Drain clogs can occur for a variety of reasons, from hair and grease to items that should not be flushed down the toilet. When a clog occurs, you will need to remove the blockage. While it is tempting to reach for an off-the-shelf chemical drain remover liquid, our plumbing repair service highly discourages it.
Chemical drain remover products contain harsh and abrasive chemicals. These chemicals are not only bad for the environment and our water supplies but also your home’s drain pipes. In addition, these products are only formulated for certain types of clogs and will not work for others.
Instead, you will want to keep a good-old-fashioned plunger on hand and use a bit of elbow grease to remove the clog. For
difficult clogs that keep reoccurring, you will want to call our plumbers for drain cleaning services.
Once your drains have been professionally cleaned, you will want to take steps with these preventative maintenance tips:
- Use mesh screens over all of your sink, shower, and tub drains. The openings in the mesh are big enough to allow water to drain, but stop hair, soap, dirt, and other debris. Some of the most common types of bathroom clogs, besides the toilet, are caused by hair and soap scum in the drain lines.
- In the kitchen, take extra care about what you put down your garbage disposal. Hot grease, bones, potato peelings, pasta, coffee grounds, and rice should never end up in the disposal. These items are known to create clogs that are difficult to remove on your own.
- In the laundry room, use a discharge filter attachment to catch lint. You can have this filter installed by our plumbers on the end of the washing machine’s discharge drain. Lint from your clothing is filtered from the discharge water to help prevent clogs. It does need to be removed periodically for cleaning.
- Have your sewer lines outside the home checked periodically. Tree roots are a common cause for clogs in drain lines that run from the house to your septic tank or your city’s sewer system.
- Be mindful about what you flush down the toilet. Toilets are designed for human waste. Look for toilet paper that is biodegradable and use it sparingly. If necessary, flush a few times to prevent a toilet paper clog. You should never flush any of the following:
- Sanitary Napkins/Tampons
- Baby Wipes
- Paper Towels
- Rubber Gloves
- Cotton Swabs/Balls/Wipes
- Cigarette Butts/Ashes
- Dryer Sheets
- Dental Floss
- Makeup/Cosmetics/Nail Polish
- Cat Litter
- Oil/Gasoline/Petroleum Products/Anti-Freeze
All of these things are not good for your sewage drain lines. Some will create clogs, while others will present other potential hazards and environmental concerns. Plus, if you have a septic system, these things will not break down and will cause the tank to fill up faster.
To have your drain lines professionally cleaned or for emergency plumbing repair and clog removal, please feel free to contact A+ Services at 360-491-2900 today!