Here at Zep Commercial, we are in the problem/solution business. We love a tidy space, but let's talk about what's lurking below the sparkling surface. Drain care is an important subject, since clogged drains cause headaches. Even you pros who do it for a living still sometimes send us questions. Let's clear the air (err pipes) and get you started on de-gunking!
First, let's discuss what kind of clog you're attacking. Different kinds of clogs need different kinds of tools, so it's best to start by identifying what you're working with.
If it's in the kitchen sink, it's most likely a grease clog caused by a mixture of dish soap, cooking grease, and who knows what else!
Bathroom drain clogs are a different beast... most likely caused by hair.
Let's tackle grease clogs first. Over time, soap scum, grease and organic material build up in your pipes creating slow drains and foul smells. The oils used for cooking, even from salad dressing, can build up and cause a grease clog. The best prevention is to not pour oil down the drain at all! Rather, dump it into a heat-safe container and let it cool before throwing it away.
If you're facing a tough clog, run some hot water down the drain and then pour a liquid drain opener, such as our Zep Commercial Professional Strength Drain Opener, down the drain (our product even cuts through standing water in a sink!).You can use a funnel when you do this to protect your countertops and sinks.
Bathroom Sinks and Tubs
We've all been there; brushing our teeth one minute and realizing that water is building up in the sink. This clog is caused by hair and soap scum. Zep Commercial 10 Minute Hair Clog Remover is perfect for bathroom sinks or showers and gets rid of the hair and soap scum clog in, you guessed it, 10 minutes. Remove the sink stopper, pour it down, wait 10 minutes and flush with warm water. That's it! If you brush your hair before showering, you can get rid of some of that hair that creates clogs in the first place!
And if You Still Have a Clog
If none of these solutions sound like they'll work for you, it's time to bring out the big guns. Crystal Heat is the toughest drain opener you can buy. Whether your clog is in the kitchen or the bathroom, Crystal Heat can handle it. It won't harm your pipes, but the self-generating heat will take care of the toughest clogs in minutes (trust us, we've put it up against some pretty mean clogs). If you're a pro on the job, we recommend carrying a bottle. You won't believe the stories we've heard from pros that've used it in a pinch. If you have a good clog-removal story, share it with us in the comments below.
In the next installment of our Drain Care series, we'll discuss the septic tank. In the meantime, if you have more questions about the solutions presented above, find us on Facebook or Twitter, or leave a comment here to let us know what you're working with. We'll put our best drain care heads together to get you a solution.