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Maintain Your Drain! Preventing Household Clogs

Our kitchen and bathroom sinks handle all types of clog-inducing gunk: hair, soap, grease, food waste, and more. No matter how many precautions you take with what you put down your drain, it still may begin to slow down over time. Follow these simple drain maintenance tips to prevent drain buildup and clogs before they even form:
  • Use a screen or drain-grate.  Screens and drain-grates cover the drain’s opening and minimize blockages caused by hair and soap scum, while also preventing buildup from collecting. To keep your screen or drain-grate operating properly, flush hot water down your drains once a week to assist in dissolving grease, soap scum and additional waste.
  • Clean with vinegar and baking soda. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain followed by 1 cup of distilled white vinegar as a quick and non-toxic way to clear accumulating buildup. After you seal the drain with a stopper, allow the mixture to sit in the drain for thirty minutes and the resulting foam will help loosen and remove clogs.
  • Have your home plumbing system inspected. Once every six months to a year, hire a plumber to snake your home’s drain lines for any buildup that can lead to a clog.
Call ARS®/Rescue Rooter® at 1-800-277-9400 for expert HVAC and Plumbing service in your area, including regular cleaning and repair.

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