A clogged drain can be a nightmare scenario. However, preventing a clog doesn’t have to be a challenge. With proactive care and healthy habits, you will be able to avoid issues and keep your pipes ultimately clear and free of pesky issues. Check out the following tips from one of the pros on what preventative measures to take to ensure your drains stays clear.
Always think twice
Always think about how you dispose of things down your drains. A simple way to avoid clogs is to monitor what you put down them. Your drain and garbage disposal both have jobs to do, but it’s important not to abuse them so you can prevent future plumbing issues. Some common culprits are grease, oil and coffee grounds. Even if you have a disposal you should never be flushing these items down your drain. Over time they will begin to coat the inside of your pipes and accumulate, causing other materials to eventually lodge and clog your drain. Always be mindful when rinsing and be sure to scrape plates and leftover foods in the garbage and always transfer grease and grounds into receptacles.
Take advantage of preventative tools
The most common reason for clogged drains is kitchen garbage being rinsed down the drain and hair stuck in the shower drain. Strainers, mesh screens, and drain grates are just a few options you have to assist you in keeping your drain clog free. These tools help block non-liquid materials from entering your drain and allow for convenient disposal. Utilizing these devices is a simple, yet effective way to keep your drains free from debris. There are various options available in stores and online.
Remember to Rinse
Consistently rinsing your pipes is essential for the flow of water. Flushing your sinks and drains with boiling water on a regular basis is a simple and non-harmful option to keep your water flowing correctly. Hot water helps to liquefy grease and other residue keeping your drains flushed. If you notice your sink or bathtub is draining slowly, it may be time for a rinse.
Involve the family
It is often helpful to teach children the importance of maintaining your home’s drain system to minimize the misuse and negligence of drains. The curiosity of children runs deep. This is why it is necessary to take precautions so no flushing incidents occur in your home. There are tools available such as flush locks and toilet locks so they are unable to flush or open the lid. However, even barriers can fail so it’s important to teach children and teenagers to have respect for plumbing and make sure they are always aware of what is ‘flush safe.’
Soften the water
Water with a high mineral content is known as ‘hard water.’ It can shorten your plumbing’s lifespan by causing major build up in your pipes and restrict the overall flow. Households with hard water typically have more plumbing problems than households with soft water. Hard water contains calcium, iron, magnesium, lead and limestone particles that all contribute to build-ups in your pipe system. Although a water softener is not a necessity, it can greatly decrease plumbing issues in your home and reduce stress on your pipes.
Don’t rely on chemical cleaners
Everyone is aware that you can buy chemicals to clear your drains when you have a clog, but these products can do more harm than good. The most common chemical de-clogging tools contain a high about of acidic properties that will temporarily de-clog your drain, but their acidity will begin to corrode your pipes. Drain clearing products also don’t typically remove the entire clog so the problem is likely to recur. If you continue to use the products to clear the drain the chemicals will erode and eat away at your pipes and eventually cause leaks in your system. When it comes to clogs and drainage issues a shortcut is not the answer.
It’s worth consulting the experts at Allen Plumbing. Contact us for assistance with your repair needs.