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3 Greatest Drain Hacks to Extend the Life of Your Plumbing Piping

3 Greatest Drain Hacks to Extend the Life of Your Plumbing Piping

Professional drain cleaning helps your kitchen and bathroom pipes start out with a clean slate. There’s a good chance you can avoid it by practicing some everyday cleaning tips. The first order of business is paying attention to what goes down the drain, but what can you do once it’s already there?

Here are three quick and easy tips for keeping drains problem-free:

1. Baking Soda Blitz

Baking soda is an affordable and non-caustic food-grade ingredient you can safely pour in any kitchen or bathroom drain. While it doesn’t have super-scrubbing power on its own, it’s a wonderful way to keep your drains smelling clean.

2. Clearing Your Crud

While vinegar does a bang-up job of cleaning your pipes, it’s not always enough to clear out a clog. The reaction created by mixing vinegar and baking soda, on the other hand, can generate enough pressure to clear a path through the toughest clogs. Just make sure you cover the top of the drain after adding vinegar and flush the pipes with hot water.

3. Brush off Boiling Water

Running hot water in the pipes can help break up soap and grease residue. Unfortunately, too many homeowners go too far and pour boiling water down PVC pipes. It’s too hot and can create leaks and other problems.

If the above tips aren’t working, it might be time to schedule a professional drain cleaning. Using caustic chemicals can pollute your indoor air and lead to pipe damage. Contact our team at Dependable Service Plumbing for help today.

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