Prevent Drain Clogs

by jeffskbb on October 26, 2012

Drain clogs are one of the household inconveniences every homeowner faces from time to time. A good plumber can usually clear the clog easily in one visit, but there are ways to prevent clogs from happening. By taking a few preventive measures one can keep pipes flowing properly and prevent clogs from occurring.

A drain screen is the first logical step in working to maintain clog free drains. In bathrooms they prevent soap scum and hair, two major clog culprits, from accumulating. In the kitchen they work to catch food debris and other particles that are not meant to wash down pipes. Grease should never be poured down the drain. Clearing out drain screens and kitchen stoppers regularly also aids with maintaining a clear drain.

Although many homes make use of garbage disposals do not treat a disposal as a trash can. Any large food items that can go in the can should be tossed there first, and this includes coffee grinds. A garbage disposal is best used to clear out food items that may have accidentally gone down the drain, or for mostly liquid items such as soup that would create a mess in a trash can. Garbage disposals can be used in maintaining a clear drain by freezing half vinegar and half water in an ice cube tray. Once frozen, toss the vinegar ice down the drain with the disposal on for a great cleaning.

There are other preventive measures that should be incorporated into the household chore rotation. Pouring boiling water down the drains once a week clears out scum and buildup before it can create a clog. Drains rarely go from free flowing to completely clogged at once, so pay attention to how drains are working during everyday use. If sinks or tubs are draining noticeably slower try baking soda, vinegar, or a store bought drain cleaner to get rid of the clog before it becomes a problem.

Drain clogs can be quite problematic, so working to prevent clogs is critical. It keeps pipes in the best shape, while also eliminating the cost of a clog removal.

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