How to Avoid Clogged Drains

Is there one plumbing problem that bugs you the most?  We ask our customers that all the time.  The runaway “favorite”? A clogged drain or toilet.

There are several reasons for dreading it.  One, a clogged drain or toilet temporarily puts that fixture out of commission, assuming your DIY efforts don’t bear fruit.  Even if they do, it can be a messy and sometimes icky job. And what if you discover a drain line is broken and needs to be repaired or replaced? Now it’s a bigger-than-normal expense, too.

Are there ways to prevent clogged drain problems?  You bet there are, and here are just a few:

  1. Use a drain screen
    Hair and soap scum are virtually guaranteed to clog your tub or shower drain without regular cleaning
  2. Don’t pour grease down the drain
    Once your cooking is done, pour the FOG (fat, oil or grease) into an empty coffee can – or similar container – and place it in your trash. Otherwise the grease will harden inside your drain, eventually causing a formidable blockage.
  3. No fibrous foods, either
    Your drains HATE celery, soft cooked vegetable, celery, and other fibrous foods because they can’t grind them out. That’s why it’s better to toss them in the trash.
  4. Clean your sink and tub stoppers
    Pop-up stoppers collect hair soap scum, and other sink and tub debris. Left untouched long enough, and you have yet another likely drain problem on your hands.
  5. Pour boiling water down the drain
    No one’s perfect in the drain maintenance department, especially in homes with multiple family members. So, to make up for past sins, simply pour a pan of boiling water down your drains to remove whatever’s stuck to the inside of the pipes.
  6. Some things don’t flush

Your toilet is meant to receive human waste and toilet paper.  That’s is.  So, encourage your kids to keep their toys, socks, and your jewelry out.

No matter how diligent you are, clogged drains can and often do happen.  If it happens to you, contact Pann Home Services for prompt and professional service.  We’ll get the problem solved, starting with a guaranteed price quote.