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How to Prevent Clogged Drains

How to Prevent Clogged Drains

There is nothing quite as annoying as jumping into the shower only to feel the water quickly rise to your ankles or draining the water from washing the dishes only to watch it swirl and refuse to go down. Both signal your drains are clogged and require immediate attention. While you'll need to treat your clogs (or call in a plumber) right away when it reaches this point, there are some things you can do to prevent it from happening again. Follow these quick tips to prevent drain clogs in the future.

Monitor what goes down your drains.

Nearly everyone knows that pouring grease down the drain causes clogs in the pipes, but you may not have realized that the fats in other foods can be a problem too. Sauces, dips and gravies often contain high amounts of fat that can cling to the insides of the pipes when washed down. Be especially conscious of dairy and cheese food products. Scrape the dishes with a spoon or spatula and throw any remaining sauce or food scraps into the trash instead of rinsing the dish clean in the sink. While most foods generally won't clog your drain right away, they will build up over time and wreak havoc with your plumbing.

Other common culprits are rice, pasta and coffee grounds. While it may not seem like a few grains of rice or a random piece of pasta could cause a problem, these food products tend to swell in the drain. They may attach to grease and grime on the sides of the pipes and then swell with repeated exposure to water.  Always scrape food particles from your dishes into the trash before hand washing or rinsing them for the dishwasher.

 While it may not seem like a few grains of rice or a random piece of pasta could cause a problem, these food products tend to swell in the drain.

Clean your drains regularly.

Regular cleaning can prevent clogs. You can help move food particles along by running hot water through the drain after every use.  To clean your sink more thoroughly, remove the sink stopper and remove any visible grease or debris from the drain every day. You can also pour baking soda and vinegar down the drain once a week to help remove built-up.

Your bathroom sink and shower drain need regular cleaning, too. Remove the stopper and remove any hair and/or soap scum at least once a week. Use a hair catcher to remove hair in the drain and scrub both the stopper and the inside of the drain. This will prevent the buildup of soap scum and other debris in the drain.

Beware of the garbage disposal.

Your garbage disposal shouldn't become a substitute for the trash. While it is designed to pulverize food, it is not designed to handle bones (including fish bones), fibrous materials (like pea pods and corn husks), eggshells or coffee grounds. These items can clog the drain or get lodged in the blades of the disposal. To clean the garbage disposal, turn it on and drop in ice cubes once a week. To clean and deodorize, drop in a slice or two of lemon, or freeze ice cubes with a mixture of one part white vinegar to one part water and use them to clean the disposal.

If you experience stubborn drain clogs despite your efforts to keep your drains clear, contact us right away. We provide a full range of plumbing services.