Clogged drains can be a major problem in your plumbing system. They are also the most disruptive. Clogged drains can lead to all kinds of problems in your home including water damage, burst pipes and mold growth. These can all be costly and difficult to repair.
There are many things you can do to prevent drains from becoming clogged.
Hair is the most common cause of drain clogs. Hairballs can build up in tub and shower drains. They resist the physical breakage of drain snakes, and are not easily removed by chemical drain cleaners.
A hair catcher is a device that prevents hair from getting into your drains. It can be purchased at most hardware stores and grocery stores. This catcher collects hair and can be easily removed to clean your drains.
The same principle applies to lint that drains from your washing machine. Installing a hair catcher can collect lint, and other debris to keep your basement drains clean. Don’t Dump Grease
Although human hair is not a common cause of blocked drains in the kitchen, cooking oils and grease are. These materials, which are liquid at high temperatures, will gel up when they cool. The cool grease and oil can build up in your plumbing, causing physical blockages that stop water from flowing.
Grease won’t get caught in hair collectors or other drain blockers so you will need to make an effort to pour oil and cooking grease into cans or containers that you can then throw out. You can melt small amounts of grease by running hot water down the drain. However, this will not remove the entire blockage.
Similar to this, it is important not to put items down your drains that could cause damage to your plumbing. These items include toilet paper, floss, and large amounts of food waste. They should be thrown away.
Although a small amount is beneficial for the environment as well as your monthly water bill, it’s sometimes necessary to flush your drains to get rid of any debris that could cause a blockage in the future.
Pour a cup vinegar down your drain and let it sit for at least an hour to rinse the pipes and drains. The vinegar will penetrate any organic waste stuck to your pipes by sitting for at least an hour. You should then run hot water for several more minutes to flush out the loose material and clean your drains.
You can also buy commercial drain cleaners. These cleaners can be used to remove clogs in your drains. While chemical cleaners can damage your pipes, bacterial cleaners will work just as well. Allow the cleaner to sit for the recommended time, then rinse it with hot water.
This post was written by Joey Denick. Joey is the Owner and Operator of Clog Kings. At Clog Kings, LLC, we pride ourselves on our dedication and efficiency. We know you don’t have time to waste. That’s why we work fast to get your home or commercial building back up and running in no time. If you are looking for Plumber St Pete then look no further because we got you covered!