How Often Should You be Cleaning Your Drains?

Without proper maintenance things break. This is true for everything in your home, from HVAC to plumbing. One way to avoid costly drain repair is to regularly clean out your drains.

As with any regular cleaning there are various levels to cleaning drains. There are quick cleans and deep cleans. You can concentrate on the drains where they start, or think of the entire system to the city connection. Different types of cleaning call for different cleaning intervals.

Quickly cleaning your drains should be done in your standard weekly cleaning, or even more often depending on the drain. An example of more often would be to clean the hair out of a shower drain after, or before, every shower. This isn’t some long, involved task, just a quick swipe of the surface hairs. Similarly, sink drains can be wiped out with a damp cloth one a week.

Do You Need a Deeper Clean?

A deeper clean doesn’t need to happen as often. This would be where you use some form of chemical or mechanical cleaner to clean inside the drain line itself. Harsh chemical cleaners shouldn’t be used very often, maybe a couple of times a year at most, preferably less. They are intended to dissolve blockages, not just clean. Milder chemicals, like window cleaner or baking soda and vinegar, can be used more often, such as every month. Mechanical cleaning is simply using something like a hanger to go down in the drain and pull items up. You could also place a bucket under the P-trap and open it to dump out any sediment that has collected. None of this needs to happen more than once a month, and quarterly is probably fine.

Cleaning out your system to the street should rarely need to happen. If your drains are properly maintained then the larger drain to the city system should never have problems. If it does show signs of problems instead of trying to clean it yourself, the work is best left to professionals. Professionals like those at Dellarocco Plumbing and Heating. We offer a full array of plumbing services in Lexington, MA and surrounding communities. Call 781-862-1049 today for more information.