A clogged pipe is inconvenient for you, and for plumbers everywhere, yet it’s what they get calls about the most. On the other hand, keeping your pipes free from clogs is actually pretty easy.
For starters, you can use a strainer over your bathroom drains. This product, usually made of plastic or rubber, has small holes that will let liquids pass, but not any debris that could cause a clog.
The strainer will keep hair, soap scum, and any other potential clogs out of the pipe. To keep the drain working smoothly, remove the strainer after each use, clean it, dispose of any debris, and replace it over the drain before using the shower or sink again.
As for the kitchen drain, utilize your garbage disposal to help prevent clogs. However, don’t put items such as grease or fibrous foods in the disposal. You can also use a strainer over this drain, too, to prevent too much from going into the pipes.
Another good preventative measure is to pour at least two gallons of boiling water down each drain about once a month. It will clear the pipe of small hair and grease particles before they build to a clog.
If you do get a clog, it’s better to use a natural solution than a commercial, chemical product that could weaken the pipes. Try pouring a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar to try and free the clog.
Using these tips, hopefully you can avoid calling a plumber for something you could have prevented.
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The Unclog Blog is written and published by Thompson Plumbing Heating & Cooling