Of all the plumbing problems you’re bound to experience, clogged drains are the most common. Depending on the size and location of the clog, you may need to call a plumber to clear the drain. However, you can avoid the hassle of drain cleaning by paying attention to what goes down your drain. Here are some tips on preventing clogged drains.
Be Careful What You Flush
Backed-up wastepipes can pose a health risk to you and your family, so take care to avoid clogged drains in the bathroom by paying attention to what you flush down the toilet. As a good rule of thumb, keep anything but sewage and toilet-paper out of toilets. Feminine products, floss, and cotton swabs are just a few of the common bathroom items that can cause a drain clog if flushed down the toilet.
Throw Out the Grease
You should never pour liquid grease down the drain. As it cools and settles inside the drain, grease hardens and collects food scraps and debris that flow by. To prevent clogging your kitchen drain, put cooking grease in a plastic container and throw it away when it hardens.
Avoid Chemical Drain-Clearing Products
Although you can buy chemicals to clear clogged drains, these products sometimes do more harm than good. For starters, chemical drain-clearing products can erode cast-iron drainpipes. They also typically don’t completely remove the entire clog, so you will need to use chemicals repeatedly to keep the drains clear. The better option is to hire a plumber to clear the drain and completely remove whatever is plugging the line.
If your drains are clogged, Ace Plumbing can help. For over 40 years, we have provided plumbing services for residents of Sacramento and the surrounding areas. To learn more about our drain cleaning and sewer repair services, visit our website or contact us online. Call Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548 for an estimate to plumber dispatch.