There’s a lot of reasons why bathroom and sink drain get clogged. Some of these reasons are brought about by pure carelessness. The main purpose of drains is pretty obvious. Drains are openings intended for water flow.
We don’t want our bathroom drain to get clogged and cause flooding and further damage to bathroom floors if water unscrupulously creeps down beneath the tiles. On the other hand, when the kitchen or bathroom sink gets filled with water, it is surely another mess as this will not only cause inconvenience but a major repair on the pipes.
Bathroom floor water flows faster due to sloping. The slope will allow water flow to run through the drain faster (law of gravity?). But when the drain is clogged, either the top drain is blocked or something beneath it prevents the water from passing through, then it’s another piping job.
Most drain problems can be handled by anyone in the family. But to know what exactly needs to be done, first, you need to understand how to protect your drain from clogging.
Slow-moving drains or those that are completely locked up due to collected hair and soap scum, or leftover foods, can usually be fixed in no more than an hour.
The smartest thing to do before you get more serious drain problems, you need to be aware of what you’re dropping on the drain. For example, the kitchen and bathroom sink’s greatest enemies are used cooking oil, bits of leftover food, hair, and soap residue. How do we protect our drains from these elements?
- Place a screen to filter the stubborn clogs
- Clear the plates with leftover foods before putting them on the sink. The moment water flows, small bits easily flush down the drain where you have no chance to recover them
- Set aside cooking grease before you clean the pans. Grease and grime when left for a long time start to build up along the lining of the pipe.
- Always clean the sink even after you’re done with cleaning utensils.
- For bathroom drains, remove collected hairs. Hairs cannot dissolve unless you use a strong solvent to flush them down.
- Don’t choke the drain with too much water. You may never know how wide or narrow the pipe beneath to accommodate the rush.
Regular maintenance and proper cleaning are essential to keep your drains running smoothly. Below are simple life hacks and tips to protect your drain from clogging.
- Pour baking soda on the affected drain and then pour hot water. It may not completely unclog a problematic drain but this combination will relieve the pipe. Baking soda is known as an effective agent and scrubs for dirt and for removing foul odours. Hot water helps dissolve soiled pipes.
- Vinegar is helpful, too. Vinegar is a perfect solvent to clean and remove the buildup in pipes.
- For simple cleaning, just pour hot water to keep the oils from hardening on the surfaces of the pipes.
When the simple job becomes tougher
Remove hair from the top drain
Collected strands of hair are a true mess when they clog the drain. Using a mesh, you can prevent these strands from getting down into the pipes. Catch the hair before they are totally flushed. Once they go down the drain, they will combine with other clogs, and a bigger job is waiting.
Never dump grease into the drain
While this is being discussed many times over in the previous paragraphs, grease is an annoying mess when it reaches the pipe. In time, grease, along with other clogs will harden along the pipe, making the passage narrower. To prevent this from happening, remove the grease from the pan after cooking and throw it away. Don’t dump the leftover oil or grease down the drain pipes.
Wet cement, sand, and grout
The tendency of some people when they are working with sand, grout, or wet cement is to rinse them off in the sink. Never do this. Cement will harden through time and will turn into rocks. Imagine your pipes if small rocks form. Although sand is different from cement, it actually still hard. When sand is rinsed down the drain pipes, the tendency is for the sand to collect on the end line, preventing the flow of water. And it’s much harder to clear up the sand when they are pushed away far, making it hard to unclog the trap.
When you’re retiling your sink or bathroom, it’s your instinct to wash out grout. Like sand, grout clogs the drains.
Call your friendly plumber when things get worse
While these tips are simple do-it-yourself jobs, giving you the chance to be your home’s handyman, you can seek the help of the more reliable handyman to fix your drains and pipes in the bathroom and kitchen. Sometimes, when the root cause of the problem is undetectable, it may be because the pipes have collapsed due to major soil clog. Plumber Portsmouth can help you sort things out. Our professional tradesmen will keep your drains and pipes from working smoothly. Call us on our hotline 02393 960126 and our men will handle all piping jobs.