The drain in your garage floor is one of those things that you don't think about until it causes a problem. If you haven't maintained your floor drain after creating a lot of sawdust in the area, then today is the day to fix that. When the time comes that you need the drainage, you will be very glad that you took the time and made the effort to keep the drain flowing well.
Check the Drainage Flow Rate
To determine how well the floor drain is flowing in your garage woodshop, you can use your garden hose or a bucket of cold water. Put the water into the drain and watch to see if it quickly drains or if it chugs along like it has material clogging the pipe.
If the drain is flowing well, then putting some water down it will remove any accumulated dust and dirt and flush them down into your septic tank or sewer system. On the other hand, if the drain doesn't flow freely, then you can clear the drain before you have a water heater or other flooding problem in the area that causes serious damage to your woodworking tools and wood supply.
Clear a Drain Clog
You can use the following steps to clear a clogged garage floor drain:
Step 1: Use a flat-bladed screwdriver to lift off the drain's cover. If it has been a while since it was last removed, then you might need to tap the back of the screwdriver with a hammer. Wash off the screen so it is clean when you put it back in place.
Step 2: Using your shop vacuum, place the hose into the drain and let it vacuum up any material that you can reach with its hose. Do not use any attachments on the hose because they can become lodged in the drain pipe and this can lead to an expensive plumbing repair.
Step 3: Pour residential drain cleaner into the drain and let it sit for a few minutes to completely dissolve the sawdust and dirt clog.
Step 4: Using your bucket or hose, flush the drain cleaner out of the plumbing so that it doesn't cause any chemical damage to the plumbing.
Step 5: Replace the drain screen and gently tap it into place using your hammer.
If the clog persists, consider contacting a local plumber for drain cleaning services, such as Backlund Plumbing.