There's nothing worse than hopping in the shower for a relaxing escape only to look down and realize you're standing in a few inches of water. The same can be said when your kitchen sink backs up with water, along with chunks of food. Whatever the specific scenario might be, one thing's for sure: clogged drains are no fun. Believe it or not, you don’t always have to get our highly trained maintenance staff on the phone for a repair. Sometimes, you can easily make the fix yourself, without the help of a professional. Let’s break it down by the type of drain clog, and we’ll tell you how to tackle them successfully.
Clogs in bathroom sinks can be caused by any number of things, including hair, hardened toothpaste, and the fallout from shaving. Luckily, they're typically one of the easier blockages to tackle. If you have a slow-draining bathroom sink, one of the simplest things you can do to clear it is mix up half a cup of baking soda and half a cup of white vinegar. Pour these items down your drain, let it sit, and follow with a couple of quarts of boiling water. It might a few attempts over a period of several days to fully clear it out, but with each pass of the solution, the water in your bathroom sink should drain faster.
Tub and Shower Drains
When it comes to a tub and/or shower drain clog, the main culprit is usually hair, especially of the long variety. Invest in a drain stopper, and you can easily r extract the blockage in just a few minutes with the help of needle nose pliers-tweezers work. If you remove the drain stopper and don't see a wad of hair in plain sight, it may have sunk into the depths of the pipes, making for a more difficult clog. While your first inclination may be to pour Drano down the hole and hope for the best, it's wiser to hold off. There are so many products out there that are chemical-based that either cause damage to the pipe system or end up burning your maintenance technician when they go in to investigate, so be weary!
Finally, the biggest causes of kitchen sink clogs are grease and food. That's why it's so important to scrape any crumbs off your plate and into the trash before giving it a good rinse. Many people believe that that's what garbage disposal is for, but ultimately, this is a flawed train of thought. Prevention is always key in preventing clogs. If it’s already too late for that, reach for brands like Dawn or Bio-Clean. As grease is the number one reason for kitchen sink clogs, these grease-cutting soaps will cut through it unlike anything else. Notice your drain is gurgling? It might be time to call in a pro!
Optimize every aspect of your life with these interesting tips and ideas, courtesy of the professional team at Haven at Main Apartments in Houston, Texas.