Clogged drains are frustrating and can even lead to major water damage if they become completely stopped up and a sink, toilet or bathtub overflows. Clogged drains cannot be prevented entirely, but there are many things you can do to reduce the likelihood of having a clogged drain. Just like other household things, regular maintenance is key to keeping everything running as it should.
Here are some tips on how to reduce clogged drains around your home:
- Bathroom drains: It is understandable that bathroom drains get clogged over time. We wash down hair, skin particles and dirt all the time. This mixes with soap scum and binds itself to the walls of the pipes in your shower and sink. Routine cleaning of both your shower and sink, as well as cleaning out the drains regularly can usually prevent any major issues from developing.
- Toilets: A clogged toilet might be the worst scenario of all. An overflowing toilet can cause water damage, but it can also be a health hazard. The best way to keep your toilet working normally is to never allow anyone to flush anything besides toilet paper. Common causes of toilet clogs include feminine hygiene products, baby wipes, dental floss, and cotton swabs. Regular cleaning of the toilet can also help.
- Kitchen sink: The kitchen sink’s biggest challenge is grease. Grease is a liquid when it is hot, but as soon as it cools, it becomes a solid. If that happens inside your pipes, you are bound to end up with a clogged drain. Instead of washing grease down the sink, allow it to solidify and throw it away.
Even with careful maintenance and regular cleaning, clogged drains happen. If they do, contact a professional plumber to help you solve the problem safely, efficiently and without damaging your pipes.