Drain Cleaning Dos And Don'Ts

Owing to accumulated debris, drains are susceptible to blockages and it is inevitable that they may clog time and again. The debris gets through the filter and fails to drain further into the pipes as required.

This unfortunate situation is bound to happen with your sink, shower or toilet and even gutters.

A clogged drain demands immediate attention and should be approached with caution because a hasty attempt to remedy the situation might exacerbate the problem. Here are some do's and don'ts where drain cleaning is concerned.


1. Install a proper drain filter

By installing a more efficient filter on your sink, bathroom and outside areas, you will be preventing the clogging problems in the first place.

Although drain areas may have a filter, in most cases it will be the kind that allows smaller sized debris to get through and accumulate to cause blockages. Getting a better and more efficient filter is a step in the right in direction.

2. Clean the filter regularly

With drain points outside the house like the rain water drain, it is imperative to clean the filter off stuck debris like leaves, broken twigs, polythene paper as well accumulated silt deposited by rain water.

If not cleaned, the next wave of rain water will carry some of the debris through the filter and eventually causing clogging. These clogs result in water collecting in unwanted areas.

3. Occasionally run hot water down the drain

Sink drains will usually give you a warning sign that they may be about to clog in the near future. If your sink is draining water slower than usual, it can only mean that there is partial blockage and if not addressed it could completely block so no water goes through at all.

Running hot water down your kitchen sink at the initial stage of blockage can be particularly helpful as it is will likely to dislodge whatever is causing the obstruction.

4. Run cold water

It is advisable to keep the cold water running simultaneously when you turn on the garbage disposal. This will ensure all food particles are forced down the drain and washed away. Keep the cold water running for a full minute for the process to be effective.


1. Avoid throwing greasy foods down the sink

Oily and greasy foods are better off disposed in the garbage bag. They might not present an immediate problem if you flash them down the sink. However, the accumulation of congealed oils and particles stuck to it will contribute enormously to future clogging in your drain.

2. Avoid throwing anything into the sink or toilet that will likely cause a blockage

Although this might sound obvious, things like cotton-ball, paper towels, cigarettes, bones, tufts of hair, bar soap and band aids should not be flushed down a toilet or a sink as they will definitely result in a blockage.

If you observe the do's, simply lifting the filter and letting cold or hot water run might be sufficient for cleaning drains. If all the above fails, you might be way in above your head and it's time to call a plumber.

Finally, if you have any questions about what to do or not to do, or just want a professional to take care of the issue more easily, contact a residential plumbing specialist, such as from Roto Rooter Plumbing & Sewer-Drain Service .