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3 Simple Ways to Clean Your Garbage Disposal

Even homeowners who take proper care of their plumbing systems often miss a few key fixtures during routine cleaning and maintenance. Many times, that includes cleaning floor drains. Because these drains aren't a part of a larger plumbing fixture, they're easy to overlook. However, it's important to follow regular cleaning and maintenance regimens on these drains, just as you would with any sink or tub drain in your home. With that in mind, take a look at these three maintenance tips for taking proper care of the floor drains in your home:

Clear clogs ASAP

Everything from pet hair to dryer lint to random debris can easily be swept into your floor drains, so clogs or backups are a bit more common than you may think. If you notice a room in your home is draining slowly, clear that clog as soon as you can so it doesn't worsen or potentially cause flooding. Often, a basic plunger works well to clear clogs in your floor drains - just make sure it's totally sealed around the drain, and pump a few times. If that doesn't dislodge the clog, try pouring a solution of baking soda and white vinegar down the drain.

Fill traps every so often

Floor drains have traps directly underneath them (these are U-shaped pipes that carry water down, then back up and out of your home's system). The purpose of traps is to prevent sewer odors and gasses from making their way through the drain and into your home. Make sure to fill these traps regularly to ensure they're working as they should - simply pour a gallon of water down each floor drain in your home. The water will fill the trap, forming a barrier between your home and your sewer system.

Regularly clean drains

Finally, even if you aren't noticing clogs or odor issues, it's important to regularly clean the floor drains in your home. Use our safe, liquid drain cleaner, or, if your drains haven't been cleaned in a while, have a professional plumber from your local Roto-Rooter do the job for you. It's a good idea to schedule professional drain cleanings annually to prevent clogs and keep your system in great shape.

If your floor drains are acting up and you aren't sure why, your local Roto-Rooter professional will be happy to help.