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Drain control without chemicals

Why is it that drains clog over the holidays?

What’s so magical about tree roots and potatoe peelings?

Many drain issues can be prevent with a little common sense. If you do have a clog in your drain, don’t reach for the harsh chemicals. Most commercial drain cleaners have lye, trichloroethane and hydrochloric acid, chemicals that can cause injury from splash back and damage your plumbing pipes.

Here are some tips to prevent clogging in the first place:
•    Use a drain strainer in your sink and tub drains, clean the strainer regularly
•    Be careful of the things you put down the drain – don’t empty the bottle of shampoo down the drain or the grease from the hamburger, do not put onions or potatoe skins in the garbage disposal
•    Use monthly drain maintenance treatments, especially great for older homes which have smaller drain pipes. You can use a natural drain cleaner that uses enzymes or bacteria to clean the drains.

Here’s a great recipe for natural drain cleaning that will save you money and time.

Pour a half-cup of baking soda followed by a half cup of vinegar down the drain. Let it stand and bubble for 15 minutes and pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain to flush the baking soda and vinegar away.

Use this treatment once a month and you may make it through the holidays with out the drain man coming to dinner.





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