Clogged drains can be incredibly annoying, though they are not uncommon in households or even commercial buildings. Professional plumbers have the expertise and equipment to tackle clogged drains quickly and easily, depending on how severe the clog is. However, there are a few preventative measures that you can take as a homeowner to prevent clogs from ever occurring to begin with. If you and your family avoid these everyday habits, you can enjoy clear drains and a heavier pocket of cash!
Allowing the Drain Stoppers to Clog
If you have already taken the preventative measure of using drain stoppers, then that's great. However, you also have to take things one step further and make sure that you actually clear those out. While drain stoppers are excellent at preventing hair and various other debris from getting into the pipes, over time, the debris will accumulate into the stopper and the stopper will no longer be useful. In some cases, that debris may create its own clog in the stopper. To ensure that you don't need to call a professional, simply clear out the stopper once a week or so.
Rinsing the Wrong Items in the Sink
You can easily accidentally rinse the wrong items down your kitchen drain. For instance, if you are cooking with butter, fat, or grease, these types of substances may accidentally get rinsed down the drain while you are cleaning the pots and pans after dinner. Unfortunately, these substances can accumulate inside of your drain pipes and result in a substantial clog that can create a serious backup that often only professionals are able to resolve. Rather than rinsing these substances away in the sink, collect them in a jar or piece of foil that can later be disposed of in the garbage can.
Flushing Improper Items
It is not at all uncommon for individuals to flush items like baby wipes or hygiene products down the toilet. However, that doesn't mean that it should be done. In fact, these items are not designed to disintegrate when flushed down the pipes, and when they do not break down completely, they will become lodged inside of your plumbing, creating significant issues. Professionals recommend only flushing human waste as well as toilet paper. If there are young children in the house, you may want to invest in a toilet lock that will prevent toys and other objects from being flushed down the toilet.
For more information on how to protect your plumbing system from stubborn, unnecessary clogs, contact a professional plumber in your area.