Frequently Asked Questions About Floor Drains

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Many garages and basements have a floor drain. This floor drain is designed to catch water that may be on the floor and carry it out to the sewer line. Unfortunately, many people are unsure how to care for a floor drain or what to do if their floor drain clogs. Here are a few of the questions you may have about floor drains and the answers. 

How Do You Care for a Floor Drain?

Floor drains need to be routinely cared for, both by you and a professional. You can unscrew the grate from the floor drain, put on gloves, and then reach into the drain to remove any debris, such as hair or leaves. Follow this up by flushing the drain with a pot of boiling hot water to clean the drain. This should be done every two to three months. 

A plumber can do drain line cleaning to help prevent clogs. The frequency in which this needs to be done depends on how dirty your floor drain gets. A professional can help you determine the frequency in which yours should be professionally cleaned, but typically it is every few years. 

What Should You Do If a Floor Drain Is Clogged? 

If your floor drain is clogged, water may not be draining from the drain, or water may be backing up from the drain. If water is backing up from the drain when you are using other appliances, such as a dishwasher or clothes washing machine, the clog exists within the sewer line. If the floor drain is simply draining slow, the problem likely exists in the floor drain. If the problem exists in the floor drain, you can attempt to remove debris and flush with hot water. If that does not work, or the problem exists in the sewer line, a plumber should be called out. 

What Are the Reasons Why a Floor Drain Becomes Clogged? 

A floor drain can become clogged a number of different ways. First, something can go down the drain that should not, such as a child's small toy. The clog may also be caused by a buildup of residue and debris, such as leaves, sticks, and dirt, or the drain line may be collapsed, cracked, or damaged. Water may also back up into the floor drain if there is a clog down in the sewer line. 

Floor drains should be routinely cleaned to help prevent clogs. However, if a clog is already present, you may need immediate help. Contact a plumber today to schedule a camera inspection to see why your floor drain is clogged and to have the clog removed. 

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