Tips from Our Plumbers--Save Money by Avoiding Blocked Drains

Tips from Our Plumbers--Save Money by Avoiding Blocked Drains

More frequently than not, Professional Plumbers are called to take care of clogged drains. This can get expensive over time. Following are four suggestions to help you avoid clogs from occurring in the first place.

Avoid Kitchen Clogs

Taking care of your kitchen pipes is easy. Following is a list of things you can do in the kitchen to avoid a clogged drain.

Never Put Grease down Your Sink

Many individuals think that if they run the disposal it will break up the grease and flush it down the line. This is a bad idea. Even when solidified grease is broken into small pieces it can still cause problems. Grease builds up on the sides of the pipes and can eventually create a clog.

Solution--Pour hot grease into a container and let it solidify. When it is solid, scoop it out with a paper towel and throw it away. Wipe the inside of your pans with a paper towel to remove grease before you put them in the dishwasher.

Avoid Putting Problem Foods in the Disposal

The garbage disposal usually takes a lot of abuse. These appliances were never meant to handle everything we push into them. They were designed for small scraps of food left over from food preparation or meals. Avoid putting the following items in your disposal:

  • Onion skins or other fibrous foods
  • Bones, eggshells, or other hard items
  • Starchy foods such as potato peelings, pasta, and rice
  • Metal, glass, or plastic

Avoid Bathroom Clogs

While it is very common for the bathroom sink, shower, and toilet to get blocked, there are many things you can do to minimize drain clogs in each of these areas in your bathroom.

Keep Hair out of the Bathroom Sink and Shower

The most common cause of for blockage in the sink and shower is hair. Hair will slip down the pipes and catch on any plumbing parts. In the shower you can prevent a lot of hair from going down the drain by putting a drain strainer over the opening.

Don't Use the Toilet as a Garbage Can

The most common reason a toilet gets backed up is because too much toilet paper is used at once. The second most common reason for problems with a toilet is that it is used as a garbage can. To help keep things from falling into the toilet, keep the lid shut when it is not in use. Avoid putting items such as the following in your toilet:

  • Cotton balls or facial wipes
  • Cotton swabs
  • Tampons or tampon applicators
  • Baby wipes
  • Toys
  • Food or grease
  • Any hard, stick-like objects
  • Small toys
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