Most of the types of problems that cause clogged drains, as well as slowly draining sinks, showers, or tubs, can be avoided. The last thing you want to worry about is having to call a plumber because water is not flowing down the drain correctly. Some of the preventative things you can do around your home include:
- Use screens over your sink, shower, and tub drains. These screens will allow water to drain away while catching food particles, hair, soap, and other such debris and keep it out of your pipes. Without a screen, these things will go down the drain and often get stuck somewhere in the drain pipe. Eventually, you will end up with some type of clog and have to call a professional to come snake out your drain pipes.
- Never pour hot grease or oil down the sink. The grease and oil can stick to the inside walls of the drain pipes. It would be like your arteries becoming clogged from too much bad cholesterol.
- Never put items in the garbage disposal that it cannot handle. Potato peelings, coffee grounds, chicken bones, and other such items should never find their way into your garbage disposal. These items are not only rough on the appliances but can cause clogged drains.
- Only flush items down the toilet that it was meant to handle. Paper towels, sanitary napkins, tampons, disposable diapers, baby wipes, and other such items should never be flushed down the toilet. The sewer lines weren’t meant to handle these things, and they can cause clogs. In addition, avoid using excessive amounts of toilet paper as this, too, can cause a clog.
If you start to notice water isn’t draining as fast as it used to, or you start to hear a gurgling noise coming from the drains or even your toilet, then it means a clog is forming. At this point, it is best to call in a professional to help pinpoint the problem and fix it.
How to Resolve Clogged Drains
In the event you do end up with a clogged drain or toilet, your initial thoughts might be to grab a bottle of drain clog remover and pour it down the drain. However, most of these products contain harmful chemicals that can burn the skin upon contact and irritate the eyes and respiratory system.
They can be equally as damaging to the plumbing lines in your home without resolving the clog. These products are designed to target certain clogs, like hair or grease, but not others. Furthermore, if you have a septic tank, the chemicals in these products could destroy the “good” bacteria in the tank that is needed to break down waste.
It is better to invest in an old-fashioned plunger or call our plumbing repair service to help resolve clogged drains, as well as other plumbing problems. Please feel free to contact A+ Services at 360-491-2900 today! A+ Services at 360-491-2900 today! Our plumbing repair service serves the Olympia area as well as Thurston, Pierce, Lewis and Mason counties.