The internet’s wrong. Salt won’t help keep your drains in tiptop shape. If you need help with drain maintenance or you get a clog you can’t handle, Billy the Sunshine Plumber will help.cl
You’re headed to the Taco and Tequila Crawl this afternoon. When you return, you’re planning to give your kitchen a really good cleaning (although it might wait until tomorrow). Among other things, you’re thinking of trying that new hack you saw on the internet of pouring salt down your drain to kill odors and help keep away fatty clogs.
Realhomes.com explains, “The idea behind this hack is that because salt is abrasive it will physically scour your pipe, thereby flushing out any clogs. That’s a nice idea in theory, but in practice, there is no evidence that salt actually does this. Plumbing experts … explain that ‘you would need a lot of salt to scour the entire interior of your pipes, and … never recommend dumping a large quantity of anything but water down your drains.’
“And, if you’ve got uPVC pipes, you must never pour salt down them as it could corrode the inside of your pipework.
“Would you really want to pour your entire supply of salt down the drain? You wouldn’t be able to use just table salt, either – you’d need crystallized salt, which means using your expensive, high-quality sea salt. From the expense point of view alone, this isn’t worth it.”
If you’re wedded to the idea of a DIY odor preventive, try baking soda.
Of course, no matter how much you clean or how careful you are, you may sometimes get a clog that you can’t budge on your own. At times like that, you need the trusted Tampa Bay plumbers at Billy the Sunshine Plumber.
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