Why are floor drains rapidly becoming extinct?

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Well, let’s slow our roll ;. We wouldn’t say they are becoming extinct, c’mon, but one can make a case for them becoming less and less seen or required; mostly within developed regions. Why?, Let’s look into it.

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Here’re our plights, floor drains are becoming more “supposedly” extinct due to

  • Modernization and innovation
  • Maintenance
  • Operational requirements



Houses are becoming more streamlined, hence leading to drainage systems being less intrusive and more evasive; houses used to be singular self sustainable units, however with the modernization of technology and innovations, as much as houses are still somewhat independent, they are becoming pieces of strategic infrastructural elements. Especially in suburban areas and high end areas.

Houses are connected with collections of different mechanical arrangements, this combined with technology will lead to the lesser need to the certain requirements one of which happens to be the presence of floor drains. They will exist of course, but in more evasive and streamlined applications



They can be difficult to maintain especially if misused. Drainage systems can be a mess to maintain given what might end open getting swallowed by these complex systems, so some people however, decide to employ less common methods of drainage to reduce the cost and headache of maintenance.



Floor drains are an important part of a home’s plumbing system. They are popular and can be found in areas such as basements, garages, ground floors of homes, even in warehouses, and anywhere water is likely to gather.

Floor drains, sometimes, lead directly to the home’s sewer system. Because of the way they are designed and how it operates, floor drains can clog up easily. As a result, this can block pipes leading to your home’s sewer.
Below are common problems with floor drains


  • Overflow issues

Drainage pipes are designed in a way to allow waste water overflow. This is to help the pipes withstand pressure from the overflow without bursting. So, if you pour a large amount of water down your floor drain and there’s no overflow, then it’s a sign that there’s a leak somewhere down your drain.


  • Sewage odour

It’s disgusting, and it’s a sign your drain has a leak somewhere. Sewage odor from your drain indicates that your sewer line has clogged. There are few reasons why this has happened. If the sewage odor comes from your kitchen, then it’s as a result of a food and debris buildup in the drain pipe. Buildups can easily stick to side of your kitchen pipes. If this happens for a long time, bacteria will act on it eventually, causing it to decay and leading to the smell you perceive.


  • Clogging

I think I speak for most people when I say, clogged drainage lines is one of the most frustrating thing that could commensurate from floor drains. This alone could create the two previously mentioned problems single handedly in conjunction with it’s own.



It’s easy to overlook a floor drain. Maybe it’s because they never come in handy until you’re stuck trying to divert still or standing water away from your garage, basement or store area.

Floor drains are very common and can be found in many residential basements. They can also be found in commercial basements, restrooms, kitchen and refrigerator areas, even near swimming pools, among other places.

Maintaining floor drains can be challenging, especially if they’re clogged or don’t have a strainer in place to prevent the entry of foreign objects.

However, these problems can be avoided with some pre-planning and simple care. As a part of this article, we’ve listed below easy maintenance tips that’ll ensure your floor drains do their jobs efficiently and save you the stress of taking them out later due to clogs.


  • Clear out clogs immediately

A lot of things can block your in-floor drains – from pet hairs to wood, even dust buildup. All this combined can cause drains to fail, especially if they’re located in areas that are always wet.

There are few ways you can spot a clogged drain though. One of them is if it drains water slowly. Whenever you notice this, make sure you clean the floor drain as soon as possible to reduce the risk of flooding. You can do this using a plunger.

Applying a few strong thrusts is enough to clear the minor clog. But if that doesn’t work out or there’s still debris left, get baking soda and mix it with vinegar. Then pour the solution into the drain.
Another way around this is using a drain auger. Push cable down the drain until you meet resistance, then turn the cable and try to roll back whatever obstacle is clogging the drain.


  • Clean your drains regularly

Especially those in your garage or basement. Don’t wait until they get clogged before attending to them. Clean them at least once in every four months. Use a safe liquid drain cleaner if you need to. But if you feel doing it yourself is stressful, hire a professional plumber to clear the drains for you.

To avoid any drain-related problems in the future, schedule professional draining cleanings yearly. Though doing means extra costs but it will prevent clogs and keep your drains running perfectly.


  • Fill traps frequently

Traps are a major component of in-floor drains. Without traps, floor drains (both indoor and outdoor) will smell. Traps are designed to prevent sewer odours and gases from making their way back into your home. Because sewer odours are irritating and unpleasant, it’s good to keep them out. But to do this, you must fill up the traps in your drains with water regularly.

Ensure that these traps are full of water and are working well. When you fill traps with water, they form a barrier between your home and sewer systems, keeping those sewer odours from breaking in and filling all over the place. Besides, this is a good practice because each time you do it, it keeps your drains open and water flows through them easily.




Joe Taylor

Over 2 decades of remodeling experience, Joe is an expert in home improvement. He is now the Managing Editor of PlumbJoe where he writes guides for homeowners. His hobbies include climbing, running and playing the piano.

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