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      MoHuntress

      Recently moved into a Homeowners Association, due to desire to downsize and cut out many chores.In the new place, the drains are PVC. Any suggestions as to what periodic maintenance should be performed to:. Keep odors down (we have a guest bath whose drain must connect elsewhere, and periodically, tho that bath is not used, unwanted odors occur: Ive used hot water, alkaline drain cleaners, and alcohol. Odor leaves for a month or so, but eventually comes back; have similar problem with master bath sink–run water and odor occurs; again have cleared that with alkaline cleaner and hot water…here however the odor is not as pervasive as the guest bath). I have one of those high-pressure rubber extensions that expand when hose water is pumped into it. That an effective way to clean PVC drains? Does one need to be aware that doing that may cause problems in other drains (I plan to use it in the master shower)?.Have seen numerous ads for biocleaners: add pills to drains and dissolve once a month and drains will be kept clear of organisms that tend to keep drains clogged. These any good (do they work)?Thanks for any suggestions.

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      Bob Cadwell

      As far as the odor in the guest bath, you tell the problem when you say it is not used often. Unless it is used frequently, the water in the traps will evaporate and allow sewer gas to enter the room. When you use any liquid to try to eliminate the odors, you reseal the traps and the odor goes away until the next time. Either flush the toilet and run water in the sinks and tub/shower weekly, or put automobile antifreeze in the drains and replace it after they have been used. The expander unit may not help the drain, but neither will it cause any problem. The chemicals have a tendency to flow through the drain too quickly to remain in contact with any obstruction long enough to dissolve it.: Recently moved into a Homeowners Association, due to desire to downsize and cut out many chores.: In the new place, the drains are PVC. Any suggestions as to what periodic maintenance should be performed to:: . Keep odors down (we have a guest bath whose drain must connect elsewhere, and periodically, tho that bath is not used, unwanted odors occur: Ive used hot water, alkaline drain cleaners, and alcohol. Odor leaves for a month or so, but eventually comes back; have similar problem with master bath sink–run water and odor occurs; again have cleared that with alkaline cleaner and hot water…here however the odor is not as pervasive as the guest bath): . I have one of those high-pressure rubber extensions that expand when hose water is pumped into it. That an effective way to clean PVC drains? Does one need to be aware that doing that may cause problems in other drains (I plan to use it in the master shower)?: .Have seen numerous ads for biocleaners: add pills to drains and dissolve once a month and drains will be kept clear of organisms that tend to keep drains clogged. These any good (do they work)?: Thanks for any suggestions.

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