How Does it happen
Like many households, drains don’t always stay spotless. Maintaining the open valve and smooth passage for water in your drain system can help prevent a number of issues. These include clogs, leaks, and even worst cases, floods. A flooded kitchen is no joke and can lead to an expensive shelling of removing mold from old rotting food particles that dwell in the water. Take these necessary steps to ensure that your drain stays durable and gunk free.
Dinner is a common activity in the household, therefore many dishes will have spillage and leakage of fatty foods down the drain. Over time this creates a slimy undesirable coating and can build up in snowball effects of grease, chunked fat, and mildew that can cause all sorts of plumbing disasters. The odor is a common sign and definitely should be attended to immediately. Not only do you not want your house smelling like rotting eggs, but your sink doesn’t want that either!
How to address
There is a slew of chemical and non-chemical remedies you can try in your drain. Be sure to check which products you decide to purchase. Many are known for having the opposite effect do to the animal fat that is produced in making the chemicals. Simple remedies you may not have thought of that will not harm your household include, vinegar, Epsom salt, pine sol, ice cubes, etc.
The acidic properties of vinegar help break down clogged drains by eating away blockage. The best to use is distilled white vinegar. The active ingredient that makes for great gunk erosion is the acetic acid, containing a pH acidity of 2.5.
Best Ways To Prevent Household Drain Clogging
This is another acidic remedy used for getting rid of internal drain blockage. It has very similar properties to table salt. The difference is that it has a pH between 5.5.-6.5. It’ solubility (absorption) is 26.9g (or 100ML) and the hygroscopic properties helps absorb water out of the air. These two properties alone are what helps break down and wash away the buildup that has solidified for long periods of time.
Being the non-corrosive type, pine sol is made up of not so harsh chemicals. For example, the main ingredients consist of pine essential oil and surfactants related to build-up reduction such as water, isopropanol, and xanthan gum, which slows the absorption of sugar. This creates prevention of build of from food leftover.
Ice cubes + Fruit Peels
The antioxidants and natural fresh scent of the peels, along with the shards of cubes will not only cleanse the blades but the rid smell. The combo will remove odor from the food particles and flush it down completely.
There are certain devices that can be used to be able to show early detection of blockage. They are referred to as a slab leak detector. One of these devices is an EAE (Electronic Amplifying Equipment). It listens for the sound of dripping. It can notify you also directly to your smartphone depending on the software company.
EPL (Electromagnetic Pipeline Locators) This is used for pipelines that aren’t metallic. It makes an echo grid system to easily locate blockage that is deeper than the surface level. This is something many plumbers use to identify large blockage over years or decades (very useful in older residential homes with older plumbing). This method is before having to replace an entire system and saves a lot more money.
GTS (Gas Tracer System) This is used for when dripping can’t be heard or identified and amplify the ability for the plumber to see more blockage that other equipment may miss depending on the severity of the damage.
With all these handy dandy tools, you can easily prevent and maintain a spotless, safe plumbing drain system for your household.