Clogged Drains, Common Causes and Prevention.Posted by Brian Wood in Blog, on January 3, 2017
The first step in preventing clogged drains are knowing what’s causing the problem, by identifying the problem you can avoid future clogs and save money on a clogged drain service. Initially, drain cleaning by a professional or rooter service is needed to give the pipes a good clear before you take initiative. These are the three most common causes of clogged drains and clogged toilets as well as tips on how to prevent future clogs:
Bathtub Drains: The main culprit in bathtub clogs are trapped hair that has built up with skin, soap scum, and dirt. Picking up a hair catcher that is inserted down into the drain to catch hair and debris makes cleaning much easier and keeps the hair from working its way deeper through the pipes becoming unreachable.
Toilets: Some might say there is nothing worse than a clogged toilet, it really is a nasty business and commonly caused by feminine products or other items that don’t breakdown. The best way to avoid a clogged toilet is to place a garbage can next to it in order to promote the trashing of such items. A lot of individuals mistakenly believe some lady products can be flushed and boy are they embarrassed when the drain cleaning service arrives and starts pulling them out of the pipes.
Kitchen Drains: Grease, the number one perpetrator of clogged sinks alongside food particles, fortunately, there are ways to protect your drain from these nasty bits. You should never pour grease down the sink, a good way to dispose of it, is to let it cool until it hardens a bit and scrape it out in the wastebasket. Using a drain strainer to catch food particles when rinsing off your dishes will catch any large pieces that could build up in your pipes.
There are instances in which calling a drain cleaning service is imperative for the integrity of your pipes, in some instances you may need sewer line repair and not even be aware of it and this can only be diagnosed by a professional. So if your drain isn’t coming unclogged after using all of the conventional drain cleaning methods it could be time to make that call.