Preventing Drain Clogs
A clogged drain can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Clogs occur for a number of different reasons, and can be a highly expensive problem to fix. Blocked drains limit the ability to properly use the water-based facilities in your home. Blocked sinks, toilets, and bathtubs all cause a great deal of grief when you are trying to go about your daily routines and habits. On the brighter side, clogs are highly preventable. By following these simple steps, you can limit occurrences of blockages in your household.
- The best way to prevent a drain from backing up is to pay close attention to what you throw down your drain. Avoid throwing large amounts of food down your drain, especially potato peels, coffee grinds, eggshells, and cooking grease.
- Do not flush anything other than toilet paper. Paper based products, such as Q-tips, tissues, paper towels, and feminine napkins are not capable of easily breaking down in water.
- Try to prevent hair from going down your drains. When bunched together, hair clumps into an impermeable ball, which causes large blockages within pipes. Brush your hair before you get in the shower, and put a drain screen over your bathtub to help prevent hair based clogged
- If your main line is prone to backups, it is recommended to hire a plumber to snake out your drain line.
- Occasionally, pour boiling water down your pipes, drains, and garbage disposals. This will to help limit grease build up that has accumulated deep within your plumbing system.
- Deposit spent cooking grease into old soup cans instead of pouring it down the drain. Coagulated grease is a guaranteed way to clog your drains.
- Service your drains and pipes regularly. It is highly recommended to hire a plumber to inspect your water lines. For instance, if there is a problem with tree roots, a plumber has the proper tools to fix the issue.
- Make sure that small children do not throw toys down your drain. It is important to monitor what children do by sinks.
- If you own a garbage disposal, regularly pour a solution of vinegar and baking powder into the appliance. This will deodorize your pipes, and break up clogs and blockages in the system.
By following these simple steps, you can save on plumbing expenses and limit damage to your pipes. If you do experience a drain clog that you cannot fix, contact an emergency plumber to alleviate your problem.