Don’t spend your weekend searching how to properly take care of your drain. You’ll be left with your arms deep in backed-up gunk, water, and a smelly mess due to a clogged drain. Luckily, so many ways to avoid a clogged drain require minimal effort. Keep reading for some essential drain maintenance tips to properly care for your drain and prevent a nasty clog.

Drains and pipes are only designed for water and human waste, so they don’t do too well when other objects or materials make their way into the system. One of the biggest threats to drains and pipes, especially in the kitchen, is fat, oil, and grease, or F.O.G., which builds up in your pipes over time, causing tons of problems. As it solidifies, F.O.G. chokes off your pipes resulting in slow draining or a clogged drain. The best way to prevent a clogged drain is by being mindful of what you’re putting down your drains. Never pour grease or oil down the drain.

We suggest cleaning drains routinely with a drain cleaner such as the Liquid Rhyno Build-Up Remover. Monthly maintenance will prevent slow-running drains, toilets, and eliminate stinky odors.

If you’re struggling to stop rubbish blocking your drains and keep your kitchen sink from getting clogged, our range of kitchen sink strainers is ideal for sink drains and garbage disposal. These feature efficient anti-clogging shields to let the liquid flow seamlessly into the drain while blocking food particles and other foreign objects. Available in various colors and materials, our range of kitchen sink strainers ensure long-lasting protection against clogging and help you save big on unwanted plumbing expenses.

Protect your drain from becoming clogged with the Sinktacular! It’s a 2-in-1 Simply Twist Strainer and Stopper that prevents unwanted debris and foreign objects from slipping down the drain while still allowing water to flow freely. It can be easily removed when needed and is easy to clean by simply rinsing thoroughly in the sink. Perfect for most sink types, no need for tools or extra work for installation, simply place the strainer in drain twist to stop or strain! Get it now on Amazon or at the Home Depot.

Clogs can oftentimes damage your garbage disposal, costing you hundreds of dollars in repairs. The Disposal Genie II is designed to fit most kitchen sink garbage disposal openings. The DGII allows small food particles and water to flow freely while preventing silverware and other items from slipping into the drain. Turn the strainer clockwise to fill your kitchen sink with water, allowing you to soak your dishes. With another counterclockwise turn, the Disposal Genie® II becomes a strainer, allowing water and particles to flow freely down the drain and preventing other valuables from entering. The Disposal Genie II has a new sleek, modern design and is available in six great colors.

Disposal Genie II is available on Amazon, the Home Depot, and Wal-Mart.

How to repair a faulty drain?

If your drain is experiencing noises, fluctuating water levels, unpleasant smells, pipe leaks, and slow flow, it is likely a sign your drain may be due for a repair. The good news is that you don’t necessarily have to call a plumber.

Danco offers drain kits that allow you to repair or replace things yourself. Danco’s tub and shower trim kits come with all the essential parts for installation. To choose the right kit, you have to know your drain type. The Danco Universal Tub Drain Trim Kit replaces touch toe, lift and turn as well as trip lever drains and is easy to use with a touch-activated stopper. The overflow plate includes an adapter to fit both 1 and 2 hole plates. It features a metal construction with a modern brushed nickel finish that will complement your existing bathroom decor.

Universal Tub Drain Kit is available on Amazon and the Home Depot.

The Danco Tub Drain Kit is a complete bath drain kit for most standard tubs. It features 1-1/2 in. plastic tubing, providing durability for long product life. The kit includes all the necessary parts to replace an existing drain or add a new tub. The drain trim has a touch-toe style with a polished chrome finish that will match existing faucet finishes.

Tub Drain Kit is available on Amazon and the Home Depot.

Understanding how to properly take care of your drain system is the key to a healthy & happy system. At Danco, we offer DIY-friendly drain care tips and products designed to keep your drains clean, well-maintained, and free-flowing. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need help figuring out which kit you require!