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Floor Drain Maintenance & Service for Residential Properties by JC Plumbing

A floor drain can be defined as a drainage fixture that is installed in the floor of a water emitting structure. The floor drains are designed to remove any standing water that comes in contact with it. Floor drains usually range in size, shape, and even models. Most floor drains are round, but you can find square ones and even rectangular ones. Floor drains can also have gratings that can be made of either metal or plastic. The floor around the drain is also made in a sloppy way so as to allow the water to flow automatically towards the drain.

Most residential basements have one or more floor drains, usually found near the water heater or washer. It is however not unheard of for floor drains to be found in commercial basements, restrooms, kitchens, refrigerator areas, shower rooms, laundry facilities and near swimming pools, among other places.

A floor drain should always have a strainer secured over it so as to prevent injury to children, entry of foreign objects, or introduction of unwanted pests into the facility. However, if the strainer is not smooth enough, hair and other objects can still get stuck in it, clogging the floor drain.

If the floor drain gets clogged, you will be obliged to clean it as a clogged drain does not drain the water which is its sole purpose. Cleaning floor drains is not hard work as may be prophesied. If you suspect a clog is in your floor drains, locate the main clean out which is usually a Y-shape fitting near the bottom of your home’s soil stack or where the drain leaves the building. Set a large pail or container under the clean out, and spread plenty of papers and rags around the site to soak up the backed-up water.

Using a pipe wrench, slowly unscrew the clean-out plug counterclockwise, trying to control the flow of water that will seep from the clean out. Once the flow has stopped and you’ve cleaned up the flooded site, insert the auger to remove the debris. If you still can’t locate the blockage, another place you can try is the house trap, this is a U-shape fitting installed underground. You can locate it by finding two adjacent clean-out plugs in the floor, if the main drain runs under the floor. Again, place papers and rags around the site before opening the clean out nearest to the sewer outside.

Floor drains essentially are for the sole purpose of ensuring that water is drained from the surface, as such it is important to not only buy a floor drain, but to also ensure that the drain is in good condition and stylish.