Avoiding a Clogged Drain

Guest post by Pipetech Plumbing & Rooter, LLC

A clogged drain is no fun to deal with, especially when the backup is bad enough that it requires the services of a professional plumber. There are any number of factors that can cause drains to clog, and many of the most common causes can be avoided by taking proper care.

The best way to tackle drain clogs is to keep them from happening in the first place. Treating your plumbing system with our eco-fresh drain treatment on a regular basis will help you avoid clogs. In addition, the treatment will keep your drains odor free.

Also, if you want to prevent this drain clogs, it helps to learn a little more about the common causes of drain blockages.

In the Bathroom

The most common causes of clogged drains in the bathroom are the result of hair, soap scum and toothpaste. When hair binds with soap, it’s the perfect storm for a nasty clog that won’t come loose easily. A great way to avoid these clogs is to run plenty of water down the drains when you use soap and brush your teeth. You can also consider installing a hair guard in the tub drain and using our drain treatment.

If you have kids, you’ve probably had to deal with some toilet clogs as the result of foreign objects being flushed down the toilet. Think toys, towels and almost any other item you can think of. Adults also cause plenty of toilet clogs by flushing items such as dental floss and Q-tips down the toilet.

In the Kitchen

Grease and fat are sure to clog drains over time. It’s no wonder the garbage disposal is the source of so many problems. Too many people simply assume you can put anything you want down the garbage disposal and forget about it.

Yet, this is far from the case. In fact, plenty of things that seem safe to run through the garbage disposal could cause your drains to clog.

• Fruit and vegetable peels
• Grease, oil and fat
• Pasta and rice
• Egg shells
• Bones
• Coffee grounds

Sewer Clogs

Sewer backups can be the result of several issues, from debris being flushed to tree and plant roots rupturing the system. If you are experiencing a sewer clog, it’s a good idea to call in a professional plumber to help. Plumbers have specialized cameras that can see inside your pipes to find and diagnose the source of the clog.

Be Vigilant to Avoid Clogs

Now that you know some of the most common causes of clogged drains, it’s important to remain diligent when it comes to keeping your pipes flowing. Install hair blockers in the shower, use our drain treatment on a regular basis, and be careful about the items you stick in the garbage disposal or flush down the toilet.

A few easy adjustments can save you a lot of headache down the road. When you do need to call a plumber, make sure to choose a contractor that is licensed, bonded and insured. That way, you’ll know all the work is guaranteed and that you are dealing with a reputable company. Check out this informative infographic to get a better idea of what’s clogging your drains and why it is happening.