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How to Handle Floor Drain

How to Handle Floor Drain
June 25, 2019

As floor drain is hidden from an eye, experienced plumbers notified the problem of ignoring it and as a result inappropriate maintenance. Actually, floor drain doesn’t differ from usual drains in baths, sinks or showers, except placing of course.

All drains have the only purpose- to flush water from the surfaces. Drain in floor is installed in places, where water should move out fast and in effective way. This is why the most common places of its location are basements, laundries, garages, rarely driveways or even patios.

As drains in the floor are not caught by an eye too often, homeowners usually ignore them. This is why no appropriate maintenance performed by tenants until serious problems come. Although a couple of preventive measures and regular checks may help owners to avoid problems with floor draining. Excellent Plumbing offers you to acknowledge the main tips below in order to prevent undesirable consequences, like flooding, breaches and further water damage that leads to huge repair expenses.

Care Your Traps

In case drain is situated indoors it helps to move water more effectively out of sinks, water heaters, tubs and toilets, washing machines and dishwashers. Outdoor ones are aimed to avoid pools in the yard after rains. As we previously mentioned the main purpose is to make water go out faster from surfaces in order to keep the floor and other surfaces dry.

At the same time, traps serve as specific obstacles for odors and gases that prevent them from penetrating your place. Simple care may help your traps to work effectively without issues for a long time. It will be enough to fill them regularly with an appropriate amount of water. Pour off a gallon of usual water at each floor drain you have, so water will serve as a kind of barrier between odors from the sewer system and your home.

Keep Drain from Clogs

Unfortunately, the floor is a place, where lots of debris may be left: hair and fur from pets, dust, small garbage. All of the abovementioned may be a reason for floor drain clogs. So if you noticed draining on a floor became slowly, you may know it is one of the signs of possible clogging. As faster you will remove the clog and its reason, as lower will become a probability of flood.

Tools to use

  • Use plunger in order to handle the clog. Usually, it will not take much time and effort in case of insignificant clogging.
  • The alternative way to handle this issue is to apply vinegar and soda mix, flushing it directly in a drain.
  • It is also nice to have auger to clean the drain by breaking obstacles in it. It would be enough just to put the auger into the drain till resistance will be met


The best way to avoid floods and significant clogs are to check drains regularly. The recommended frequency is at least once per quarter. If you haven’t cleaned your drains for a long time it would be a good idea to invite experts for prophylactic workings and then to maintain drains by yourself. Excellent Plumbing professionals are ready to help with it and provide you with services of good quality and short terms.

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