How to clean plumbing traps

20 September 2021

Everyone loves it when plumbing traps are running at full efficiency and drain away grey water.

But for that to happen, we need to treat our sink and toilet traps with care, as grease and other waste can accumulate inside and block them. Bad smells can occur. Wastewater can stagnate in various parts of the plumbing system and produce foul odours.

Fortunately, there are simple and effective ways to maintain pipes. How-to articles often talk about using vinegar or baking soda. These two products—found in most every kitchen—are our pipes’ best friends. Combined with hot water, they remove odours and grease and soap residues that can accumulate and cause problems.

For more thorough maintenance, it’s also easy to disconnect the piping under sinks to make sure that nothing is obstructing the flow of water. Plumbers could give you a list of the things they find: combs, brushes, hair, jewelry, and much more. In some cases you may be able to recover these items.

In short, the health of your pipes depends in part on what you do with them, and prevention—through regular maintenance—can prevent costly problems.