Everything You Need to Know About Slow Drains

What to Do When Water isn’t Draining Fast Enough

Is water accumulating in your sink faster than it drains? Are you dealing with puddles of water every time you wash dishes or brush your teeth? Are your showers turning into baths?

When you’re dealing with slow drains, what seems like a minor issue can quickly become a big inconvenience. Thankfully, in most cases, all your drains need to work like normal again is a good cleaning.

DIY Drain Cleaning Without the Chemicals in X Easy Steps

  1. Use a Zip-It tool, a common and inexpensive tool found in most hardware stores, to clear out any solid obstructions like hair or food.
  2. Pour ½ cup of common household baking soda down the drain.
  3. Follow that up with ½ cup of plain white vinegar.
  4. Listen for the fizzing sound that indicates the two substances are reacting with each other – just like a science fair volcano!
  5. Rinse out your drains by pouring in a full pot of boiling water.

What Causes Slow Drains?

Slow drains are typically the result of built-up grime and sludge that isn’t quite enough to cause a total blockage. If they’re not dealt with fast enough, they can easily develop into full-on clogs!

Common substances that have been known to cause slow drains include:

  • Oil and grease
  • Soap scum
  • Toothpaste
  • Hair
  • Shaving cream
  • Coffee grounds

How Can I Prevent This From Happening?

The best way to avoid slow drains is to avoid the substances that cause clogs. But you can’t cut out food or soap from your life, so what else can you do to avoid slow drains in the future?

Keep your drains clean using these simple tips:

  • Don’t pour grease down your drains – freeze it and throw it away in the trash
  • Invest in drain traps or covers to catch hair and food
  • Regularly wash out your drains with hot water
  • Get our plumbers to perform regular maintenance

Are your slow drain problems still not solved? Let us know what’s going on, and we’ll get our professional plumbers on the job ASAP!

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