Are drain clogs something you just have to learn to live with? Homeowners often accept that they are, and keep a sink plunger handy to unplug blocked drains. If the clog is too thick, they call in a professional plumber to use a drain snake or hydro-jetter to fix the trouble.
Although there is no method to permanently eliminate drainpipe blocks (an object can always accidentally fall down a drain) there are ways to prevent them so they aren't common occurrences. With some help from a trained plumber, you can make your drains "clog resistant" which isn't "clog-proof," but it's much better than "clogs constantly."
Here are some tips from JD Service Now for keeping those drain blocks away.
- Don't pour fat, oil, or grease down kitchen drains: Kitchen drains encounter the most trouble with clogging because of the large amount of food that gets washed down them. No type of food waste causes more trouble than liquid F.O.G.: fat, oil, and grease. Although innocuous-looking in liquid form, these substances dry into thick, waxy substances that can choke off drains quicker than any other kind of deposit. Always pour these liquids into a separate container and remove them to a trash receptacle.
- Use drain covers in the bathrooms: Meanwhile, over in your bathrooms, your drains face a different enemy: hair and soap scum. Although there?s little you can do to stop both from getting into the water, you can place covers over the drains that will filter and prevent them from entering the drainpipes. An open drain is an invitation for all sorts of objects to fall down there as well, such as children?s toys and (yes, sorry to bring this up, but it happens) wedding rings.
- Install a water softener: If you noticed white, crusty residue on your faucets and fixtures, you may have hard water leaving mineral deposits in your pipes. This will start to close off drainpipes and make them prone to clogging. Installing a water softener will eliminate this threat and it will benefit all appliances connected to your plumbing, especially your water heater.
- Schedule professional drain cleaning: If you only call the plumber to your home to fix clogs after they happen, consider calling a plumber in as a pre-emptive move that will save you money in the long run. Comprehensive drain cleaning will clear out all the debris forming inside your drains and help keep the build-up from returning.
JD Service Now offers a whole range of plumbing services, from water softener and other water filtration installation to full drain cleaning in Durham, NC. You don't have to suffer from constantly blocked drains. Give us a call to learn more about how we can help you with drain cleaning in Durham, NC.