Drain Cleaning S(t)inks (Charlotte Drain Cleaning Tips)

Charlotte Drain Cleaning Tips

Most people never really consider the life of their pipes or how much this integral household system caters to your civilized lifestyle. That is until something goes wrong. We panic; we pull the cob webs off the plunger; and we poke it aimless in the direction of the problem. Honestly, most of us are clueless. But you don’t have to be. Let’s focus on the basics.

Preventing Problems

Before you find yourself frantically dialing the plumber at 1am, let’s talk about prevention. There are some simple steps you can follow to improve the life of your pipes.

  1. Pay attention to what you put down it.

This may sound like a no-brainer, but I know some of you are forcing food particles through those tiny slots as we speak. If you don’t have a garbage disposal, clear your plates in the trash can before you place the plates in the sink. Remember what goes down, may come back up to haunt you.

  1. Condition your pipes for peak performance.

Just like a singer may gargle salt water to revitalize their throat before a big show, so should your pipes.

  • Fill your sink with HOT water.
  • Add a cup or two of salt to the water.
  • Stir it well and pull out the plug.

NOTE: You may want to wear gloves, because the water needs to be really HOT when it goes down the drain.

NOTE: It’s best to do this before you go to bed, so you know you won’t be using the sink for a few hours.

This will deter odors and keep grease from clogging the drain.

  1. Speaking of grease, make sure you flush it well.

Don’t just pour grease down the sink without following it with HOT water. This will prevent it from sticking to the pipes.

Drain Cleaning Problem Solving

  1. If you still get clogs, read the labels of what you are flushing down the drain.

Don’t just flush chemicals down the drain haphazardly. Make sure it’s safe for your situation. Not all anti-clogging agents are suitable for PVC pipes or garbage disposals.

Try to make your own anti-clogging agent.

  • Pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain.
  • Follow it with ½ cup of white vinegar.

NOTE: Be prepared for some possible bubbling and brewing due to their chemical reaction.

  • Wait an hour, and then pour a couple gallons of HOT water down the sink.
  1. No luck?

Let’s learn how to use that plunger properly, shall we?

  • Fill the sink about a quarter of the way full with lukewarm water.
  • If you have a double sink, plug the other drain.
  • For a bathroom sink, stuff a wet rag into the overflow hole.
  • Now, plunge up and down vigorously.
  • Try this for about ten minutes.

NOTE: If you haven’t made any progress at this point, like seeing floating particles come up, then the clog may be deeper than you expect.

  • If there are visible signs of improvement, pour a couple gallons of HOT water down the drain.
  • If problem persists, repeat process once.
  • If still not 100 percent, call for help.
  1. Know when to call in the professionals.

If you’re a real do-it-yourselfer then you probably have no reason to read this blog, so go pull out your fancy pipe snake and work some magic. For the rest of us, let’s not get too cocky.

Charlotte Drain Cleaning Experts

Call for help. You don’t want to do more damage than good. Call a professional plumber, and remember prevention is the key from here on out.

I hope this information just took the stink out of sink drain cleaning!

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