One of the most embarrassing situations a homeowner can deal with is having a restroom mishap when a guest is visiting. Most problems arise from drain problems that can be easily prevented. The following are a few tips to keep your drains running smoothly.
Hot Water Trick
The first thing you have to remember is to run hot water after using your drains. All you have to do is run the water for a few minutes to ensure the drains are as clean as possible. The toilet is a bit trickier; just pour hot water down the toilet from time to time. Be careful not to use boiling water. Even though water this hot can give you positive results, it could be detrimental to some of the plumbing within your bathroom fixtures so keep that mind.
Baking Soda Step
Every so often, you are going to need to sprinkle some baking soda down the drain before pouring hot water. There are a number of reasons you might have to do this. For one, baking soda is slightly abrasive, so it can help lift any residue left on the walls of the piping within bathroom fixtures. Baking soda also neutralizes certain smells before they become offensive. Keep in mind that certain odors can attract insects, so making sure your drain is as odor-free as possible is a good thing.
Use a Drain-Gate
The drain-gate can keep your drains clear of clogs for a while. You need to make sure you use them in every drain that you can, including those outside of the restroom. You know how troubling a clog can be and how costly it can be. There is no need to take a chance when all you need to do is use a drain-gate or screen. Granted, this will not work for your toilet, but it can keep your other drains clean.
Vinegar and Baking Soda
Sticking to some of the suggestions mentioned here should keep the plumber away for awhile, but that does not mean it is impossible for your drains to get sluggish at some point. Now, a sluggish drain does not necessarily mean you need to call a professional just yet. You may simply need to pour some vinegar and baking soda down the drain. The bubbly action should help scrub away whatever is causing the water to go down slowly. You are going to need to let the vinegar and baking soda work their magic for about 30 minutes before pouring hot water down the drain. Remember, do not hesitate to call an emergency plumber if the clog gets worst.
These suggestions should keep your bathroom ready to be used by a guest at any given time. Still, be sure to keep your plumber’s number handy just in case the worst happens because life always packs a punch when you least expect it.