How To Clean A Floor Drain In The Basement

how to clean a floor drain in the basementIn your house, the basement floor drain is the lost stop of sewage before it finally goes to your septic tank or the public sewer where your property is connected to. It is exposed to various types of wastes: food substances, human waste, soiled water from your plumbing fixtures and grease among many others. Because of the constant exposure to these substances, the pipe gets clogged in the end. To prevent plumbing problems, you’ll have to consistently clean your basement drain. Here’s an easy do-it-yourself guide!

1. Check your basement drain. If you see some screws that secure it to the floor, get a screwdriver and loosen them. Once the screws are removed, carefully lift the drain cover up.

2. Peak into the drain pipe. If there’s any noticeable debris near the hole, scoop them out. You can also scrub them with an old toothbrush. Make sure that you’ll dispose of the dirt in a bucket or garbage container.

3. Afterward, boil a pot of water and pour it slowly into the drain pipe. Be very carefully to prevent scalding. The hot water will soften the sediments that have already accumulated inside the pipe. It will also loosen the sludge and sticky substances that are stuck to the walls of the pipe. Wait for the water to completely drain and leave the pipe alone for approximately 15 minutes.

4. When the time is up, pour one box (about 16 ounces) of baking soda into the pipe. Make sure that you’ll scatter the powder, paying attention to the walls of the drain pipe.

5. Once you’ve emptied all the baking soda, pour 3 cups of white vinegar into the pipe. Let the two ingredients combine and create a chemical reaction. There will be a lot of fizzing and the mixture may escape so don’t forget to plug the pipe. Let the mixture sit for approximately 10 minutes.

6. When you no longer hear any fizzing sound, pour a bucket of hot water into the drain. Do this slowly to clean the pipe. This will flush the residues from the baking soda and white vinegar mixture.

7. Before putting the drain cover back, guarantee that it is clean. Wash and scrub it with a gentle detergent and water. Replace the cover and voila! You’ve successfully cleaned your drain pipe!

We hope that you learned how to clean a floor drain in the basement through our blog today. Call a reputable Wellington plumber to help you with your basement drain. Plumbers 911 Florida provides trusted plumbing services in Wellington FL  including drain pipe cleaning, sewer inspection, leak detection, grease trap installation, drain lines installation and many more! Call us at 305-662-0668 (Miami-Dade County FL), 954-468-0512 (Broward County FL), 561-327-6287 (Palm Beach County FL) to schedule a service!

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Posted on: April 16, 2015