One of the most common plumbing calls we get is for clogged drains. A clog, by definition, is when a large item or several smaller items get lodged into a pipe. Of course, the best solution to this problem is to prevent it from occurring in the first place.
Below are some suggestions to help you avoid future clogs.
- In the tub or shower, invest in an inexpensive hair trap or screen to prevent the majority of hair and soap scum from going down the drain.
- Do not put anything down the toilet, except normal waste and toilet paper. Even the so-called “flushable wipes” can cause clogs.
- In the kitchen, don’t pour cooking grease down your drain. It will harden and coat your pipes with a sticky scum that will catch other particles and eventually clog the pipe. Instead, keep it in a coffee can or milk container and dispose of it with your garbage once it’s cooled.
- You should also avoid dumping coffee grounds down the drain. They’re notorious for causing clogs.
- Maintaining your drains on a regular basis is also a great way to keep your pipes clean and clear.
At A.J. Perri we recommend using only natural, non-toxic drain cleaners. Products that use “friendly” bacteria and enzymes work to keep the drain sludge and grease from building up in the pipes. NOTE: Using a harsh, toxic, off-the-shelf product to clear a drain is not only harmful and damaging to your plumbing system, but can be dangerous to your family as well.
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