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How to Prevent Drain Clogs

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 4:10pm

The best tips to prevent clogged drains are the simplest to incorporate into your daily routine. Working to prevent clogs will keep your plumbing happy, reduce the chance of damage to your house, and help you avoid the sinking feeling of standing water.

Drain clogs also seem to always come on a day where you’re already running late and have a lot on your plate, so we’ve created a list of the best tips to prevent clogged drains.

No Hair Down the Drain

Installing a mesh screen on your bathtub and shower drains can keep hair from heading down the drain and clogging your pipes. Hair is the main culprit for bathroom clogs, and it can impact your drains in a way that’s hard for homeowners to remove themselves.

Try using a screw-in mesh screen or a snap-in strainer to sit underneath your current drain cover. If hair is a big problem, you can also consider brushing your hair just before you take a shower or soak in the tub. This removes the majority of your loose hair and will keep it from going down the drain.

Use the Right Toilet Paper

While many paper products can safely dissolve in your pipes, excess buildup can prevent this breakdown and cause clogs. For this reason, you should only use toilet paper in toilets. It might seem like an easy disposal for Kleenex, paper towels and more, but their bulk and added chemicals quickly lead to clogs as they accumulate and grab on to sewage.

Toilet clogs aren’t always the most damaging to your home, but they’re the clogs and backups that homeowners want to deal with the least.

Start a Compost Project

Many gardens are becoming greener with compost piles that add nutrients to the soil. This process also saves your drains by getting rid of food that could cause a clog. Fatty meats, starchy foods and high-fiber foods are the main culprits of clogs in the kitchen, but they all make great compost materials!

If you don’t have the space for a compost pile, consider contacting a local community garden. Most use compost from nearby neighborhoods and you’ll help your community while also saving your drains.

How to Prevent Drain Clogs in 3 Steps

Sinks are one of the most common areas for clogs, but there are some quick things you can do to keep your sink in great working order. The best maintenance tips to prevent clogged drains and sinks include:

  • Running hot water through your sink after every use to keep foods moving through your pipes.
  • Putting baking soda in each sink or drain every few months to clear out odors and prevent buildup of fat deposits.
  • Pouring one cup of vinegar down your drain a few times a year, and following with hot water 30 minutes later to remove organic buildup.

These simple activities can help keep your drains clog-free throughout the year. However, if you ever find yourself face-to-face with water that won’t drain, call Mr. Rooter Plumbing and we’ll fix you up right away.

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