Prevent Clogged Drains in 3 Easy Steps
Some plumbing problems you just can’t avoid, due to faulty materials, poor installation, or simple wear and tear over time. However, there are certain plumbing problems that you can avoid by taking proper precautionary measures. To save yourself from unnecessary spending (and unwanted headaches), you should uphold some basic practices to protect your plumbing from future costly repairs.
One of the simplest plumbing problems – and easiest to prevent – is that of clogged drains. How do you keep from clogging your drain?
1. Use Drain Screens
These are very simple and affordable devices that can go a long way in protecting your drains from clogs. Drain screens are exactly what they sound like: screens that cover your drains. They are generally made of metal or plastic, and can be found in any chain retail, hardware, or home improvement store. Simply place the drain screen over the drain to block hair and soap scum from drains, and be sure to clean the screens frequently. Use them in your kitchen, showers and anywhere else debris and hair can accumulate in your drain.
2. Boiling Water
Even if your drains don’t become clogged with things like hair and other debris, you can bet that there is a collection of buildup from things like soap scum, water calcium, and other substances that grow on each other to form a nasty, mucky build up. One of the best and easiest ways to clear out this buildup and keep drains free and clear of clogs is to pour boiling water down your drains once every other week. Simply heat a pot of water on the stove to boiling and then slowly pour it down each drain in your house.
This will go along way in preventing clogged drains in the future.
3. Be Watchful
Even the smallest things, like hairs, sand, and food remnants, can work together over time to create some major drainage problems. Pay close attention to what you are allowing down your drain, and use a screen, stopper, and/or drain filter whenever necessary. Also, you should never pour hot grease down a drain. That grease may be in liquid form while it is hot, but it will harden when it cools and could very easily stick to your pipes and clog your drain. If you have kids, keep an eye on them in the kitchen and make sure that they know what not to allow down the drain.