The continuous Waste Drain is easy to block and support. Once a part of the pipe is blocked by dirt, grime, grease, sticky substances or foreign objects, it may become annoying and inconvenient. You may smell dirty sewage in the drain pipe, or worse, find that sewage has accumulated in the drain pipe. Fortunately, the blockage is not difficult to eliminate. You only need to use a drain dredge specially designed for floor drains; when using plungers, pipe snakes or all other methods fail, please rely on your trusted plumbing professionals. But let me remind you of a famous saying: "Prevention is better than cure." Although it sounds clichéd, this sentence does have a lot of truth. Instead of wasting your time to alleviate the problem, how about just taking care of your floor drain appropriately? In this way, you don't have to suffer from unpleasant smells or dirty sewage. By cleaning regularly, you can surely keep the floor drain in top shape. This is a DIY guide you can follow.
1. Remove the floor drain cover. Loosen the screw holding the drain cover in place. You can use a Phillips screwdriver to accomplish this task.
2. When finished, look for the clean plug and release its cover. You can use a wrench to accomplish this task. After releasing it, just pull it out.
3. If the specific floor drain cannot flush the water quickly, pour a bucket of boiling hot water into the pipe. Doing so will soften the solidified grease or destroy the blockage formed inside the pipe. Be careful when assessing the drain, because if the drain is completely blocked, water may flow out and cause flooding.
4. If hot water does not solve the problem, please use high-quality baking soda and vinegar. Since you will be cleaning a relatively large drain, not only do you have to use one cup of these ingredients, you also have to increase it to 3 cups. Pour 3 cups of baking soda into the drain. Add 3 cups of white vinegar one by one. Plug the drain hole to allow the two components to form a chemical reaction. Once the bubbling stops, remove the stopper and pour a bucket of hot water to wash the ingredients. Make sure that there are no more obstacles. If there is still a problem with the drain pipe, continue to the next step.
5. To finally remove the waste accumulated in the drain pipe, use a plumbing snake. If you don’t have a store, you can rent this reliable plumbing tool in multiple stores. Insert the end of the plumber’s snake into the sewer until you feel some resistance. Turn the crank clockwise to overcome the blockage. After clearing the blockage, slowly pull the snake out and discard the waste collected by the snake drill.