To ensure you have smooth drains, clogged drains will usually require the work of trained professionals as it is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to plumbing problems. Bad clogs may require snaking and this is best done by an experienced plumber so that they have to opportunity to make sure the clog is not systemic of a large problem. Very slow drains and stubborn clogs may require professional help but there are many things you can do to prevent your clogged drains from reaching that point.
The best way to deal with clogged drains is to avoid having them by practicing some simple habits around the home. Here are some kitchen, bathroom, and some general tips to help your smooth drains running just as it should.
Never pour grease or oil down the sink as this can have a serious impact on the health of your entire plumbing system. Instead, pour the grease or oil into a sealable container and throw it out.
Avoid letting food scraps go down the drain as they can get caught in bends and lead to clogs. Consider using drain screens on kitchen sinks to prevent this.
Garbage disposals are a great thing to have but they cannot handle every kind of food so avoid placing thick, sticky foods like banana peels and coffee grinds down the disposal. Always remember to run a steady stream of cold water while you are using it as this will help to carry waste material through the system.
Clean bathtub and sink stoppers on a regular basis as hair, soap scum, and general gunk can quickly cause a clog, especially for those with long hair.
Never flush heavy paper products down the drain as they are common culprits of clogging problems.
Pour boiling water down the drains once a week to help break up residue and move debris through the system. Second, adding vinegar or baking soda will help in breaking down soap scum. And lastly, never pour paint or paint thinner down drains.
Baking soda and vinegar can be combined in a one-to-one mixture to create a safe and natural solution which will help clear more stubborn residue. Leave the solution in the drain for at least 8 hours without running water and then run very hot water and plunge the drain to clear any remaining residue.
Hydrogen peroxide can also be used to break down sediment and soap scum but it is not as effective on hair. If you suspect your slow drain is due to residue buildup, pour a cup of hydrogen peroxide down the drain. Wait 10 minutes and then plunge the drain. Repeat as necessary.
Need Some Help?
If you’re noticing that your clogged drains are getting nastier despite your efforts, don’t hesitate to give us a call. At HY-PRO, we take great pride in unblocking clogged drains and maintain the health and cleanliness of your entire system.