If your drains are frequently clogged or drain slowly, you may be wondering how you can keep them clear and avoid future issues. In this guide from Anytime Plumbing, we’ll discuss a few proven DIY techniques that will help you maintain your drains.
1. Keep Grease & Excess Food Out Of Your Kitchen Sink/Garbage Disposal
Never put grease down your kitchen sink. Liquid grease will solidify and narrow your pipes, and “catch” other food particles, leading to clogs.
You also should avoid putting too much food down your garbage disposal – in particular, foods like coffee grounds, pasta, oatmeal, rice, bread, and vegetable/fruit peels can cause serious issues. Never put these foods in your disposal, and scrape plates thoroughly before putting them in the sink.
2. Flush Only Toilet Paper & Waste Down Toilets
“Flushable” wipes, napkins, paper towels, feminine hygiene products, and anything that’s not human waste or toilet paper should never go down the toilet. Blockages in sewer systems are often caused by this.
Flushable wipes are usually the biggest problem. They may be marketed as “flushable,” but they aren’t. They don’t break down in your toilet and drainage system properly, and prolonged or frequent use of flushable wipes will always lead to a serious blockage.
3. Install A Hair Trap In Your Shower Or Tub
In tubs and showers, hair is the most common cause of clogs, particularly if you or other members of your family have long, thick hair. The hair collects in the drain and collects soap and soap scum, causing a blockage over time.
To avoid this, you can put a hair trap in your shower or tub. There are a few different kinds, but they all do the same thing – they cover up the drain and catch hair from showers, while still allowing water to drain. Periodically, you just have to empty the trap to remove the hair, which won’t enter your drain – preventing clogs!
4. Apply A Biological Drain Cleaner To Your Drains Every Month
We recommend avoiding corrosive chemical drain cleaners. Instead, choose a biological drain cleaner that uses bacteria and enzymes to destroy clogs and clear pipes. You can apply this drain cleaner to your drain every month or so – or whenever a particular drain seems to be draining slowly.
Contact Anytime Plumbing If You’ve Got A Slow Or Blocked Drain
A slow or blocked drain can result in water damage or sewer backups in some cases. If you have a blocked drain or a drain that’s not draining properly, it’s best to contact a pro at Anytime Plumbing for help – we’ll get to the root of the issue, clear the blockage, and ensure you can keep your drain clear of clogs and obstructions in the future. Contact us online or give us a call at 831-431-6593 to get the help you need from Anytime Plumbing.