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How To Avoid Problems Associated With Floor Drains

by April Rivera

Floor drains don't always cause problems, but when they do, the problems can be nasty and dangerous for you. Here are a few tips for taking care of your floor drains:

Keep Your Floors Clean

Small dirt and debris on your floor may end up in the floor drains if you aren't careful. For example, if you don't sweep the floor before cleaning it, the debris on the floor will get swept along with the mop water and end up in the drains. The best way to deal with this problem is to clean the floor before mopping. It also helps to prevent debris from getting to the point where they can clog the drains in the first place. For example, you shouldn't brush your hair somewhere where the broken pieces may clog the drains.

Clean the Drains Regularly

Despite your best precautions, some debris will inevitably get into your floor drains. Even if the amount of debris that gets into the drain is small, it will eventually cause clogging if it isn't removed. Therefore, you need to clean your drains regularly, even if they seem to be working as usual, to prevent accumulation of debris that may clog it. You can use safe drain cleaning chemicals, hire a professional plumber for the job or alternate between the two cleaning methods.

Clear Clogs ASAP

If your floor drains do clog, deal with the clogging as soon as you notice it. The more you delay the more wastewater may back up in the drain, and this can eventually cause flooding in your house. You can try using drain cleaners, plunger or auger for the job. Alternatively, you can contact an emergency plumber to help you with the job.

Don't Let It Dry

It is not just debris that can cause problems with your floor drains; dry drains are also problematic. Floor drains have traps that capture sewer odors and prevent them from fouling up your indoor air. However, the traps only work if they are moist, which means you need to ensure they are always wet. The traps can dry out if they haven't been used for some time, for example, if you were away on vacation. You can prevent this by simply pouring some water (a gallon or so will do) down the drain.

Don't forget to have your floor drains professionally cleaned regularly. You also need a professional plumber's touch if the floor drains are acting up and you can't figure out why.