Drain clogs are nearly impossible to avoid completely. Hair, oil, grease, food, paper, mineral build-up, and a myriad of other items can cause a drain clog. This cannot be altogether avoided, but by following good plumbing maintenance techniques and dealing with problems in a timely manner, you can help to prevent further problems from occurring.
Your garbage disposal can be both a blessing and a curse. However, by just being conscious of what you are putting into the garbage disposal, you can effectively prevent a problem from occurring in the first place. Grease, large items, and food items that are susceptible to expanding (such as rice and bread) are especially harmful and should be thrown in the trash, not down the drain. Simply scraping any plates or pans and disposing of the food in the trash before you wash the dishes can significantly cut down on drain clogs.
One of the most common causes of bathroom drain clogs is toilet paper and sanitary napkins. Sanitary napkins and other paper products belong in the trashcan. If you use a particularly large amount of toilet paper, or if your toilet can only handle a small amount of toilet paper at a time, then give a courtesy flush. Flushing small amounts of toilet paper at a time may waste more water, but can help to prevent a flood, toilet overflow, drain clog, and other plumbing issues.
Depending on how bad your drains are, you may need to use a build-up remover once or twice every month to keep your drains clean and free of clogs. Your plumber will likely have a selection of quality products that can get the job done right, helping to clear out your drains now, while preventing future problems from occurring.
Following proper plumbing maintenance guidelines can be difficult for some homeowners to do on their own. If you do not have the time or desire to follow up on maintenance, then have a professional take care of it for you. In fact, many plumbers even offer convenient, affordable maintenance plans so that they can take care of all of your maintenance and repair needs for you.
If you experience a drain clog, don’t wait to correct the problem. Drain clogs do not correct themselves. In fact, the problem will only get significantly worse over time, so make sure to take care of the problem now, before it becomes any worse.
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