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Preventing And Clearing Clogged Drains

Clogged drains can be a real frustrationYou’re brushing your teeth and you turn on the faucet. It’s not draining and starts to back up. Here’s the problem; do you spit and let it sit or run to the kitchen? One thing is for sure; having clogged drains can be a major annoyance.

Clogged drains not only frustrate homeowners but they can be hard on your plumbing. The added pressure they create puts stress on your pipes and can shorten their lifespan.

So end the issue by following the guidelines below.

How to Prevent Clogged Drains and Clear Ones You Already Have.

No Food Down The Drain

Even if you have a disposal, it’s not good for your pipes to have sticky, mushy food shoved through them. Peel vegetables and scrape plates into the trashcan.

Also, avoid pouring grease down the drain. Animal fat can congeal into a solid and form a blockage. Instead, store it in a sealable container in the freezer. Once it’s full, trash it!

Only Toilet Paper In The Toilets

All feminine hygiene products should be thrown away, because most don’t dissolve quickly enough and can cause a backup. And be sure to secure toilet lids from curious children, because you have to admit that it is pretty fun to watch almost anything go “bye-bye” down the funnel that holds all that water.

Hair Today, Problem Tomorrow

Don’t wash loose hair down the drain. Collect it and throw it away after your shower. If you shed a lot, it might be beneficial to install drain screens to catch loose hair and make it easy to dispose. Be sure to clean these out every few weeks.

Chemicals Should Be Used With Caution

Be wary about using chemical drain cleaners on clogged drains. They can erode cast-iron pipes and usually don’t remove an entire clog, so it can easily recur. You should consider hiring a professional plumber to snake your drains; or better yet, buy your own augur at the hardware store for about $15.

Homeowners can be hard on their drains. From hair to food, clogged drains are a time-consuming frustration that might cost you big time. Treat your plumbing with a little TLC and it’ll reward you by quickly removing water and waste from your sight!

Check here for more helpful tips on periodic home maintenance. Contact Brown and Reaves Services for any plumbing problems you can’t solve on your own. 843-497-9867 or Contact Us Here.

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