When you ask people what their most hated chore is, cleaning bathrooms usually tops the list, which really isn’t too surprising. And what’s the worst of the worst when it comes to scrubbing bathrooms? Cleaning out clogged drains.

Fortunately, there is an easy way to help keep all your drains free from gross clogs, and it will only take a few minutes, once every month or so. Are your drains already causing problems? Find a Burnaby drain maintenance service to help clear out the gunk and follow these simple cleaning tips.

But First: What Not to Put Down the Drain

A little build-up in your drains is normal, and regular cleaning can help ensure that those small accumulations don’t turn into drain-clogging masses. Kitchens, bathtubs, or toilets, here are five things you should never put down any drain:

Just because it fits down the drain doesn’t mean it belongs there. These five seemingly innocent waste products might appear harmless enough, but they can be wreaking havoc inside your plumbing.

Liquid fats and grease solidify as they cool, turning into a lard-like substance. When you pour these items down your drain, they congeal in your plumbing, causing slow draining pipes and clogs. Instead of rinsing fats down the drain, wait for them to cool and scoop them into your compost with a bit of paper towel.

Similarly, flour and coffee grinds turn into a sticky, gunky paste when mixed with water. To stop them from clogging up your pipes, always dispose of flour and coffee grinds in the compost bin.

The Easiest Way to Clean Your Drains

Ok, so what’s the best way to avoid calling for Burnaby drain maintenance service? Regularly clean your drains with these quick steps.

Step 1: Take all your Chemical Drain Cleaners and Toss them Out

Chemical drain cleaners are not the solution to clogged pipes. Not only are they potentially harmful to your plumbing, but they are also bad for the environment. There are better (and safer) ways to keep your pipes clean.

Step 2: Boil Some Water

Pour a few cups of very hot (not quite boiling) water down the drain or just let the hot water run for a few minutes.

Step 3: Grab Some Vinegar and Baking Soda

Once you are done with the sink for the night, pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain and follow it with a half cup of white vinegar. Plug the drain and leave it to sit until morning. You’ll probably hear a fizzing sound. That’s perfectly normal; it’s the reaction between the baking soda and vinegar doing its thing. Overnight it will loosen any residue that has built up in your pipes, and step 4 will wash it away.

If you don’t have time to let the mixture sit overnight, give it at least 15 minutes before rinsing.

Step 4: Rinse Again 

In the morning, rinse your drains one last time with a hot kettle or tap water, and you are good to go. Your drains should be working (and smelling) like new.

If you’ve gone through all these steps and your drains are still draining slowly, you can repeat the process. If your drains still aren’t draining correctly, it may be time to call your preferred source for Burnaby drain maintenance services; something more severe than a clog could be going on inside your plumbing.