A clogged drain can be inconvenient as well as unhealthy, with that murky water filling your sink or tub. However, your work’s not done after the plumber gets the water flowing smoothly again. Good drainage requires regular maintenance.
Here are a few things you can do to prevent clogged drains and future plumber service calls.
Preventing clogged drains
Fixing a clogged drain, most often in the kitchen, is the number one reason why homeowners call a plumber. Many such clogs can often be prevented by paying a little attention to what goes into the drain.
- Avoid fats and grease. Liquid fats like oil and butter go down the drain easily with hot water, but start to solidify further down the drain pipe as they cool. Other debris, like coffee grounds and food particles, can adhere to the fats until the pipe is impassable. Avoid this situation by draining grease and oil into a tin can and then disposing of it in the garbage.
- Use a drain screen. Hair and soap scum are two of the leading causes of clog in bathroom drains. Prevent these from entering your drain by installing an inexpensive drain screen.
- Pour boiling water down the drain. Pouring boiling water down your drains once a week can go a long way toward keeping them open and clog free. Make it part of your weekly household routine.
- Avoid using chemical drain cleaners. Using commercial drain cleaners can corrode your pipes and cause leaks over time. Use them sparingly, if at all.
If you need help with a clogged drain in your Cincinnati area home, call Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We’ve been helping southwest Ohio homeowners with their drains and other plumbing needs since 1910.
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