Drain flies are small and their bodies are covered with fuzz with hairy wings. They only live for about 20 days, but they can multiply fast. If you notice drain flies in your kitchen, sink, or bathtub drain, you should make efforts to get rid of them. They do not bite or carry any kind of diseases, but they can become a nuisance. Below are some tips on how you can take care of this problem in your home.
Determine Where They Are
Before you can start taking care of this problem, you need to know what drain is infested. This is something that is simple to do. Before you go to bed at night and when everyone is finished using the bathroom and sinks, place a piece of tape with the sticky side down over each drain opening. Make sure you do not cover the entire opening, because you do want them to be able to get out. When you wake up in the morning look at the tape. If you see any that have flies stuck to them then this is the drain you need to clean.
Clean the Drain
Cleaning the drain may be all that you need to do. Start out by using a toothbrush. Dip the toothbrush in the drain cleaner you are using, and scrub the inside of the drain as best as you can. Keep scrubbing until you see no kind of sludge coming out of the drain.
If you still have a problem with drain flies, then they are likely further down into the pipes or the sewer drain. Because the sewer drain connects to the piping in your home, the drain flies can easily find their way into your bathroom or kitchen drains. You can try a commercial drain cleaner to clean the drain. If this does not work, you should hire a drain cleaning company or a plumber to clean the drains for you.
The plumber or drain cleaning company can use a sewer jetter to clean the drains. A sewer jetter is also known as a water jetter, and is a powerful machine that uses high pressure water jets to clean and clear obstructions from sewer drain pipes.
Clean your kitchen and sink drains with the toothbrush and with over the counter products regularly to keep this problem from happening again. For more information about drain cleaning, visit DBR Plumbing.