One of the most frustrating plumbing issues any home owner will encounter is a
clogged drain. Not only are clogged drains a nuisance, they are largely avoidable, so
it becomes that much more frustrating when it happens since you know that
you could have taken preventative measures long before the problem occurred.
To help stop your drains from clogging in the future, here are some useful
- Set Cooking Grease Aside – Cooking grease is thick, viscous and clings
to the sides of almost all types of pipes. So, instead of pouring it down
your sink and hoping it clears out on its own, pour it into a coffee can
and set it aside. There are a number of places where you can recycle old grease.
- Flush Garbage Disposals – When you use your garbage disposal, it
is imperative that you flush cold water through the system at the same
time. Without water to flush the food particles through the pipes, anything
ground up in the disposal will become stuck and with the application of
grease or other food particles can easily become a thick clog.
- Pour Boiling Hot Water Down the Pipes – At least once a week it is
a good idea to pour 2-3 quarts of boiling water down your sinks and bathtub
to loosen any pre-clogs that have formed. Things like soap, grease, food,
and hair can all be dislodged by an application of hot water on a regular basis.
Taking Care with Your Toilet – A toilet is not designed to flush
anything that will technically fit down the hole. Even for paper products
that seem to be flushable, take care in what goes into the toilet bowl.
Paper towels, garbage, and wrappers should not be flushed or they are
likely to cause
bathroom plumbing damage.
- Use Strainers – Install strainers on all of your sinks, including
the ones in your bathroom. A simple strainer will catch excess bits of
food, hair, and other grime that has a habit of falling down the drain
and getting flushed along with the dishwater or during a shower.
With care, your drains will remain clog free and never require the services
of a snake or a plumber. If you do get past the point of no return, do
not panic just yet – there are a number of steps you can take to
remove a small clog without chemicals or professional help. However, if
the clog refuses to budge or begins to backup, know when to call
Ace Pelizon Plumbing.