It is not unusual for some homeowners to neglect the floor drains located in the basement. Since this part of the house is rarely used (except for those who have set up their laundry area or carpentry areas there) and is also so rarely visited, people tend to forget to check and clean the said drains until a problem occurs. Yes, most of the time, people experience backflows and flooding first before paying attention to the main source of these plumbing emergencies. And this is really a bad habit. Remember, your drains in your basement need as much care and maintenance as your kitchen sink or bathroom shower drains do. So for today, let us share with you a detailed guide on how to clean this part of your plumbing!
1. Wear your rubber gloves because you surely don’t want to get your hands dirty. Once you’re properly suited, locate your basement floor drain and detach its cover. You just have to remove the screw that holds it down by using a Phillips screwdriver. Once it is disconnected from the drain, lift it out of the way to give you access to the pipe.
2. Check if you can see any debris. If there are, remove them. There may also be some buildup around the sides of the drain. You can use an old toothbrush to scrub the dirt and substances off. Make sure that you have a bucket or a container where you can dispose of all the waste particles you’ll gather.
3. Once you have already removed visible sediments, get a bucket of boiling hot water. Pour it slowly into the drainpipe. Doing so will loosen the hold of the sticky and stubborn substances that have clung onto the walls of the pipes. Wait for the water to disappear and leave the drain alone for about 15 minutes.
4. When the time is up, get a box of your favorite baking soda. Yes, for this drain, you’ll use a box weighing about 16 ounces of this popular baking ingredient. Start to pour it into the drain, sprinkling as you go so that it will hit the walls of the drainpipe.
5. Now time to make it fizzle! Get 3 cups of vinegar and pour it down the drain. Let it sit there for about 10 minutes and let the two ingredients create an interesting chemical reaction.
6. After 10 minutes, pour 6 cups of boiling hot water slowly into the drainpipe. Do this one cup at a time to rinse the walls of the drainpipes and wash away what’s left of the two ingredients you used prior.
7. Now clean or replace your basement drain’s cover. Install it back, sit and relax.
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Posted on: June 10, 2015