Protect Your Drains

Sink drain stopper clogged with a disgusting mass of hair and grime.

Clogged drains can quickly lead to disaster when left untreated. To avoid the expense of line replacement it’s important to take careful care of your drain lines. There are a few items that find their way down our drains all too often and reek havoc on your plumbing. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to avoid problems.

Here is a list of the most common clog creators, and how to avoid them:

  • Grease: these days it can seem impossible to cook a meal without at least a little grease. Cleaning up a delicious greasy meal can be difficult enough without worrying about clogging your drains. Lucky for you, there is an easy way to keep the grease away from your sinks. While the grease is still hot pour it into some sort of jar. You can save the jar for future meals and then throw it out when its full. Follow up by wiping your pots or pans with a paper towel to make sure all the grease makes it to the trash where it belongs.
  • Coffee grounds: the worst mixture for drains is coffee grounds mixed with grease. When these two items merge they create a terrible sludge that is horrific to remove. You don’t just have to throw away your coffee grounds, however. You can put them to good use! Save them to add to your garden to help repel unwanted insects and stimulate plant growth.
  • Hair: Normally the fingers are pointed to all the women of the family, but you better believe the men are just as guilty. Shaving above the sink can worsen the buildup of debris in your drains. To help reduce the amount of hair finding its way down your drains here are a few tips to try.
    • Before jumping in the shower thoroughly brush your hair to remove any shedders.
    • Shave away from the sink if possible. If the mirror is directly above the sink, close the drain and wipe up the hairs before opening it back up.
    • Use a screen or drain gate in your shower to help catch any runaway hairs.
  • Soap Scum: this is one of the trickier substances. You can’t be expected to stop using soap in and around your drains. The only thing you can really do to prevent scrum is to use a drain gate or screen to at least stop some of it from causing problems in the drain.

On top of all these prevention methods, there are also a few things you can try periodically to help clear and flush your drains.

  • Hot water: hot water can help to flush oils down so they don’t have a chance to build up. You can run hot water in your sinks periodically to help prevent clogging.
  • Baking soda: run hot water as you sprinkle baking soda in your sink. Baking soda is a natural cleanser and deodorizer.
  • Vinegar: vinegar is also a great cleanser to help break down any buildup. Pour some down each drain and let it sit for a while before rinsing.

Even with the best tricks, drain clogging still happens. A Pro Plumbing is there for you when it inevitably happens to you. With our same day service availability, we will be there for you when you need it most. Call for a free estimate, or request an appointment online.