Imagine you are running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off as you rush to get ready for work. As you’re brushing your teeth, you notice the sink is draining very slowly. Great…
A clogged drain!
Not only are clogged drains annoying but they are hard on your plumbing. The added pressure from a clog puts stress on your pipes and can shorten their lifespan.
Find out how to prevent clogs and clear the ones you already have:
No Food Down The Drain
Pretty standard simple advice but often ignored. One of the best ways to prevent clogged drains is to be careful about what you put into them. Peel vegetables and scrape plates into the trashcan.
People with garbage disposals often get into a bad habit of putting everything and anything down it. You may think your garbage disposal can handle anything but the truth is it cannot!
Don’t pour grease down your drains. Grease will start to get hard inside your pipes and will cause problems in the long run. Other stuff can stick to the grease and creates a stubborn clog.
Instead, put grease in a container in the freezer ( we use old spaghetti sauce jars ) . Once the jar is full, we put it in the trash!
Only TP In The Toilets
Don’t treat your toilet like a trash can! Not only is this a good idea for preventing clogged pipes, it is also a good idea to help your septic tank.
Feminine hygiene products don’t dissolve quickly enough and can cause a backup. They should be thrown away instead of flushing them in the toilet.
Another tip is for households with young kids. If you secure toilet lids from curious children, it may prevent a toilet getting clogged with toys!!
Hair Today, Problem Tomorrow
Unless you are follicle challenged such as me, you need to be aware of how hair can clog drains. If you shed a lot of hair, it might be a good idea to install drain screens. They make it easy to dispose hair and also help with preventing clogs that result from soap scum.
Chemicals Should Be Used With Caution
Be careful with chemical drain cleaners. Chemicals may clear clogged drains but sometimes they do more harm than good. They can actually erode some pipes. Because they don’t always remove the entire clog, the problem is can recur.
You should consider hiring a professional plumber to snake your drains or buy your own at the hardware store.
The first step in preventing clogged drains is to clean them. If you are careful of what you put down your drains, you really shouldn’t need to clean them very often ( maybe once every 45 days to 90 days ) .
There are several super easy things you can do to prevent clogs. I suggest running hot water after each use. Hot water helps to “flush” the oils from food down the drain.
You can clean your garbage disposal by grinding a few cups of ice and some table salt. This helps to cut the grease and slime off the sides of the disposer. Then flush it out by running the cold water for 30 seconds. Then grind up half a lemon or lime to keep your garbage disposal smelling fresh.
You can also clean your drains with vinegar and baking soda. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain followed by 1 cup of distilled white vinegar. Then seal the drain with the stopper and let the mixture to sit in the drain for thirty minutes. The resulting foam will help loosen and remove clogs.
Once a week, run hot water for 30 seconds to help dissolve grease, soap scum and other buildup before it clogs the drain.
Clogs can be frustrating but are easy to prevent. Taking care of your plumbing is super easy!
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