Do you have problems where you have drains in your home that are frequently clogged? If so, it will help to set some ground rules about what people in your home should be doing to prevent this from happening. Here are some tips to prevent clogged drains.
Watch What You Flush
A common problem with residential plumbing is when people think they can flush almost anything down the toilet. Baby wipes, paper towels, and feminine products can all cause big clogs down a drain, even if they have successfully been flushed in the past. Prevent this from happening by leaving toilet paper as the only thing in the bathroom that can be flushed. Even if you don't own a septic tank, use a septic tank-safe toilet paper that will break down much easier in water.
Avoid Putting Food Down A Kitchen Drain
If you happen to have a garbage disposal, you may think that the device allows you to put anything down the drain to get rid of it. However, this is not always true since some things are not good for your drain no matter how small the item breaks down after chopping it off. For example, coffee grinds can cause big clogs in a drain if they are poured directly down it. Fat and grease from cooking can also cause problems after they solidify under cold water.
Always Use Drain Drainers
It is a good idea to use drain strainers on all the drains in your home. They can help catch food before they go down the kitchen drain or catch hair before it goes down the bathtub drain. Nobody likes to empty the drain strainer, but it can help prevent major clogs from happening.
Be Proactive Against Tree Roots
Do you have tree roots that tend to get in your main sewer line? This is not something you want to wait to cause a clog in order to fix it. It is worth having your sewer line snaked annually to break up all the tree roots that made their way inside the pipe. This will keep the water flowing all year and prevent a nasty drain clog.
Avoid Liquid Drain Cleaners
Never resort to using a liquid drain cleaner to remove a clog in a drain. You're always better off trying a plunger since those harsh chemicals can damage the plumbing pipe of your home unintentionally. You could end up with chemicals stuck behind a clog that are eating away at an old pipe until it bursts.
A plumbing contractor can answer any other questions you have about preventing clogged drains.