How to Prevent Clogged Drains

A plumber removes blockage from residential pipes.

Proactive Measures to Prevent Costly Clogs

Clogged drains are a common plumbing issue in both residential and commercial settings. A clogged drain is certainly unsightly and irritating, but it can also lead to more severe plumbing issues or even flooding if it is not properly repaired.

That’s where Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Southeast Georgia comes in. At the first sign of a clog, our plumbing experts will help you resolve the issue before it moves deeper into the plumbing system, creating bigger problems.

Luckily, it doesn’t have to get to that point. There are some simple guidelines and best practices that you can follow to help prevent clogged drains from happening in the first place.

Avoid Putting These Items Down Any Drains

There are many troublesome items that home or business owners frequently put in their drains assuming they will do no harm. From certain food products to personal hygiene items, some of these items may surprise you.

These are just a few examples of items you should avoid putting down the drain:

  • Coffee grounds
  • Eggshells
  • Oils or grease
  • Paint
  • Pasta

While this list is not exhaustive, these are some items or products that people commonly mistake as being harmless to their drain or garbage disposal system. Caustic drain cleaning chemicals are another commonly used item, but they should always be avoided. These products can cause chemical burns to humans and do more harm than good to your plumbing systems.

Invest in Regular Drain Cleaning and Maintenance

One of the best ways to prevent a major clog from happening is to regularly clean your drains and have them maintained before problems arise. One very simple way to clean your drains at home is to carefully pour boiling water down them. The hot water will help to liquefy any residue that is building up in your plumbing. In addition, using a drain snake can help you dislodge simple clogs without professional help. Dispose of any items that you remove with the snake in the garbage.

Having your plumbing cleaned regularly by a professional will also help you avoid dealing with clogged drains. As rust, hair, and minerals build up over time, clogs will become more common. We use our advanced HydroScrub® jetting technology to clear out any clogs and clean your plumbing in the process. HydroScrub® uses 3500 psi of water pressure to clear out all debris from your pipes, as well as removing any hair, grease, or mineral buildup to create lasting positive effects for your plumbing. Your pipes will be running like new again after receiving the HydroScrub® treatment! Regular jetting will prevent frequent clogs in your plumbing.

How to Tell if Your Drain Is Clogged

While some signs of a clogged drain are obvious, there are several warnings to look out for that could indicate a clog. These are five of the most common signs that you have one or more drains that are clogged:

  1. Water is not clearing or is slow to drain
  2. Toilet water is bubbling while running the sink
  3. Drains are gurgling after running the dishwasher or washing machine
  4. Water is pooling on the floor near a bathtub or sink
  5. Sewage odors are emitting from one or more drains

Even if you take good care of your drains, sometimes a major clog can still happen. Clogs can be the result of rust or mineral buildup in your pipes over time. If you’ve tried simple fixes and you’re still experiencing symptoms of a clogged drain, it’s probably time for professional help, especially if you’re experiencing these symptoms in multiple locations across your home or business. This could indicate that your main sewer line is clogged, which requires more extensive repairs.

Trust Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Southeast Georgia for Your Clogged Drain Repair Needs

If you do end up needing professional help to repair a clogged drain at your Southeast Georgia home or business, our plumbing experts will help you resolve the issue. Usually, a clogged drain is a low cost, fast repair that a good plumber can resolve within two hours. Sometimes, more extensive service is required. For example, if a tree root has broken your main sewer line, the whole line might need to be replaced.

No matter the extent of the problem, our licensed plumbers will have a solution. We understand that clogs don’t always happen at convenient times, so we offer 24-hour emergency services. You can expect our uniformed professionals to arrive on time, whenever you need them, so your home or business doesn’t have to wait.

Don’t wait any longer to get your drains working like new again. Call Mr. Rooter today!