Because Easter is yet another holiday that focuses on eating and visiting friends and family, there are steps you can take to minimize the chance of a clogged drain adding an additional problem and the need to call a plumber.. to an already busy day.
Some steps you should perform before guests arrive and the holiday commences, while other actions must be performed with vigilance while the celebration is taking place.
Preparing your drains for Easter
You should check the wire mesh strainers in your drain cups for buildup that may slow your drains. Bathroom strainers may have hair, toothpaste, and soap embedded in the mesh, lowering their effectiveness to a point that the sinks or tubs may drain slowly.
This may cause additional buildup to form, and may cause guests to pull out the strainers, which merely sit atop the drain cup. This will allow every sort of debris to enter your sink or tub drain, and result in a drain clog at a more inaccessible point in your drains.
To clean your strainers, you should twist a wadded paper towel or cloth around inside the strainer, then dump any loosened material into the trash. Don’t simply turn the strainer upside down and run water forcefully to clean the strainer, or the dislodged material will go into your drain.
You can help to prevent your toilet drains from becoming clogged by preparing your bathroom before guests arrive. Don’t leave any paper towels in the bathroom to prevent them from being flushed down the toilet by uninformed guests. Keep an adequate supply of cloth hand towels instead.
Guests with babies may also throw “flushable” diapers and baby wipes into your toilet. You can avoid this potential toilet overflow issue by placing a small hamper in the bathroom, and requesting that diapers and wipes be placed in the hamper.
Kitchen strainers may have food debris that lowers the drain speed. You should dump any debris into the trash rather than down the sink, which would nullify the purpose of using a strainer.
Protecting your kitchen sink drain will require vigilance, as food is prepared and scraps discarded by family members and guests alike. There are specific items that you should keep from being placed in your sink drain or disposal, which include:
Used cooking oil or grease
Dumping cooking oil or grease into your kitchen drain will cause it to congeal (thicken) inside the drain. Pouring hot water into the drain after dumping oil will only allow it to travel farther into the drain line before congealing, making a potential drain clog even more difficult to remedy.
Easter egg shells
Even if the shells are decimated by a garbage disposal, the membrane inside the shells can shred and form a web that captures additional material inside your drain pipe and creates a drain clog.
Bones that are tossed into a disposal will splinter and lodge themselves inside your drain pipe, collecting debris as it passes.
You may also prepare your drains before guests arrive by pouring a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of white vinegar into each drain. The mixture will foam and eat away any slight buildup inside your drains, while leaving a fresh clean scent in your home.
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