Helpful Tips For Preventing Clogged Drains In Your Home

Friday, May 31st, 2019

Clogged drains can be a headache; however, if you ignore them long enough, they can quickly turn into a nightmare inside your home.

Most of us think of a clogged kitchen sink drain, or a bathroom drain sink when thinking of a clogged drain. However, you must be aware of all your plumbing that can become clogged very quickly, such as your shower and even your toilet. We have listed some helpful tips that you and your family members can easily do at home to help prevent your drains from becoming clogged.

Kitchen Grease

  • Nothing beats a home cooked meal, and with home cooked meals comes unwanted grease. It is an old wives tale to slowing pour the grease down your kitchen sink with scolding hot water. However, this is not ideal. The best way to avoid a blockage in your kitchen plumbing due to grease is to actually collect your grease and dispose of it in the trash. So, instead of pouring the grease down your kitchen drain, pour it into a container that you can dispose of on trash day.

Hair & Soap Scum

  • Hair, soap scum, fingernails, toothpaste, dental floss, and several other yucky hygiene items can easily find there way into your drain. All are bad for your drain. However, hair is the worst. The best way to avoid your drain from becoming clogged from one of the above is to install an inexpensive screen that goes under your pop up stopper. This will help prevent any of the above items getting into your drainage and causing a blockage. Screens are available in all sizes in your local home improvement store and are relatively inexpensive compared to the cost of repair.

Flush Your Drains

  • Most of the toilets and faucets that are sold today are of the water saving variety, which means the use of minimum water to clear the waste. This is great for your water bill; however, it is not so great for keeping your main drain lines clear. This being said, every so often, you will want to fill up a container with about 5 gallons or more of water and let this water go down at one time in your kitchen sink, toilet, tub, and or shower. This will help ensure that your main drain pipes stay clear.

Care For Your Toilet

  • Most of us adults should already know this, and it is imperative that we teach our children and house guest that your toilet is not a trash can. Just because it flushed and you can no longer see whatever it is in your toilet, does not mean that it made it all the way through your drain pipes. So, make sure to properly dispose of hygiene products such as Q-Tips, dental floss, and hair is the trash bin rather than the toilet.

Schedule A Consultation

Guardian Plumbing has 30 years of experience in performing service on clogged drains. We also offer a Homeowner Protection Plan that includes routine maintenance on your drains to ensure that they do not clog or break.

Contact us today for a free estimate 301.685.5017