How to Avoid Clogged Drains

Posted on: February 28th, 2019 by Derek Barmer No Comments

How To Avoid Clogged Drains

Let’s talk about your pipes and any potential problems you may be having! Do you have a sink that’s taking especially long to drain? How about a bathtub that stays filled with water after you give your kids a bath? It’s so easy to often throw anything down the kitchen drain, and sometimes it’s easy to forget what all should go down your bathroom sink as well! So let’s discuss how to avoid clogged drains!

First let’s take a look at the most commonly used room in your home: the kitchen. Families often gather here for conversation and meals throughout the day. Out of all the appliances in your kitchen, the sink is one of the appliances that is used the most. Because you use this appliance the most, it’s even more important that your kitchen sink is functioning properly and efficiently. Even though you may be tempted to throw certain items down the drain when you’re in a rush, consider the time it will take to have your drain fixed. Here are the potential drain clogging items that you should avoid putting down your sink:

  •  If you spend lots of time baking in your kitchen, then you are most likely using flour as a primary ingredient. This ingredient is a culprit when it comes to clogging your kitchen sink, so scrape as much out into the trash before washing the bowls in the sink.
  • Anything that expands when it gets wet should never be put down the drain! A couple examples of expandable foods are corn kernels and chia seeds.
  • Not only should you refrain from putting expandable foods down the drain, but also anything that hardens. Solids and fats will turn hard if they sit for a while. This can be a problem if the oil or fat hardens once it’s in the pipes.
  • If you’re a big coffee drinker, then this point is for you! Instead of putting any coffee grounds down the sink, throw them in the trash can instead.
  • You’ll certainly want to avoid putting bones of any kind down your drain because they will destroy your disposal system!
  • If you use eggs shells for making omelets or for baking, it may have become a habit to toss these down your disposal system. Over time, these egg shells do damage on your disposal system because they make the blades dull. If you avoid tossing these items down your kitchen sink, your drain and disposal system will function optimally and you won’t have to worry about unnecessary wear and tear or damage caused.

Now let’s take a look at the bathroom drains that can get clogged and evaluate ways to prevent this from happening:

  •  Your bathroom tub and shower drains can easily get clogged by hair and soap or small objects that may slip down the drain. To avoid this from happening, you can get a strainer that will catch all the hair and any items from slipping down the drain.
  • If there are clogs in some of your drains that are far enough and out of reach from cleaning, they could slow down other drains over time. So it’s especially important to make sure to remove as much as the debris with gloved hands or even a wire hanger!

If you avoid putting these harmful items down the kitchen sink, it’ll allow your drain to work properly and serve its purpose. Call Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical to fix any problems with existing clogged pipes. We can extract what you can’t.  While we’re out there we’ll also check on your water heater, drain pipes, exposed hot and cold water lines and ventilation systems!

Give us a call today Call to schedule your appointment today at 800-461-3010.

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