and get rid of odors.
And, don’t overlook your dishwasher. Clogs in your kitchen drain can lead to clogs in this appliance, which could develop into more serious problems.
Bathroom drains often get backed up and drain slowly. Clog prevention is key, so get ahead of any blockage in the bathroom sink and bath and shower drains during your Spring Clean. (Perhaps saving yourself from snaking pipes or having to call in a professional can serve as motivation.)
Cleaning your bathroom drains is especially important if someone regularly using your shower has long hair, which tends to accumulate in pipes. Liquid-Plumr® Clog Destroyer Plus+ Hair Clog Eliminator™ is great for taking care of hair clogs.
Toilet clogs happen. And, when they do, it’s often a challenge getting rid of them — to say the least. But, when it comes to solutions, Liquid-Plumr® products aren’t meant for use in toilet drains. Instead, you’ll need to use a plunger, snake your toilet, or call a plumber — especially if you’re experiencing persistent problems you can’t fix.
It’s also best to learn (and share with everyone else in your home) what to keep out of your toilet to help prevent toilet clogs.
When you think about maintaining drains, don’t forget septic tanks. They’re a key part of pipe maintenance. If you don’t maintain your septic tank, sewage could back up and produce bad odors. So, every few years, add a professional inspection and cleaning of your septic tank to your Spring Cleaning chore list.
It’s also safe for people with septic tanks to use Liquid-Plumr® products because the ingredients degrade quickly and won’t affect the fragile bacterial ecosystem inside the tank.
Do I need help from a plumber?
You should be able to maintain your drains with the right Liquid-Plumr® products. Liquid-Plumr® Clog Destroyer Plus+ Pipeguard™ can be your last line of attack against clogs. However, if you don’t keep up with drain maintenance, or encounter a problem Liquid-Plumr® products can’t battle, it might be time to call in the pros.
When you decide to power through a big Spring Clean, remember that your drains could also benefit from some attention. Get them in tip-top condition and keep them flowing freely throughout the year with Liquid-Plumr® products. And, use Liquid-Plumr® Maintenance® once a month to keep clogs at bay. It’ll be well worth your efforts.