Preventing Clogged Drains (and Future Pipe Bursts)

Slow or clogged drains are among the most common plumbing issues and can be quite frustrating to homeowners. Even if you don’t have a complete clog, an obstruction in your pipes can slow drainage to a trickle and cause pooling in your sink or tub. There’s nothing worse than taking a shower while standing in a pool of soapy water!

One of the most effective ways to prevent slow or clogged drains is to avoid introducing debris into the drain to begin with. Here are some tips to help prevent clogged drains in your home:

Catch debris with a strainer: A sink strainer can be placed in your kitchen sink to stop food particles before they enter the drain. Shower drain strainers work in a similar fashion, preventing hair and other debris from passing into the shower drain. This is especially important for individuals with long hair or those who bathe pets in the bathtub. Strainers are affordable and can be purchased at your local hardware store.

Save waste for the trash: Even if you have a garbage disposal, it is a good idea to keep food scraps and other non-liquids out of the kitchen sink. Scrape food into the trash before washing dishes and dispose of coffee grinds in the same manner. Be sure to always pour grease in a container for disposal, rather than pouring it down the drain – otherwise, the grease will coat the drain and build up over time, leading to a clog.

Remove blockage: Every few weeks, make a conscious effort to remove what hair you can from shower drains to prevent buildup. If you notice pooling in your kitchen sink or shower, shine a flashlight down the drain to see if you can visibly recognize the issue. If so, you can attempt to remove the object using a pair of tweezers.

If you’re combating clogged drains on a regular basis, it may be time to call in an expert. These clogs add stress and pressure to pipes, ultimately shortening their lifespan.

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