Maintaining A Drainage System: Guidelines

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Maintaining A Drainage System: Guidelines

How do you maintain a drainage system?

Prevention is the most effective strategy to keep a healthy drainage system. In general, if you are careful about what you throw down your drains, you should not have to clean them very often. However, clogs can occur, and it is critical that you understand how to resolve these issues as well as how to keep your drains in good working order.

The first step in preventing clogged drains is to clean them on a regular basis. In fact, performing some actions on a regular basis may assist to prevent problems with your drains in the first place. But, just in case something goes wrong, we’ve compiled a list of our top 7 drainage systems maintenance advice. You may clean and maintain your drains in the same way you would clean the rest of your house. Keeping your drains clean and clear of debris is equally as vital as keeping your bathroom and kitchen countertops clean. If you do not take care of your drains, they can overflow and create massive problems.

Some drains in your home will require more frequent inspection, particularly your bathtub, shower, and bathroom sink drains, as these are typically where hair accumulates. It may not appear to be much, but it does not take much to clog a drain pipe. When you factor in all of the soap suds and toothpaste, it’s easy to see how blockages can form so quickly.

Drain Guard

Install a drain guard on all of your plug holes to decrease the quantity of the garbage that goes down the drain. Drain guards are little, grate-like disks that sit above your plug to collect debris, which you can then remove and discard. You can also purchase a shower drain guard to capture loose hair and other debris that may wash down the drains.

Drain Cleaner

There are numerous drain cleaners available on the market, which is an ideal solution for maintaining all of the drains in your home. Pour the solution down the drain, wait at least thirty minutes, or as directed, and then flush with hot water. Repeat every few months to keep your drains clean and prevent obstructions.

Use Boiling Water Regularly

One of the simplest ways to keep your drain healthy is to clean it once a week with hot water. Hot water keeps oils in food products flowing down the drain rather than accumulating on the interior surface of pipes, which can slow drains and cause blockages.

Garbage Disposal

Once a month, use a strong disposer brush to clean your waste disposal. Alternatively, a couple of cups of ice cubes and some table salt can be ground. This is an excellent method for removing grease and sludge from the disposer’s sides. Flush it out with cold water, then add half a lemon or lime to provide some fresh scents to your home after a smelly chore.

Washing Pets

Simply place a washcloth over the shower drain to capture excess hair and discard it later in the garbage. This will significantly reduce the amount of animal hair that ends up in the drain.

Look for Signs of Trouble

Problems with your drainage system are frequently undetected until it is too late. However, if you thoroughly study your property, you may detect some telltale symptoms of drainage issues. Is there any evidence of leakage or can you smell anything unusual? When you see wet patches or leaks occurring in unexpected areas throughout your house, this is a warning indication.

Let the Professionals Handle It

If you have a drain problem and are unsure how to proceed, please give us a call and we will send an expert to assist you. Royal Flush Plumbing is available 24/7, and our team is locally ready to come to your rescue as soon as possible.

How long does a drainage system last?

If you do not have a properly working drainage system installed, your home may suffer a catastrophic blow. As you will quickly discover, a drainage system that is inadequate for your home’s needs could cost you thousands of dollars in repairs that you could have avoided with reliable drainage. Quality drainage systems will last much longer than their cheaper alternatives.


The first situation that can give you a good indicator that you need to consider a new drainage system is an obvious one: floods. Flooding in your home is most likely to occur at the lowest portion of your home, which for many is the basement.

Outside, flooding can occur in your yard or on your driveway. Standing water in your home is hazardous to your health and property for a variety of reasons, and the simplest approach to remedy the problem is to recognize that you have a drain or sewer fault.

Overflowing Gutters

If you find that your home’s gutter is overflowing with water, this is another sign that you have a drainage problem. As the seasons change, there may be a buildup of leaves and debris that causes an obstruction.

Overflowing gutters can cause structural damage, deterioration of paint, and rot on your home’s exterior. Reduce the damage by becoming aware of this widespread problem.

Water Stains in the Basement

When you go down into your basement, you may find white or gray stains on the walls. Don’t ignore this because it’s another clue that you’re dealing with water damage caused by drainage system problems. You should not only clean your soiled walls, but you should also get professional assistance to fix the larger drainage issue.


Another indicator that you may require a new drainage system is what you are hearing. A properly functioning drainage system should not make any noise. As a result, if you notice any weird sounds coming from your drainage system, such as gurgling from the pipes, you may have a blockage that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

Foundation Crack/s

Following that, you may notice foundation fractures all over your house. Small foundation cracks aren’t normally a problem, but if you detect any that are wider than an eighth of an inch, you should address the issue because the cracks are developing larger. Foundation cracks can emerge as a result of a faulty drainage system, therefore that is usually the first issue to be addressed.


Mildew or mold is a frequent household problem that most homeowners face. For those who are unaware, this is caused by a buildup of moisture in a specific location, which could also be caused by a failed drainage system. We won’t go into detail on how dangerous mold or mildew can be to breathe in, but it is something that should be addressed as soon as possible.

Mildew is frequently found in attics, so it’s worth visiting every few months to check for growth and stop the problem before it gets out of hand. Investing in a new drainage system will also save you thousands of dollars and potentially lessen the frequency of these events in the future.


A clogged drainage system might also lead to an infestation, something you may be unprepared for. That’s true, a faulty drainage system could result in the presence of pests and rats in your home. Little animals thrive on sewage, and one of the reasons they may be drawn to your home in the first place could be due to an antiquated drainage system.

Bad Odor

Not all indications that you need a new drainage system are visible. You may realize that your home occasionally stinks of something natural. This is another way to cause an issue with the current drainage system you have in place. Strange odors, on the other hand, can indicate a variety of problems in your home.

For drainage-related issues, the odor will emanate from the water you use in your home, from your shower head to your kitchen faucet. If your water smells spoilt in any manner, contact us immediately because it could indicate the presence of a significant problem with your drainage system.

Bill Expense Increase

You can also look at your monthly costs to see if you need to invest in a new drainage system. While bills can be frightening, one cause for a rise in monthly water expenses may be due to your drainage system.

In certain circumstances, having to pay more money each month may be the result of your drainage system not functioning properly in the first place. Not to mention that if you have leaks or clogs, you may be squandering water. Instead of accepting an increase in your monthly bills, try to reduce them!


Knowing how old your drainage system is the easiest and most obvious method to assess if it needs to be updated. While drainage systems can last up to around 25 years, you may be living in an older property where the system is nearing the end of its useful life. Being conscious of how old your drainage system may be is one of the final reasons to replace it, but make it a priority to care for it so that it lasts decades.

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