Many people don't think about the drains in their home until there is a problem. A completely clogged drain or a partially clogged drain can be very frustrating to deal with. One of the best things you can do is be proactive to prevent clogged drains from occurring. Doing a few easy things can ensure that your drains stay clear and work properly. Use the following tips to maintain your drains and prevent clogs:
Place Mesh Screens Over Drains
Mesh screens are very affordable and can be purchased at any home improvement store. When you have mesh screens in place, the water can still flow through and drain, but items that can potentially clog your drain will be caught. Mesh screens are easy to remove when needed so they can be cleaned.
Brush Hair Prior to Showering
One of the biggest culprits of clogged shower or bathtub drains is hair. When hair, soap, shampoo, and conditioner go down the drain, a big clog can form quickly. If you do not have a mesh screen in place in your shower, make sure that you thoroughly brush your hair prior to washing it. Doing this can remove any loose strands of hair prior to showering, so the hair won't end up going down your drain.
Stop Relying on the Garbage Disposal
While it is okay to use the garbage disposal on occasion, doing so regularly can result in fats and grease going down the drain and coating the pipes. Over time, build-up from food that is dumped down the drain and into the garbage disposal can build up and cause a big clog. Make it a point to throw solid food away in the trash prior to doing the dishes to help minimize that amount of stuff that enters your drain.
Invest in a Quality Plunger and Auger
When small clogs form, a plunger or an auger can typically break up the clog quickly. Having these items on hand can help ensure that small issues are taken care of before they become big problems.
Use an Enzyme Cleaner
As most plumbers will tell you, chemical drain cleaners are not recommended because they can damage pipes. Instead, regularly use an enzyme drain cleaner to help keep your pipes clear of clogs. Enzyme drain cleaners are completely natural, so you don't have to worry about corrosion or any other type of damage. The enzymes in the cleaner will break down any items or build-up inside pipes.
Keeping your home's plumbing system in good working order is a family job. Have you taught your kids what should never be flushed down the toilets or poured down the drains? Do your kids know what to watch for to know that there is a plumbing problem that needs to be addressed? If your kids know what to look for, they will be less likely to contribute to making a minor plumbing problem more serious. This blog will show you things that you should teach your kids so that everyone can work together to protect the entire plumbing system in your home.