4 Tips How to Avoid Clogged Drains
Let’s face it, having clogged drains can be one of the most annoying (if not the most) thing that can happen to your home plumbing system. Not only does it cause nasty backups, but it can also cost a lot of money in repairs. Here are some practical tips to help you avoid clogged drains.
1. Act, Don’t Wait
There is no sense in waiting for a mainline blockage to happen, right? So if you have been experiencing some clogged sewer line for a while, you should be aware that cleaning will not do the job. There is definitely something wrong down the pipe line that only a good camera inspections can reveal.
In fact, a number of things can go wrong depending the age of your sewer pipes like tree roots, collapsed pipes, and other things that can cause blockage. So act immediately when backed up sewers become too frequent for comfort, call a licensed plumbing service today!
2. Stop the Lint
How can something so small cause so much problem? There have been countless times that lint has caused blockage of the drain in your laundry room. Without you noticing it, over time, these small particles get trap in the drain causing it to clog and back up. The easiest thing to avoid this problem is to stop it from happening by putting a lint trap at the end of the washing machine’s drain hose. This mesh lint traps can easily be bought from your local hardware or home center. If you have an old nylon stocking lying around, you can use this as well. When the trap is full, simply replace it.
3. Stop Dumping It
When will we learn that the drain is not a trash bin or a place to dispose of all types of junk and debris? Are you even aware that many homeowners are responsible for causing the clogging of their drains? How many times have you poured down grease or disposed of grout or cement compound down the drain?
All of these things do not belong down the drain and therefore should not be dumped there. Pouring down grease will cause it to form a blockage once it cools down. The worse part of it is that it hardens and gets stuck in the pipe causing a major problem.
The same can be said with grout or cement compound, which contain chemicals that allow it to harden even when it is submerged in water. This means that such hardened blockage cannot be dislodged easily and would require professional help.
This is why it is important to dispose of these types of materials properly and not allow them to enter the drain system. For grease, keep a jar in your kitchen where you can conveniently pour it in before even washing it off the dishes. Make sure to wipe away any remaining grease before you wash it over the sink. For grout and cement compound, put it in rinse water and allow the material to turn solid before disposing the sludge in the garbage bin. This should save you from a lot of headaches.
4. Catch It
In the bathtub or shower, two of the most common culprits of clogged drains is hair and soap scum. When they combine in the drain, you can be almost sure that you are headed for trouble. The problem with hair is that it does not dissolve easily and soap scum has a tendency to cling to the inner lining of the pipes.
So what should you do? The easiest and most convenient solution is to catch it before it gets into the drain. How would you do that? Buy a drain strain or install a mesh screen over the drain so that clogging problems can be minimized. Just make sure that you keep the drain or screen clean regularly to keep it effective.
If you follow these tips you should reduce the possibility of having clogged drains. Have your plumbing system inspected regularly as well by a licensed professional plumber like Scott English Plumbing for good measure.