If you have a slow or clogged drain, there are steps you can take to get your water moving again. Whether the slow drain is in the kitchen or the bathroom, a plunger can be a big help with clearing the clog. It is easier to clear a clogged drain before it gets completely clogged, so if you notice that the drain is slowing down, go ahead and address the problem sooner and save yourself some headache later. For clogs that a plunger doesn’t help, you may have to turn to a plumbing auger or contact a professional for assistance.
It is not advisable to reach for one of the many liquid chemical products that claim to unclog drains. First of all, these chemicals are dangerous for you. They release dangerous fumes into your home or business and can cause chemical burns if they come in contact with your skin. They can also damage your pipes and are not good for the environment.
The best way to reduce the chances of having a clogged drain is to be careful of what you put into your drains. Taking care of your drains will not prevent every clog, but it will definitely reduce the number of problems you experience.
Common items that should not go in your drains or toilet:
- Fat, oil and grease often solidify at room temperature and can cause big problems in your drains. Collect leftover grease in a can and throw it away when it hardens.
- Baby or personal wipes (even those marked “flushable”)
- Kitty litter
- Cigarette butts
- Paper towels, fabric softener sheets, tampons, and diapers
- Bandages, cotton swabs or balls, and cosmetics