Many people take their drains and plumbing systems for granted until something goes wrong. Don’t make the same mistake. These systems are vital to a healthy and functional home, making sure that excess water and waste are removed seamlessly while preventing sewer gases from going inside. This is why proper use and regular maintenance are essential to prevent or at least minimize issues, particularly clogging.

Clogging happens when too much solid waste builds up in the pipes and results in the growth of fungal bacteria or biofilm. How can you prevent it? Read on for some essential drain care tips.

Prevention is better than cure

Basic drain care means making sure that no hair, large food scraps, or any non-biodegradable item goes down. Installing a drain stopper, shower strainer, or hair catcher can be extremely helpful in this regard. Check out Danco Shower Hair Catchers, which come with a handy basket to catch hair and other debris from going down the drain. These products are made of durable plastic, available in classic monochromatic colors, and designed to fit most standard sized drains.

You can also find a range of external shower strainers and hair catchers, which keep drains debris-free. Check out the Danco 10895 shower strainer and the 10769 and 10771 external hair catchers. These are detachable and easy to clean.

Looking for something stylish? Try Danco 10306, which comes in a flower shape. Each ‘petal’ catches and traps debris to prevent it from slipping through.

You can also pour a solution of vinegar, hot water, and baking soda down the drain once a week to take care of any buildup.

Is it time for a repair or replacement?

Gurgling noises, fluctuating water levels, unpleasant smells, pipe leaks, and slow drainage are among the signs that your drain may need 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 (pop-up, lift and turn, or trip lever) and its size.

The Danco touch-toe drain kit has an overflow plate, threaded bushing, screws, and touch-toe style stopper. It makes it easy to open and close the drain with the push of a stopper.

Trip lever stoppers come with a lever on their overflow plate in front of a bathtub. Danco’s Trip Lever drain kit should fit most standard tubs and it comes with a strainer, bath shoe, 2-hole faceplate, and threaded adapter.

Lift n’ Turn drain stoppers feature a knob on top of their head that lets the drain close and open by twisting. Danco Lift and Turn Tub Drain Kit has all the necessary components to add or replace a new tub. The monochromatic trim finish and durable plastic tubing should easily go with most standard tubs and bath fixtures.

Danco’s pop-up stopper works like the trip lever variant and it protects drains from unwanted debris to keep your plumbing system in good condition. The plastic coating and monochromatic finish adds a modern aesthetic to the sink.

All these drain kits are DIY-friendly and will help 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.