There is a part of the house that we never give a cleaning because we consider that we don’t have to do anything to it since, if something happens to it, we call the plumber and that’s it. And we ask ourselves, isn’t it better to prevent clogs and water pipe problems before something major happens and we have to spend the money?
Yes, it is. If you maintain your home’s plumbing properly and take good care of it, you will rarely experience clogs or notice that your drains are slower to swallow water. And let’s not even talk about the bad odors that are generated, phew! Today’s article we know you’re going to love it because that’s what it’s all about, tips for cleaning water pipes.
Tips for cleaning water pipes
One of the mishaps that we least like to have happen in the house is a clogged pipe because, when that happens, it means that the problem is quite advanced. Before reaching this situation, we are sure that the house itself has been sending us signals to warn us that something was happening but we did not notice them: bad smells everywhere, stagnant and very slow water in the drains of the sink and the bathroom sink, etc.
A clogged pipe is a big problem, and a big one, and it’s also a pain in the pocket because you have to call a plumber to fix it. How much money we could have saved if we had cleaned the pipes regularly! But, don’t worry, this won’t happen to you anymore because we have done a good job of research and have compiled, below, the best tips for cleaning water pipes:
Be careful what you pour down the drain.
Drains and pipes are designed for water and small human waste to pass through, so any other object or material passing through them will only cause a problem in the long run. Therefore, avoid at all costs hair, grease, oils, coffee grounds, eggshells, rice, pasta, etc., from falling on it. A good idea to avoid this is to use a drain strainer.
Pour hot water on them
A very easy way to keep your pipes and drains in good condition and prevent a clog in the future is to pour hot water down them from time to time. When the hot water flows through the pipes, it carries all the debris stuck in the pipes and carries it with it to the outlet.
Clean your pipes once a week
We recommend that you clean them once a week. Do not worry because it is quite simple to do because you will not need tools or anything unusual, just products that we all always have at home, such as baking soda and vinegar. To do this, what you will have to do is to pour, through the drain hole, half a cup of baking soda followed by half a cup of white vinegar. Cover the hole and let the solution act for at least one hour, as this is the minimum time needed for the chemical reaction to take place, which will dissolve any residue that has accumulated in the pipes. To finish, when the hour is up, pour boiling water.
Other home methods to clean pipes
If you have read us once or twice, you will have noticed that we love to use natural products for everything. For this reason, in addition to the home remedy that we have just mentioned above with baking soda and vinegar, we want to share with you two others that we also consider very useful. The first one consists of mixing half a cup of baking soda with half a cup of salt, pour the mixture down the drain and let it act for 30 minutes and finish with hot water. The other remedy would be to pour half a cup of baking soda, half a cup of lemon, leave them for an hour with the drain plugged and finish rinsing with boiling water.
As you can see, with a little perseverance it is very easy to avoid problems in the pipes at home. We’re not saying it won’t happen to you someday, because that’s what plumbers are there for, but you’ll be able to prevent it from happening less often.