When most homeowners think of drain maintenance, the drains that come to mind are often the common sink, tub, and shower drains found throughout the home. However, there’s likely another type of drain in your home that requires occasional maintenance to prevent clogs, backups, and other drain issues – the floor drains found in many North Central Ohio homes.
Why Maintain Your Floor Drains?
Primarily found in ground-floor bathrooms, basements, near your hot water heater, and even in the garage, floor drains provide your home’s most direct link to the sewer drain. As a result, floor drains employ the use of a water trap that provides a water barrier to prevent sewer gases from escaping the drain and entering your home. Unfortunately, clogs and other issues can compromise your floor drains and result in odd smells and even sewer water back up into your home.
To prevent these issues, proper attention to floor drain maintenance is crucial. Take these steps to keep your floor drains functioning at optimal levels:
- Check floor drains regularly. In most cases, you’ll want to check your floor drains at least twice per year. However, if your floor drains experience more frequent use, or are only used seasonally, you may need to adjust this schedule. Many homeowners choose to perform maintenance on a quarterly basis as the seasons change.
- Add water to your floor drain. If your water trap runs dry, you’ll likely notice foul sewer odors emanating from your floor drain. Every time you perform maintenance on your drain, pour a gallon of water into the drain to replenish the water trap and block sewer odors from entering your home.
- Clear away dust and debris. Due to their location on the floor, these drains are more susceptible than other drains in your home to accumulating debris, dirt, and the like. Clear away excess debris from around the drain and within its interior to prevent clogs from forming.
- Clear clogs immediately. If you notice a clog, address it immediately to prevent the issue from causing overflow, backups, or more serious plumbing issues. You can use a plunger or plumber’s snake in the same manner in which you’d clear a toilet clog. Alternatively, try a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to address odor and clear the clog naturally.
If you notice a lingering foul odor despite the maintenance steps listed above, you may have a faulty bypass plug. In the event of a serious sewer drain backup, firmly lodged clog, or other severe issues with your floor drains, contact The Trenchless Guys as soon as possible.