Spring Cleaning: Ensuring Your Drains Are Clean Too
Mar 25, 2010 1:05 PM
Q: I am going to begin my spring cleaning in a few days. Should I include drain-cleaning in my routine? How do I clean a drain?
A: When it comes to spring cleaning, people often forget the household surfaces that aren’t in plain sight. But just like your countertops, floors and mirrors, the inside of your drains needs to be cleaned too. Without proper drain maintenance, pesky clogs can pop up when you least expect them. In fact, it’s important to incorporate drain cleaning into all your major cleaning routines. Doing so will help you keep those clogs away.
To clean your drains, remove the drain stoppers throughout your home. Clean each one thoroughly, as food, soap scum and hair can easily cling to stoppers and create problems.
Then test each drain. Run faucet water to see if your drain is running slowly or if it is completely clear. If it’s clear, use a clog-prevention product like Drano® Prevention. This product uses natural enzymes and bacteria to remove the gunk that can eventually lead to a clog. Continue to use Drano® Prevention on a monthly basis to help keep your pipes gunk free.
If your drain is running slowly, use a Drano® product that’s specially designed for partially clogged drains, such as Drano® Dual Force™ Foamer. It dissolves clog-causing gunk in order to get your drains back to their free-flowing state.
As you’re continuing through this routine, be sure to clean all the drains in your home. There are a few that are easy to forget (laundry room drains, garage drains, guest bathroom drains, etc.).
With these simple steps, your drains and pipes will remain clean and clog free.