Clogged drains are a common plumbing problem we all face. But with a few preventive measures, you can easily reduce the number of clogs in your plumbing. Here are a few preventive tips you can apply to help avoid clogged drains.
Don’t dump food scraps down the kitchen sink.
One of the main causes of clogs in kitchen sinks is the food scraps we dump down the drain. The little bits of scraps collect overtime and cause clogs. So, instead, collect the scraps and throw it in the trash or in the garbage disposal. On a related note, never remove sink strainer except to clean it.
Don’t pour grease or oil down the drain.
Never pour waste cooking oil or any other greasy substance down the drain. Grease accumulates, solidifies and creates clogs. Instead, let these greasy substances cool and collect them in a separate container and throw them away along with your regular trash.
Every three months or so, check all the sinks, strainers, tubs and stoppers for “goop”. Goop can consist of hair, soap deposits, grease or any other bits of clog inducing substance. Remove the goop, clean thoroughly and put the stoppers back in place.
Pour hot water down the drain
To prevent possible clots, pour boiling water down drain once a week. It washes away any grease buildup or hard water deposits and clears the pipes. This trick works especially on kitchen sinks where oils tend to collect and solidify.
As a preventive measure, have your plumbing system checked out by a professional every 6 months or once a year. Have them look for buildups that could cause major clogs, or small tree roots near the pipes that could penetrate the pipe and cause trouble in the future. Make sure they check major connections like the septic tank and the main water and sewer lines.
A Quick Fix
If one of your sinks is clogged, we have a quick fix that could take care of the problem. Try this trick before bedtime so that the cleaning solution sits overnight without any disturbance, making the cleaning procedure more efficient.
Things you’ll need
- ½ cup of Baking soda
- ½ cup of salt
- ½ cup of vinegar
- 8 cups of boiling hot water
What to do:
- Take the salt and baking soda and pour them down the clogged drain
- Next, pour the vinegar.
- Let the mixture sit for a few minutes.
- Wash away the mixture with boiling water.
- Let the sink sit undisturbed overnight.
Remember these tips to prevent clogs in your drains. And if a clog does occur, you can use our quick fix to get rid of it.
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