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How to Clean Drain and Prevent Clogged Drains in 2020

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Below are a few tips to clean and prevent drain from clogging.

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So you have got a clogged drain, another few minutes will be spent in finding ways to save trouble of water spilling on your floor and that pungent odor!

Preventing clogged drains

  1.  Cooking grease is one of the most notorious culprit. So our #1 tips to prevent drain from clogging is to try and pour used grease oil in an old container and dispose in the trash. Even if 50% of the time you stick to not pouring this used grease in sink and instead disposing using trash bin. This will prevent drain pipe from clogging for a very long.
  2. If you have an instant geyser attached to you tap. It is recommended to run mild hot water through the sink thrice a day. Hot water will ease the flow of oil and greasy stuff through the drain thus keeping food particles from building up in the interior surface of pipes.
  3. Drain strainer is a very important piece of equipment protecting your drain pipes and increasing their life span.  It is also important to leave strainer in place at all times. Keep an extra strainer as a backup if strainer in use is lifted for cleaning this backup strainer can be fitted in place. Believe me, strainer is like a protective vest. And its value is most of the time underestimated.


Few commonly asked Questions on usage of Drain Cleaners:

Q1-How often can I use liquid fire in my bathroom sink?

Only a few times, when lines are clogged and water doesn’t drain or drains very slow, maybe when none of the traditional methods works. Liquid fire drain cleaners are usually high acids and they can eat or corrode any metal components if used often. In moderation they are safe for Septic Tank Systems. They should never be used in conjugation with any other chemical or drain cleaner. It is recommended to read the directions for usage carefully.

Q-2: I used Liquid Fire on tub and a bit backed up and removed the surface shine finish of the tub.  Is there something that we can apply to tub to return surface finish?

Interesting Reads on DIY refinishing the surface of the Tub. : http://www.wikihow.com/Refinish-Bathtubs and This http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,197046,00.html

And you might be interested in taking a look at this kit

AquaFinish Bathtub and Tile Refinishing Kit: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00642JDTM?m=A17LV7MCB6JG1B&qid=1453122277&ref_=sr_1_1&s=merchant-items&sr=1-1

Q-3 Are liquid fire drain cleaner safe on PVC pipes

Most drain cleaners are water based acids or alkalis and are tested to be safe for usage on PVC pipes in designated quantities.

Knowledgebase: Links to a few datasheet

Find it here : 
  1. http://www.ruralking.com/media/blfa_files/liquid_fire_hazard_sheet_1.pdf
  2. http://www.tmssouth.com/downloads/liquid%20fire%20msds1.pdf 


Drain Cleaning Tips – General 2015

The main part of any plumbing system is your drains. They are the portion of plumbing in which flushed waste and discarded water pass through to empty into the septic system or sewer. These are drains through which we get rid of waste water leftover from many activities.
Without drains it would have been difficult getting rid of the waste and alternative would have been with buckets that are dumped outside causing a huge mess and smell along with health hazards. Unfortunately, over time drains can become clogged with food junks, kitchen waste materials, bathroom waste like hairs, etc. and built-up grease. Here are a few tips to perform Drain cleaning:
Approach#1 - Prepare a drain cleaning mixture at home to keep your drains clear and clean. This drain cleaning mixture can be made of vinegar and baking soda and once prepared you can put this mixture in your drains once a month to keep them flowing.  To prepare this mixture of vinegar and baking soda, you would need: • One cup of baking soda • One cup of vinegary • Three to four quarts of very hot water Once a month you can follow: Pour the cup of baking soda into your drains following up with the vinegar and the boiling hot water. These three things combined cause a non-toxic chemical reaction that will help to push sediments down the drain trap helping your drain to open up and allow the flow. The baking soda is known to absorb the odors that are found in your drain. The vinegar has acidic properties that attack some of the hazardous pathogens that are found in your drain and the pipes. Using this recipe will also help to unclog a drain that is filled with loose debris too. Approach#2: The best tool to unclog a drain is the plunger. You can place plunger over the hole of the drain and vigorously pump several times to loosen the stuff that is clogging the drain. Remember to give the plunger a good suction strength and for that you should have about two inches of water in the sink, or just enough to cover the rubber part of the plunger. You may need to use a plumber's snake. It is a tool that has a long flexible steel cable that is wrapped around a hand crank. Before using it you need to remove the drain trap found in the cabinet below the sink. You can then insert the plumber snake into the pipe that leads to the sewer system and spin it in a clockwise motion. This motion will cause the loosening of stuff that is clogging the drain and you can can also take out some of the clogging stuff if required by pulling out the plumbing snake You can also use a chemical drain cleaner as a last resort. When a clog occurs, it causes huge troubles with the functioning of the plumbing. There are a variety of steps that can be tried to resolve the blockages, some natural, some chemical and some that require special tools.