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Home DIY tips to prevent a clogged floor trap drain

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Notice that distinct foul smell but cannot make out where it is originating from? It is most likely coming from your floor trap.

Whether you live in a high-rised apartment condominium, a HDB or in a Landed property, you will encounter this at least once every 3 years.

The moment water overspills from the trap, or when the water shows no sign of draining down, this is probably when you can be very certain there is a stubborn choke
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What are the causes of drain/floor trap choke?

While there are many plausible causes we highlight here the two main ones:

Hair

We spend an average of 13 minutes a day in the shower- this includes shampooing our hair. During the time we are massaging and scrubbing our hair, we likely loose hundreds of strands. These will choke any bathroom trap over time, if they were not removed before entering the trap.
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Grease

Singaporeans like to cook and eat. We’re also infamous for oily food. Grease are oily substances that accumulates and build up in the pipes with the contribution of many oily substances. Grease build-up usually occurs around the kitchen floor trap area, causing the floor trap to choke. The fat and oil carelessly poured into the sink can accumulate over time and to-gether with solid matter, they prevent water from flowing freely.

Non-biodegradable, non-dissolvable material into a toilet bowl.

Undigested food thrown up into a toilet bowl, sanitary pads, gobbles/balls of toilet paper, condoms and the like are all obvious obstructions, however accidental of not, they do occur.

Easy Home Prevention Tips for ensuring unclogged pipes and no nasty surprises

You can of course call a plumber each time you encounter a choke, howev-er when that happens, it is likely an emergency and a weekend or an odd-hour. Who knows!

To avoid the inconvenience, the trouble and cost of having a plumber clear-ing the choke, consider changing the habits of your household.

1. Install bidets/sprays

You may want to consider installing a bidet/spray in every washroom. This may replace toilet paper. Also, having a bin beside the bowl, so that users can and will dispose toilet paper into the bin, instead of into the bowl itself.

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2. Regular maintenance

You can do these on your own every couple months by simply

• Cleaning the floor traps and bowls with your very own homemade un-clogging solution.

This is a concoction of vinegar, baking soda and lemon, which acts as a dissolvent of dirt and residue. The remedy works even better with hot water. First add hot water down the trap, and then put 3-4 spoons of baking soda and leave it for 5 minutes, followed by one cup of vinegar and a cup of boiling water and leave it for 10 minutes. After which, you can be pretty sure most residue and foreign dissolvable material would have been re-moved.

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• Make use of bacterial drain cleaners

In addition to your homemade solution, the occasional use of bacterial drain cleaner helps to clear away organic matters such as hair or food that may be trapped in the drainage pipe. Most bacterial drain cleaners are non-corrosive, so you do not have to worry about harming the pipe lines

• Installing a lint catcher on your washing machine

Lint are tiny pieces of fabric, that gets washed down during the process of cleaning. Together with other items that may sometimes be seen to be in-side your wash machine (i.e. tissues), it will work its way through the drain hole and clog up the floor trap. Having a lint catcher will enable these tiny materials to be trapped in it and easily disposed of without harming the drainage system.

• Absolutely do not dispose cooking oil down the sink

Cooking oil will coagulate and form a semi-solid state over time. The mo-ment you pour it down the sink, it will form a clog together with any mate-rials that gets stuck on it, leading to a choke. Instead, collect the used cook-ing oil in a container and dispose of it in the trash.
• Install hair catchers

Hair and soaps (for those of us who have not moved on to liquid/foam washes) are the main cause of shower drain clogs when they both come to-gether. Install a wire mesh at the drainage to catch any hair before it gets in-to the drainage system. The collected hairs and residuals can be disposed of easily by removing the wire mash from the floor trap.

• Absolutely do not dispose cooking oil down the sink

Cooking oil will coagulate and form a semi-solid state over time. The mo-ment you pour it down the sink, it will form a clog together with any mate-rials that gets stuck on it, leading to a choke. Instead, collect the used cook-ing oil in a container and dispose of it in the trash.

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• Clear all food waste in the trash

This is especially relevant for most of us. Yes you who do not finish every grain of rice from our plates. Every tiny bit of leftover food has to be dis-posed in the trash, not into the sink. Food waste accumulates in the drain-age system over time. Hene, fit a waste catcher/filter in your sink, so that it will catch onto any food waste during dish-washing.¬
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