Easy Ways to Prevent Clogged Drains

drainsClogged drains can cause a lot of problems beyond slow drainage. If clogged drains aren’t taken care of, they can completely close off the opening in your sink or bathtub and damage your pipes.

Instead of waiting until it’s too late and then dealing with a clogged drain, why not prevent it from happening in the first place? As a professional plumber in Massapequa, we know what the common causes of drain clogs are and how you can prevent them.

Clean Hair Out of the Sink

You know all those hairs that end up in your bathroom sink or on your shower floor? Instead of turning on the water and flushing them down the drain, use a rag or even a piece of toilet paper to wipe them out and throw them away. Lots of clogged bathroom drains are caused by hair build up, so preventing hair from entering your drain to begin with can go a long way in avoiding clogged drains.

Use Your Garbage Disposal Wisely

Never put things like grease, fat, pasta, rice, eggshells, starchy vegetables, coffee grounds, pits, seeds and bones down your kitchen sink drain. These items can cause clogged drains and aren’t handled by your garbage disposal very well. In fact, some of these items, like bones or pits can even break your garbage disposal’s blades. If your kitchen sink does become clogged, we’re a professional Massapequa plumber that specializes in drain cleaning and can fix the problem for you.

Watch What You Flush

Just like you need to be careful what you put down your kitchen sink drain, you need to be careful what you flush down the toilet. Never flush anything besides toilet paper and sewage. Trying to flush anything else down your toilet can cause clogs or even toilet overflows.

Keep Your Drain Stoppers Clean

toothbrushIf your sink has a stop that pops up and can be removed, clean it regularly. Use some soap or bathroom cleaning agent and a scrub brush or old toothbrush to remove soap scum and hair wash away grime that could prevent proper drainage. This simple step can keep your drains working well and prevent clogs.

Install a Drain Screen

Drain screens are commonly used in shower drains and can catch things like hair and large pieces of soap before they enter your drain. Many drain screens are simply laid over your drain and can be easily removed for cleaning. If you use a screen, clear away anything it catches on a daily basis.

Even if you use these preventative measures, you may still find yourself with a clogged drain. Sometimes things enter the drain when you don’t realize it and sometimes soap scum and pipe breakdown can build up to cause a clog deep in your system.

If you have a clogged drain, do not use commercial cleaners, which can damage your pipes, but call a plumber instead. If you are looking for a Massapequa plumber, or a plumber in 11758, contact us for a professional drain cleaning appointment.

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