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Old 02-28-2008, 09:13 AM   #1
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I recently heard that dumping bleach into your drain once a month or so will keep it clean. Any truth to that? My house is almost 50 years old, drains work fine and I'd like it to stay that way.
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Old 02-28-2008, 09:28 AM   #2
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If you're considering a monthly preventative type of treatment, you might want to take a look at some of the enzymatic additives available. They come in powdered and liquid forms and are designed at keeping drains clean, not unclogging clogged or very slow ones. Plus, they are much better for the environment.
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I never use bleach (on a septic system) or caustic drain cleaners for drain cleaning or maintenance.
As End Grain suggested, go with a good enzyme-based drain cleaner only such as DrainCare. It will not harm your fixtures or drain pipes, it's better for the environment, and will eat out all organic gunk (hair, grease, oils, soap scum, etc.), usually overnight.
You just run a little warm water down the drain, pour in the enzyme-based drain cleaner, let it eat overnight, and then flush it down with very hot water. I start that flushing with a kettle of boiling water, followed by the hot water only.
Sometimes, if there is a bad clog, you have to do it more than once, but it works like a charm for sluggish and clogged drains.
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Second on the kettle of boiling water! I do this around once a month - I like the price and it keeps my shower drain running clean.
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