Clogged drains can be a headache, and it’s the most common plumbing issue in the average home. Water that is backed up puts unwanted pressure on plumbing pipes, which stresses the pipes, and can shorten their lifespan.
When you have a clogged drain, it’s easy to run out and buy chemical-clearing products, however they often do more harm than good. The chemicals can erode cast-iron drainpipes. Additionally, once you start using the products, it’s easy to continue, and it doesn’t always remove the entire clog. Instead, preventive care can take care of many of the drain issues in your home.
Help reduce pipe clogs with preventive care
- Be mindful of what you put down your drains
- Prevent food scraps from going down kitchen drains
- Watch that hair and other debris does not travel down bathroom drains
- Be sure nothing goes into toilets other than sewage and toilet paper – most everything else goes to the trash
- Install screens over drains in bathtubs and showers to catch hair and prevent buildups
- Clean food from dishes before doing dishes
- A minimal amount of food should go into the disposal. Learn which foods should not go into the disposal
- Careful not to pour liquid grease down the drain. Dispose of grease in a sealed container and place it in the trash once it cools. Grease is liquid when hot, and it’s an ‘artery clogger’ in the drain.
‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’.
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