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How to Prevent Slow Drains This Fall

The best way to make sure your drains work well all fall is to have them inspected and cleaned during preventative maintenance. Keeping your pipes clear is important if you want your home to be a reliable place to cook, clean, bathe, and relax. Having regular maintenance on your plumbing system in The Woodlands, TX, will help you stay assured that you can count on your home to provide an excellent place for guests to stay.

Prevent Slow Drains:

  • Make sure nothing goes down your drains that aren’t acceptable. In the bathroom, post reminders that nothing but waste and toilet paper should go in the toilet.
  • Remind people of the acceptable foods for the garbage disposal as well. Vegetable peels, fibrous meats, coffee grounds, eggshells, and many other items shouldn’t go into your garbage disposal. Consider a compost or trash bin that sits on your counter for these items to remind people not to put them into the garbage disposal.
  • Use screens on the drains for your sinks. These screen strainers will catch food, hair, and other debris so that you don’t have slow draining water sitting in your sinks.
  • Get a grease can or jar for the left-over grease from cooking. Fat in your drains will cause them to collect debris and clog your pipes.
  • Flushing your sinks and bathtubs will help get everything moving through your drains. Fill your sinks and bathtubs up entirely with hot water and then pull the plug. The weight of a large amount of water pushes everything down the drain and out the main sewer line.
  • Having your plumber visit and inspect your plumbing regularly helps keep your drains flowing the way they are supposed to.
  • Consider using baking soda and vinegar to clean out your drains. Use ½ cup of baking soda in your drain and then pour two cups of hot water and vinegar down the drain. This mixture should eat through some minor clogs and debris stuck to the walls of your pipes.
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