Despite the fact that clogged drains are one plumbing problem that can easily be corrected, we’re sure you would agree that it’s best to avoid them in the first place whenever possible. The good news here is that this is pretty simple – preventing a clogged drain really just requires you to be a bit more conscientious when it comes to your plumbing. Keep reading to learn some preventative measures you can take.
Clean up your hair.
This one is especially important for women with long hair – after your shower, take a minute or two to clean up any strands that you might have lost. Hair can easily get tangled up in your shower’s drain, so it’s important to catch it before it has the chance to make its way into your pipes. Bonus tip: you can make things easier on yourself by installing screens over your drain – these can catch your hair for you.
Throw food scraps in the trash.
Even if you have a garbage disposal, one of the best things you can do to prevent a clog in your kitchen sink is to scrape all food scraps off your plate before washing your dishes. This goes for all food scraps, no matter their size. Bonus tip: to prevent damage to your garbage disposal, you most definitely should avoid putting potato skins, bone fragments, egg shells, banana peels, fats/grease, unpopped popcorn kernels, onion skins, fruit pits and seeds, and stringy vegetables down it.
Only flush toilet paper.
When we say toilet paper is the only thing that should be flushed down the toilet (aside from waste), we really mean it. Even tissues that feel like toilet paper should be tossed in the trash instead, and wipes or other products that may be advertised as flushable should be avoided too.
Now, even if you do all the right things, what can you do if you still experience a clogged drain anyway? You may find that these home remedies work, but your best bet is to contact a professional plumber for drain cleaning services – for our readers in Orange County, California, that’s us!
To learn more about our drain cleaning services or to make an appointment to have your drains cleaned, please call 714.630.8766 today.