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Home Maintenance And Cleaning Recommendations For Well-Flowing Plumbing And Drain Lines

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As a regular part of living a healthy lifestyle, you need to keep an eye on your home's drains and toilets to make sure they are always working their best. With regular use, your plumbing lines and drains can get clogged and built up with debris and scum from rinsing, cleaning, and showering. However, if you keep up on the health of your sewer or septic system, they will provide you with years of great drainage for your household. But when a clog or slow drain does occur, here are some recommendations to keep your home sewer drains and lines cleaned so they can function properly.

Complete Your Own Maintenance

One of the first tasks you can do on a regular basis is to keep your drains and lines cleaned out. Take some time each week when you clean your bathroom and kitchen, for example, and pull debris from the drain trap. It is a helpful recommendation to remove the drain cover and use a pair of needle-nose pliers to remove the gunk and build-up that can stick into the drain line. Toss the debris into the wastebasket and rinse the drain with clean hot water.

You can also pour some baking soda into the drain, then follow it with vinegar. The bubbling reaction to the combination will clean out the inside of the drain and line. Follow this up with a pot of boiling water poured into your drain to rinse it clear through. This is also a great way to clean your drain when you are on a septic system and don't want to harm the beneficial bacteria in your septic tank.

Complete Occasional Drain Line Cleaning

Despite your best efforts to keep the drains and the upper lines cleaned out with regular treatments, there may still form a clog further in your drain line, especially if you have a kitchen sink disposal. Clogs can occur below your toilet into the line if too much toilet tissue and solid waste form a blockage without enough water. And your line may get clogged as it exits your home and enters your lateral drain line or into the septic tank line. 

Anytime you experience a lower plumbing clog that you cannot remove with a plunger or with a liquid cleaner, contact a professional plumber to clear the line. They will have a commercial strength sewer auger or hydrojet snake. Both of these tools are great for removing a clog anywhere in your home's plumbing and lateral lines, but a hydrojet system will clean out the interior of the pipes with a high-pressure water spray. 

Contact a drain cleaning contractor to learn more.