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Floor drain maintenance tips

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Tips to maintain your floor drains

Floor drains are typically overlooked when it comes to indoor plumbing. Because they’re flush with the surface, floor drains mimic the drains found in bathtubs and showers, but they’re more typically found in basement floors, garages, laundry rooms, older bathroom floors, and even on patios and roads. Floor drains are used wherever that requires quick and efficient water drainage.

Most homeowners don’t consider about floor drain repair until it’s too late because they are frequently disregarded. Many problems with floor drains can be prevented with a little forethought and easy maintenance. Following these simple maintenance tasks will guarantee that your floor drains are ready to work when you need them, preventing floods and costly water damage.


Overflow from sinks, toilets, tubs, water heaters, and washing machines is collected by indoor floor drains. During and after strong rainstorms, outdoor floor drains quickly transfer water away from surfaces. Floor drains, whether indoors or out, are designed to efficiently and safely transport water to a sewer or municipal storm drain, keeping the floor dry and the rooms from flooding. The objective of traps is to keep sewage odors and pollutants from getting into your home through the drain. Fill these traps on a regular basis to ensure they’re working properly – pour a gallon of water down each floor drain in your house. The water will fill the trap and create a barrier between your house and the sewer system.


Various forms of material collect on your floor, ranging from pet hair to dust bunnies, all of which have the potential to block our floor drain. The slow draining is the first indicator of a clogged drain. Clean the blockage as soon as possible if you see it early on to avoid flooding. A couple hard pumps with a plunger should usually clear that tiny obstruction. If that doesn’t work, try pouring a baking soda and vinegar solution down the drain. If you have a drain auger, feed the cable into the drain until resistance is encountered, then turn the cable and try to reel back whatever is clogging the drain.


Check your drains for debris and clear them at least once a quarter. Use a safe, liquid drain cleaner if necessary, or get a professional plumber from your local Midwest Plumber to clear your drains if they haven’t been cleaned in a while. To avoid clogs and keep your drains moving, it’s also a good idea to arrange professional drain cleanings once a year.

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