The Basic Steps to Avoid a Clogged Drain


Let’s be honest, nobody enjoys a clogged sink, shower or toilet. Even the most minor of clogs can quickly become a major headache and hassle! That’s why we’ve put together these tips to help you avoid clogs:


Bathroom Sinks

If there’s one thing that we quickly think of when it comes to clogged bathroom sinks, it’s excess hair. In addition to this nuisance clogging things up, another common clog inducer includes soap scum. A great way to minimize the risk to avoiding these clogs is to begin using a screen drain or grate. Remember, for these to be most effective, you must regularly clean them out.

In terms of toilets, be cautious what you flush down the toilet. Things like paper towels or baby wipes should not be flushed down the toilet. These kinds of items can easily form clogs in your entire drain system. It is easy to forget how narrow pipes are, but be sure to avoid flushing these items.


Kitchen Sink

Always be cautious about what you’re dumping down the sink. Foods that are thick and sticky should not go down the sink, even if you have a garbage disposal. These kinds of excess scraps should find their way to the garbage can.

If you are using a garbage disposal, be sure to have a steady stream of water running down your drain. A steady water flow will assist in pushing any food waste down the drain. In addition to running water, be sure to ask our professionals about proper maintenance for garbage disposals.

Lastly, dumping cooking grease down the drain should be avoided at all times! Excess grease easily builds up over time, sticking to your pipes and causing serious clogs. Even if you have a garbage disposal, grease still collects and hardens over time.

Try this: once a week, pour boiling water down your drain. It turns out this helps your drainage system a lot!


Annual Maintenance

The best way to avoid troublesome maintenance is to schedule annual routine maintenance. The professionals at Tom Drexler Plumbing, Air & Electric are ready to help you with your home service needs. Whether you need a pipe unclogged, your A/C tuned up and everything in between, we have you covered.

Give us a call today to schedule an appointment or schedule online!



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