Follow These Simple Steps to Help Prevent a Clogged Drain

No matter, how much caution you take getting a clogged drain is something everyone will face at some time in their lives.  With that said there are a couple of steps you can do to prevent them.  It is important to realize that by taking certain precautions you can prevent or at least postpone the dreaded clogged drain.  As with most problems within the home, there are some basic practices that if followed, can lower the chance of mishaps and save yourself from a plumbing expense and more importantly an unwanted headache.

Probably, the most prevalent plumbing service call is for a clogged drain which happens to be the easiest to prevent.

How do you stop the drains from getting clogged? 

1.  Install drain screens where possible and should you find that there is not a manufactured screen you can find material at your local hardware that will allow you to fabricate one.

 

Just by placing a screen you will decrease your chance of a clogged drain by very much indeed.  If you have never seen a drain screen, the best ways to think of them are as a circular disk that is made from screen material that is placed over the drain to help prevent debris from entering the drain.  Drain screens can be made from wire mesh, plastic materials and other types of non-rust metals.  They can be found at most hardware locations.

 

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Installation is as simple as inserting or placing the screen into or on top of the drain.

2.  The next practise is to use boiling water.

Not only do the drains become clogged from hair and other debris that fall into your drains, they also become clogged over time by soap scum (buildup), calcium residue and just general nasty mucky build-up that will accumulate in your drains over time.  A simple effective way to keep this build-up from occurring is to run boiling water by pouring it down your drains on a weekly schedule.  The water must be at the boiling point, so the best way is to boil in a pot and then quickly transfer to your drain and pour it carefully and slowly down the drain pipe.  It’s very important to pay attention to what enters your drain pipes.

Do not purposely allow dirt and other tiny debris to go down your drain as this can add to and accumulate into a clogged drain over time.  Sand and dirt can become an expensive headache later  if you allow just tiny amounts to continue to enter your drains.  With that said, the moral of the story; pay attention and take action with screws or other blocking devices like a stopper to prevent entry into your pipes.  One of the worst substances to allow down your drain pipe is hot grease.  Most people don’t realize that even though it goes in as a hot liquid it will quickly turns to a solid and rapidly begins to block your pipe and create a nasty clog for you to contend with.  A properly laid-out  home’s plumbing system is one investment that will last most likely for the life of your home with minimum upgrades as long as you take the preventative measures to care for it.  You should never take short cuts and always follow proper plumbing codes when doing DIY projects as they may cost a little more up front but will save you much over time.  If you find you have a difficult project, and you are unsure of your ability, then you should most definitely contact a reputable plumbing professional to get the job completed in a timely and correct manner.

 

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