Practical Drain Maintenance

In our last post, we discussed the dangers of neglecting your drains. This applied to drains in your kitchen, bathroom sinks, or even in the tub. The most obvious drain maintenance is keeping some of the worst offenders out of your drain. That means keeping it clear of things like soap scum, hair, coffee grounds, and cooking grease… even if you have a garbage disposal! In today’s blog, we’ll offer some simple things you can do to keep your drain flowing!


As frequently as ONCE A WEEK, you can flush your drains. All you need to do is pour boiling water down each of your drains. Pour half a pot down the drain, wait about 5 minutes, then pour the rest. The steaming hot water will help clean some of the gunk and grime out of your sink and pipes to help water flow more smoothly. This is especially good for melting thick grease that can cause backups.


Every month or so, flush your drains using an enzymatic cleaner. You can find these products online or at most general hardware stores. These products use special combinations of enzymes to effectively “digest” and further break down any residue in your drains.


If you have a garbage disposal in the kitchen, occasionally put a couple of ice cubes in the drain and run the disposal. That will help clear out some of the hard-to-reach gunk and sharpen the blades on the disposal.


Chances are pretty good you experimented with baking powder and vinegar in a high school chemistry class. It’s a fun little experiment, and, when used on your drain, it will really help keep it clean. Just pour about half a cup of each down the drain, then chase it with hot water from the tap.


Follow these simple drain maintenance steps, and you should be in good shape. If not, you know who to call. The Bosworth Company is always ready to respond to your plumbing needs. Give us a call today at 432-570-5233 or schedule an appointment online. Worth the call. Always.