Of all the problems that may strike a plumbing system, the clogged drain may not sound like the most serious. And it’s not, really. However, it is one of the most common—by a long shot—and it is also one of the most underestimated in terms of the trouble that it can cause. Make no mistake about it. While a ruptured water heater or main water line may cause pretty immediate damages, a clogged drain can definitely pose a threat to your plumbing system and your property over time.
The good news is that there are some very simple steps that you can take which will help you to prevent these clogs from forming in the first place. Of course, no amount of prevention is ever going to be 100% effective—you are going to encounter a clog at some point. These steps will keep the risk down, though, and we’re always here to provide professional drain cleaning in Cypress, TX when the need does arise.
What You Can Do to Limit the Risk of Clogged Drains
Just like AC maintenance is the best way to prevent the need for AC repairs, preemptive measures are the best way to avoid clogged drains. What type of measures are we talking about? The simplest one! Which, it just so happens, are also quite effective. Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll be able to enjoy a largely stress-free drainage experience.
- Drain covers. Simple? You bet. Obvious? Maybe. But that doesn’t mean that everyone is diligent in keeping a cover over their drains. Even the cheapest, flimsiest mesh drain covers are better than nothing. It should go without saying that keeping foreign objects out of your drains is the first and most important step in preventing clogs, so make sure you have covers over them all.
- FOG. No, we’re not talking about the fog that rolls through the valleys under the right weather conditions. We’re talking about Fat (F), Oil (O), and Grease (G). While these materials may all be liquid after you’ve cooked with them or rendered them out of foods, they can congeal in cool pipes and lead to serious clogs. Pour FOG off into containers like empty soup cans and toss it in the trash.
- Garbage Disposals. Or, rather, the misuse of garbage disposals. Yes, garbage disposals help you to cut down on trash that winds up in the landfill. There are certain materials that shouldn’t go down drains even if you do have a garbage disposal in place, though. The aforementioned FOG, definitely, as well as starchy foods like rice and pasta, which can expand when they get wet and lead to clogs.
- Toilets. Keep the flushables to a bare minimum in your home. Waste and toilet paper. That’s it. No sanitary napkins, no paper towels, no cat litter, and no baby wipes, no matter how flushable they claim to be! Play it safe with your toilet to avoid clogs deep in the sewer line that can lead to backups and even ruptures.
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