Tips from Our Plumbers--Six Ways to Stop Clogs from Occurring

Tips from Our Plumbers--Six Ways to Stop Clogs from Occurring

As most plumbers will tell you, drain clogs are a part of life. However, it does seem that some people get them more often than others. You can do a lot to reduce the number of clogs that occur in your house. Following is a list of suggestions to help keep your drains flowing smoothly.

Never Pour Grease down the Drain

Grease should never be put down any pipe, including the toilet. Grease solidifies when it hits the cool pipes. It builds up along the interior walls of the pipes and creates a tough clog.

Use the Garbage Disposal Moderately

In spite of the name "dispose-all," garbage disposals were never intended to dispose of all the food and waste that can be pushed through them. They were only meant to handle scraps of food left over from meals or food preparation. Too much food at once or the wrong types of food can give you a clogged drain or jammed disposer.

Never Put Certain Items in the Disposer

Even when you use your disposer in moderation, there are a few things you should always avoid. The following list contains some examples of items that should never go in a disposer:

  • Potato peelings
  • Eggshells
  • Onion skins
  • Small bones
  • Grape stems
  • Popcorn kernels
  • Metal, plastic, or glass

Use a Hair Strainer in the Shower

The most common cause for a clogged shower is hair. It slips down the drain and forms a net that catches other things flowing through the pipes. A hair strainer will catch a lot of hair and keep it from slipping down the drain. After your shower simply scoop up the hair and put it in the trash. This will prolong the need to dismantle the floor drain assembly and manually remove drain clogs.

Use a Trash Can not the Toilet

Because the opening in the bottom of the toilet bowl is fairly large, many individuals use the toilet in place of a trash can. However, a toilet was only designed to handle human waste and disposable paper. Do not put the following items in the toilet:

  • Tampons or tampon applicators
  • Baby wipes
  • Cotton balls or Q-tips
  • Facial wipes
  • Food or grease

Keep the Toilet Lid Closed

Even when you don't purposefully use the toilet as a trash can, foreign objects can make their way into the toilet. Keep the lid shut when it isn’t being used. This will prevent tooth brushes, toys, and other objects from inadvertently falling into the bowl.

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