Tips To Prevent Clogged Drains

fix clogged drainsThere are certain things that a homeowner can do to prevent Drain stoppages. Different drains require different preventive maintenance, which we will discuss in this article.

The key to preventing clogged drains is to monitor what you are putting down them and to be aware of what actually causes a blockage.

If your drain is running slow, it is only going to get worse unless you do something about it. Use a drain screen for all of your sink, shower, and tub drains. Soap scum and hair are major causes for bathroom clogs. We recommend removing your pop up stoppers periodically and removing the hair, which is likely to become tangled around the stem.

Grease and food particles are the enemy in your kitchen. We advise customers to never put liquid grease down the drain; pour it into a sealable container and put in the garbage after it cools. Scrape your dishes even if you have a garbage disposal. Certain things like potato peelings can jam even a new disposal. Make sure you run lots of cold water down the drain after using the disposal to flush out the pulverized food.

Seems like a lot to remember, doesn’t it? Isn’t it just simpler to buy some of the drain clog products? We don’t advise using these products since they are not only dangerous to your health; they are bad for your drainpipes and can erode cast iron pipes. A better solution is pouring boiling water down your drains once a week to clean out any forming clogs. Make this a regular part of your cleaning routine to clear the pipes of any build-up.

To prevent toilet blockages we suggest not putting anything down the toilet but bathroom tissue and waste. Buy a wastebasket and use it. A plunger will help with a clogged toilet if it is not too serious, but if you refrain from putting foreign material down the toilet you will be less likely to require the use of a plunger.

Finally, remember to call us to snake out your main sewage line every few years. Often, tree roots clog sewage pipes and we have the tools necessary to prevent this from happening and causing a much more costly repair.

Because plungers and chemicals can actually be damaging to your pipes, and yourself,we advise homeowners to contact us for even minor clogs to ensure the job is done right.  You can reach us 24 hours a day at (516) 789-8943.

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