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A Drain Cleaning Nightmare – After Holiday Drain Cleaning Tips

Holidays bring a lot of cheer and good times. Along with all of the extra entertaining comes added pressure on your drains, leaving some homeowners with an unpleasant Holiday calling card. All of that extra cooking and extra house guests can amount to a plumbing nightmare for your drains. Fortunately, we have drain cleaning tips to help you get over the effects of your Holiday entertaining.

#1 Deodorize Garbage Disposal

The after effect of Holiday entertaining can leave your drains smelling less than fresh making drain cleaning after the Holidays a great choice. This happens as debris buildup in your garbage disposal allowing bacteria to flourish. You can deodorize your garbage disposal by cleaning it out with hot water, baking soda, and vinegar. You can also use a lemon peel as well. Deodorizing your drains on a regular basis is a good idea to help prevent bacteria from spreading, which leads to that unfavorable smell.

#2 Remove Debris from Garbage Disposal Blades

Over time, especially after heavy usage, debris can buildup on your garbage disposal blades. This can make your garbage disposal work less efficiently. You can knock the debris off of the blades of your garbage disposal by putting ice cubes down the drain. Contrary to popular belief, the ice cubes do not sharpen the blade, but help remove buildup on the blades. Using the hot water, baking soda, and vinegar mixture mentioned above can also help remove buildup that naturally occurs on the blades of your garbage disposal.

#3 Use a Plunger

If your drains are running sluggishly after your Holiday entertaining, then you may have a clog. Using a plunger can help unclog your drain. It's important to make sure that you are using the right plunger for the job. A cup plunger is for plunging sinks and a flange plunger is for plunging toilets. For sanitation purposes, you probably don’t want to mix up the two.

#4 Zip -it or Millipede

You may need to consider doing some routine drain cleaning after having house guests, particularly in your showers. After heavy usage hair can get clogged in the drain. That’s where Zip-its or Millipedes come in handy. They both have similar functions, a flexible line with barbs that can easily fit down the drain. Zip-its are designed for single use and kind of resemble a pipe cleaner. While Millipedes look kind of like a centipede.

#5 Call Your Plumber

If your drains are particularly slow or you notice low water pressure after your Holiday entertaining, then you may want to consider calling your plumber to do some routine drain cleaning. Regular drain cleaning done a professional is the best way to keep things moving. Call today to schedule your routine drain cleaning.