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What Should be Used to Clean the Bathroom Sink Overflow Drain?

drainsWhat Should be Used to Clean the Bathroom Sink Overflow Drain? 

The overflow drain of the bathroom sink allows excess water to go down the drain pipe and into the sewer to prevent the sink from overflowing. Prevent the build-up of dirt and debris by cleaning it regularly, as you should do with other drains in the home. Here are the steps to cleaning bathroom sink overflow drains properly.

How to clean the overflow drain regularly

You can get a drain brush and use it to rid the overflow drain walls of dirt and residue. Insert the brush down the opening of the drain, making sure to push and pull it as many times as you can for approximately ten seconds to loosen the residue from drain walls. Afterwards, put one end of a funnel into the drain’s opening and pour half a litre of boiling water to completely flush away the residue.

Deeper cleaning of the overflow drain

When deeper cleaning is required like in the case of mildew growth or discolorations, use the vinegar and baking soda combination. Together, they help loosen dirt, debris, and mildew build up and deodorise the drain. To use them, put the long part of a funnel in the drain opening. Pour the baking soda and vinegar (in this order, one cup of each) down the funnel and let them foam and move deeper down the drain. Once in the drain, let the foam sit, and then remove the funnel. While letting the foam work for approximately ten minutes, rinse the funnel with water and prepare boiling water. After that time, put the long part of the funnel down the drain again and pour ½ litre of boiling water down the funnel to completely wash away the residue.

How to properly disinfect the overflow drain

If not cleaned on a regular basis, the sink overflow drain will become mouldy and filled with bacteria. If there is a need to disinfect the overflow drain, get a spray bottle and fill it with water mixed with bleach. Spray the overflow drain opening ten times and let the solution sit there to kill bacteria and prevent mould growth.

Other things to keep in mind

Although commercial drain cleaners are great options for cleaning sink overflow drains, make sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions and labels to see which ones are safe for your system. It’s also worth noting that they usually contain harmful chemicals, so it’s best to find and buy cleaners made with more natural components and are just as effective as the more commonly-used chemical cleaners.

Exercise caution when handling boiling water to avoid scalding. Take all the time you need when pouring the boiling water down the drain.

It is possible to find other plumbing problems while you do this task. If you find a problem you cannot handle properly due to lack of equipment or skill, then get help from a reputed plumbing company, provided you already have one in your list of contacts. Otherwise, gather a few names of plumbing companies from those you know, and then hire one who offers the most reasonable service price.