Many households in Perth encounter clogged pipes and foul-smelling bathrooms and kitchens. To prevent the build-up of food scraps, soap scum, hair and other materials in your pipes that might lead to the blockage or breeding of bacteria and build-up of organic residue in your pipes, resulting in clogging of your pipes and bad odour, we recommend a thorough cleaning of your bathroom, kitchen and laundry area at least once every month.
Here are a few ideas on how to clean your pipes in particular.
Using biological cleaners
Enzymatic or biological cleaners such as Citra-Drain Biological cleaners are environmentally friendly, they are also safe for your drainage system compared to chemical ones, they help in keeping your drainage with a nice scent, and also prevent future problems with your piping from a build-up of moulds and other potentially harmful bacteria. Avoid using chemical cleaners as they are hazardous, some chemical cleaners react with aluminum causing corrosion that slowly eats into your metal pipes potentially causing pipe leakage and giving off a toxic gas that can solidify in the pipe causing blockage to your pipes.
Other disadvantages of chemical cleaners are:
- The chemical cleaners reaction with metal corrodes the pipes causing leakage, and consequently damage to pipes
- If chemical cleaners mix with other household cleaners, a reaction occurs that might cause your pipes to burst potentially cause damage to your pipes and also subjecting you and your loved ones to exposure toxins.
- Not very effective, some chemical cleaners such as liquid, gel and foam cleaners take up to 30 minutes to clear a clog.
This is a quick fix to help loosen or dissolve blockage you can achieve this by pouring boiling of water into your ceramic or metal drains. For PVC use hot tap water as the boiling water will loosen the joints leading to leakage.
This is an inexpensive household item everyone should have. The plunger uses pressure to loosen or force obstructions in your pipes to flow. This is, however, not practical on grease build up. What you should keep this in mind while using the plunger:
- Do not use the same plunger you use in your toilet on the kitchen sink. always have a separate plunger for the toilet for obvious reasons, you don’t want to introduce harmful bacteria to where you prepare your food.
- For double sinks, it is prudent to close the other sink’s drain with a piece of cloth or a plug for a complete seal, the plunger works on the principles of pressure, therefore, air escaping from the other drainage will prevent it from working properly.
- Always clean your plunger after use to prevent the breeding of bacteria on the plunger.
Enlist professional help whenever the need arises, luckily there are many qualified plumbers in Perth, they are equipped with a “plumbers’ snake”, you can also buy this tool for your personal use but it is not recommended as there is a possibility of damaging your pipes potentially causing leakage, the tool has a rotating coil at its tip that spins rapidly removing what’s blocking your sink. They sometimes also use a Hydro-Jet, a tool that generates a powerful stream of water to push down the blockage. In extreme cases, the plumbers may have to excavate buried pipes for assessment and clearing blockage.
With simple home supplies, you can effectively unclog your drainage, for this procedure you will need;
–Pour a pot of boiling water down the drain
–Add half a cup of baking soda in the drain and let it sit for a few minutes.
–Mix half a cup of boiling water and half a cup of baking soda then pour it in the drain.
–Cover the drain to prevent foam resulting from the reaction from overflowing, let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
–Pour a pot of boiling hot water to the drain to flush out the mixture, repeat this at least three times.
The baking soda loosens the sludge build up that is blocking your pipes, the resulting chemical reaction when mixed with vinegar dislodges the sludge and finally, the hot water flushes out all that unwanted matter away leaving your pipes clean and without the bad smell.