7 Tips for Keeping the Drains Clear

7 Tips for Keeping the Drains Clear

As a homeowner regular maintenance and the care of your home falls squarely on your shoulders.  There are few things less pleasant to deal with than plumbing issues.  The last thing you want to deal with are blocked drains, it’s pretty much that whatever is clogging your drains is going to be yucky to remove.  Calling in a plumber to deal with it is expensive, especially if it ends up being an emergency.  Ask any plumber and they will tell you that more than 90% of the time the blockage is caused by some everyday item being where it isn’t supposed to be.  In other words you can prevent blocked drains.

Here are 7 Tips for keeping the drains clear and the water flowing.

Toys:  Every plumber ever has had to go to a client’s house and remove a toy from a drain.  Young kids will try and flush toys or leave them where they don’t belong.  You need to teach your kids where they can put toys and where they can’t.

Toilet Paper: Toilet paper is supposed to break down…in theory.  But that isn’t always the case, the expensive toilet paper that is really soft breaks down very slowly and with enough of it you can end up with clogged pipes.  You can change brands and discuss with the household how much is too much.  Small children who have just been trained tend to overuse the toilet paper.

Feminine Hygiene Products:  These were never meant to be flushed at all, they are meant to go into the trash.  Have a sealed trash can in your bathroom so that no one using them feels self-conscious about putting them in the trash and they get disposed of appropriately.

Hair:  This doesn’t mean you are losing your hair, in fact everyone loses hair in the shower.  If they aren’t treated then you end up with greasy, disgusting hair balls in the bathtub drain.  You can buy hair traps that keep hair from going down the drain and there are plenty of products on the market that will remove hair clogs from your drain.  Once a week or so cleaning out your drain will help keep it clog free.

Kitchen Grease: Bacon grease and leftover cooking oil don’t belong in your drains so don’t dump them down the sink.  You can dump them into an old coffee can and then throw them in the garbage instead.

Food:  Kitchen drains get blocked all the time from food that goes down the drain that isn’t supposed to.  Scrape excess food off of plates into the garbage and not into the sink.

Paint: Paint was never ever supposed to go down your drains, and in most municipalities dumping it like that is illegal.  Contact the city and find out where you can dispose of old paint.