Clogged drains — has anyone ever been able to live a life completely devoid of these? We are not sure if everyone has had the “pleasure” of dealing with a clogged drain, but we are pretty sure this is a common problem for most all Americans. It’s just a matter of time before things build up, fall down, or get stuck somewhere in-between. What we also know is just how to take care of a clogged drain once it comes. But, what are some ways you can try and prevent or postpone that clogged drain from coming? Here are a few suggestions:
- We shouldn’t have to say it, and yet perhaps it bears repeating: don’t put grease down your drains. Grease will congeal inside your pipes, allowing other items flushed down to stick to it as well, and over time you will have a nasty clog. Trap grease from cooking in an old/used can and throw it away after it’s congealed. Or, save it to cook with later.
- Get a drain screen for your shower/bathtub. Hair is going to accumulate—all hair will shed eventually, and when it does, it will collect in the drain of your shower or tub. A mesh covering can help catch a lot of the material that normally would quickly clog up your drain, and is an easy solution to help slow down that process. Just clean the mesh out in the garbage and repeat!
- Don’t forget to clean your pop-up stopper. You know—the thing that allows you to stop the water from going down the drain so you can fill up the basin or tub? Well, it also helps to collect hair and other material that might otherwise go down your drain (bathroom sinks get their fair share of hair running down their drains). Because of that, give it a good clean and remove that buildup frequently. We’d suggest about once a week or so as a preventative measure. This will help the water flow stay stronger, which helps to flush things down and out of your drains and pipes. Good water flow and frequent flushing is important.
- Reduce the use of your garbage disposal by starting a compost pile. Items that you can use as compost to fertilize gardens can easily be kept in a compost bin outside, thus reducing the amount of items going through your garbage disposal and eventually getting clogged over time (with buildup) in your drains.
- Try using a bacteriological drain cleaner. Not all drain cleaners are created equal. When you use a bacteriological drain cleaner, the bacteria will consume the organic matter that is building up in your drains. These cleaners are non-corrosive to pipes, and will not harm your septic tank bacteria.
These suggestions are a great start to helping keep clogged drains from being frequent visitors in your home. Do you still have a clogged drain that you just can’t seem to get cleaned out? Give us a call and let us take care of that pesky clog for you.