Maintaining clean drains with Draino.

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Old 04-25-17, 09:06 PM
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Maintaining clean drains with Draino.

What do you all like to do/use to maintain clean drains aside from not putting things in the drain that can cause problems.

I am aware to be careful to limit what we put down any drains including sink drains and bathroom drains, but obviously it's a drain! so it's going to get small amounts of buildup over time, what do you like to put down the drain to maintain it periodically: Draino? Vinegar? Baking soda? Lye?
 
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Old 04-26-17, 04:20 AM
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Harsh chemicals are the last thing you want to put down a drain. Not sure if you are on a septic system or municipal sewer. Hot water will often help keep initial drain elements from having build up. If the sink clogs you can always put a pan under the drain and remove the ptrap to give you access to not only the drain above but to the main drain below.
 
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Old 04-26-17, 04:48 AM
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I am totally against any commercial or chemical drain cleaners. They pollute the environment and have ruined the water table. The only proper way to unclog a drain is a mechanical means such as a snake.
 
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When I bought my house the kitchen sink had a drain line that was undersized and long. The previous owner had used a LOT of Drano or similar to compensate for the slow drain. While I don't remember there being any leaks the PVC was distorted from too much Drano setting in the line. That was 26 yrs ago and I've never used any drain cleaner since I've moved here.
 
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I never use drain cleaner and I have never had a clogged drain. By far the best thing you can do is avoid allowing any grease or oils to go down the drain. Second most important is to not allow stuff to go down the drain that shouldn't such as Hot Weels cars, plastic army men, barbie heads, shoes, socks and feminine hygiene products...
 
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Old 04-26-17, 01:33 PM
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The only drain "cleaner" I would use is the type that uses enzymes to break down buildup caused by soap, body oils, etc. ZEP Drain Care is one. People that lived in some old historic houses in VA used it and said it did wonders after about a few weeks of use and then maintenance treatments. These were very old homes where replacement of the old plumbing would have been prohibitively expensive and any caustic type cleaners could have caused big problems.
 
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