Posted on 2/8/2013

When not properly maintained, drains can become a major nuisance and cause serious plumbing issues. In addition to draining slowly, drains throughout your home can also begin to emit unpleasant odors. This can be particularly problematic if you have guests over. Here is a guide to ensuring that your drains stay functional and free of odors.

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Clean Your Drains Regularly
If you are tired of slow and smelly drains, the first step you should take is to clean your drains out and deodorize them. Kitchen drains often clog and emit odors due to the buildup of food waste. You can help prevent these buildups from occurring in the first place by running your garbage disposal regularly. If you find that your drain is emitting unpleasant odors, you can ameliorate the problem by pouring a cup of baking soda down your drain, followed by hot water. In addition, dropping a citrus peel into your garbage disposal from time to time will help maintain a fresh odor. When it comes to bathroom drains, make sure to remove any hair from your shower or sink drain right away to prevent clogs.

Prevent Clogs
The best way to deal with slow and smelly drains is simply to prevent them from getting that way in the first place. When it comes to your kitchen sink drain, for example, be careful not to use it as a trash can. Food waste should be thrown in the trashcan before you place dishes in the sink. Only place food in your garbage disposal that is designed to go there; never put grease, pasta, or coffee grounds down your drain.

If left unattended, drain clogs can cause far more than mere inconvenience. Serious clogs can damage your plumbing system and require expensive repairs. To learn more about how to deal with slow and smelly drains, call Arrow Plumbing Inc. today at (888) 349-8161. Our plumbing technicians have been serving Libertyville and the surrounding communities since 1996.