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Tips to Prevent Clogged Drains

April 18, 2018 Plumbing Blog Comments: 0
Clear Clogged Drains

Clogged drains are a common, yet incredibly annoying that we have to deal with from time to time. Although clogs can occur, there are things that you can do in your home to reduce their chances of causing indoor flooding.

  1. Keep grease and oil out of your drains. Instead, you can pour it into a disposable container and throw it away in the garbage and the local utility companies will recommend not putting kitchen grease down the drain. Over time, grease and oil harden once they get into your pipes, and can build and reduce with width of your pipes.
  2. Use drain screens. Your drains regularly deal with soap, hair, dirt, and other debris that can cause problems in your plumbing system. A screen will be able to filter these materials allowing you to prevent a build up, while still allowing your wastewater to pass through.
  3. If you don’t have a garbage disposal, no food should be allowed down your drains.
  4. If you do have a garbage disposal, there are certain things that you shouldn’t put in. This includes peels and skins, coffee grounds, and eggshells to name a few.  These items may damage the disposal unit.
  5. Whenever you use your garbage disposal, you should have a steady flow of cold water coming from the faucet. Contrary to popular belief, cool water is better than warm for flushing out debris.
  6. Never flush anything (besides toilet paper) down the toilet. Paper towels, regular towels, or other materials are most often too heavy and will not break apart as toilet paper is made to. They can easily cause clogs or backups, so it’s best to throw them in the trash.
  7. Every week or so, you can pour boiling water down your drain. This will help to flush away grease or debris that may have built up.
  8. The most important step of all is making sure that your plumbing fixtures get professional attention! Early detection is key in preventing major malfunctions down the road.
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