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Condensation from HVAC units can cause clogs in a condensate line or a floor drain if not maintained properly. When When moisture drips off of your evaporator coil, it can also carry dirt and other airborne particles that are present in your home’s air with it. This dirt and debris is what can build up in your A/C’s drain and cause a clog.

To reduce the buildup of dirt and debris, change your air filters regularly.

If you have a floor drain in your mechanical room, it is a good idea to flush it semi-annually. Depending on debris buildup, this maintenance may be required with more frequency. It’s simple:

  1. pull the cap off and either take a wet/dry vac and suck up whatever debris is around the pipe inside the drain, or take a paper towel or cloth and wipe it up as best you can.
  2. Flush the trap below the drain. We recommend using a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water. If the vinegar smell is an issue, continue to flush with water until the scent goes away. the Vinegar will help neutralize any algae or bacteria growing inside the drain and the pipe.

SureSeal is ideal for use in applications where a trap primer is either not functioning or not installed.

To ensure optimal functionality for the SureSeal, we at Augustine Plumbing recommend cleaning and flushing your trap seal semi-annually. This is a simple process, which we will describe below.

Check out this video, or follow the instructions below!

  1. Remove the strainer or floor drain cover to gain access to the sure seal.
  2. Take some white vinegar and wet a rag or small paper towel and run it around the top of the SureSeal, making sure you hit the edges of the flap itself.
  3. Take a quart of water and pour it into the drain. This should flush any buildup that has accumulated in and around the SureSeal.


One Comment so far:

  1. Dan says:

    Very helpful article. You guys did the plumbing of our house when it was built. I always find your contractors and your website extremely helpful. Good Work.