With winter right around the corner, it’s important to ensure that your home is prepared for the changes in temperatures. While winter plumbing maintenance often focuses on outdoor pipes, it’s important to pay attention to your drains as well. Aside from scheduling professional drain cleaning in Vail, CO from Snowbridge Inc., here are a few ways you can maintain your drains in the winter.
Be Careful of What Goes Down
Some substances should never go down your drains. In the kitchen sink, you should avoid putting grease and oil down as they can solidify in the drain and create a clog in your pipes. If this happens, you may urgently need drain cleaning services to fix the problem. Always throw grease and oil in the garbage instead.
Brush Hair Before Bathing
If you brush your hair before taking a shower or bath, you can minimize the amount of hair that gets into the drain. It can help to potentially avoid a badly clogged drain. While there will still be some hair getting into the drain of your shower or tub, it will be significantly less.
Use Drain Screens
Using drain screens in all of your sinks, showers and tubs is essential. They can catch a lot of the hair, food residue and gunk that gets into those fixtures and prevent badly clogged drains.
Check for Proper Draining
Go around your home to inspect all the drains. Let the water run and flush your toilets to check for proper draining. If any of the drains have problems such as the water going down too slowly or if you have standing water, you will want to get professional drain snaking or hydro jetting to remove any blockages in your pipes.
Clean the Drains
Cleaning your drains during the winter and all year long is important. You can use baking soda and vinegar to clear them out once per month, which can keep them clean and help prevent clogs. Use the combination at night, let it sit and then pour boiling water down the drain the next morning.
If you live in Colorado and need a reputable drain cleaning company to get rid of clogged drains, contact Snowbridge Inc. at your earliest convenience.