Clogged drains are one of the most common plumbing problems that we see. However, with some regular cleaning and just a little maintenance, you can prevent clogs before they happen, saving you time, stress, and money. Here are just a few of our tips on how you can prevent clogged drains from happening in your home.
Think Before You Put Something Down the Drain
It can be so easy to let food scraps go down the drain, especially if you have a garbage disposal. However, food scraps are often some of the biggest culprits for clogged drains. So put leftover food in the trash or compost instead.
Also, do NOT dump grease down the drain! One of the worst things you can do for your plumbing is letting hot grease go down your drain to cool and stick to your pipes. Instead, put grease in a separate container like a glass jar to throw away.
Watch What You Flush
Toilets are designed to handle human waste and toilet paper—not much else. Don’t try to flush your personal care products or other trash. Because these products were not designed to be flushed, they often can get snagged in the pipes and start a clog. So, remember, just because you can flush it doesn’t mean you should.
Catch Hair Before it Reaches the Drain
One of the best ways to prevent a clog? Stop hair and debris before it even reaches the drain! There are many options on the market for hair catchers or mesh screens that you place over your drain to collect junk while still letting the water go through.
Try to remember to clean your drains regularly, removing any hair, soap scum, or debris that you see. You should also make sure to deep clean your tub and shower at least once a month to help remove anything that might get sent down the drain.
Flush Your Drains
One way to remove any hidden gunk lurking inside your drains is to flush them out regularly. Flushing your pipes with a large flow of water or running hot water down the drain can help loosen and clear out anything that might stick inside.
Use Bacterial Drain Cleaner
You can use a bacterial drain cleaner about once a month to help maintain your drains. Whether it’s hair, grease, or food, certain bacteria in Bacterial Drain Cleaner can break it down to prevent clogs. And because it is biodegradable and non-corrosive, it won’t damage your pipes.