One of the most common types of plumbing repairs is clearing a clogged drain. A clogged drain can be a nightmare. Not only do they seem to happen at the most inopportune times, but can also be time-consuming and expensive to repair. The good news is that when you know how drains get clogged in the first place, you can take the necessary steps to prevent clogging. Here are 5 simple ways to help keep your drains clog free:
Clean and Inspect Regularly
Drain cleaning isn't typically something you may think of when doing your routine house cleaning, but one of the most important steps in preventing plumbing repairs for a clogged drain is keeping the drains clean. Basically, when you are mindful about what you put down the drains, you shouldn't have to clean the debris from them very often; maybe once a month. But, it is essential that you regularly check the drains, especially in the kitchen sink and the bathtub, to ensure there isn't a buildup of grease, soap, and hair.
Brush Your Hair
Plumbing repairs for clogged drains are often due to a buildup of hair in the shower drain. One of the easiest ways to keep the shower drain clean and free from buildup is to brush your hair immediately before getting in the shower or bath. This will help to remove most of your loose hair, so the hair gets caught in the brush, rather than going down the drain.
Bath Pets Outside
When the weather permits, it's best to bathe your pets outside. When the weather is too cold to bathe them outside, place a mesh screen or cloth over the shower drain to catch the excess hair and toss the hair in the garbage later. Using a wash tub to bath pets is also a great way to avoid the risk of washing pet hair down the drain because you can simply empty the water outside when you're done.
Use a Mesh Screen
Placing mesh screens over the drains, especially in the bathtub and kitchen sink, will help to catch hair, food and other gunk. Mesh screens are one of the simplest, yet most effective things you can do to prevent clogged drains. Remember to check the mesh screens occasional to ensure they're still in good condition and replace them when necessary.
Use a Garbage Can
Toilets, sinks and even the garbage disposal are not meant to be used a garbage can. You should avoid putting leftover food, grease and large amounts of soap in the toilet or sink. The drains aren't built to accommodate the size and composition of many items that put down drains on a regular basis. When using the garbage disposal only put foods (in small quantities) that are easily broken down and always run the water when using the garbage disposal.
Accidents happen, so there are times when clogs happen, no matter how hard you try to avoid them. Whether it's due to accidentally dropping something down the sink, too much toilet paper got flushed or grease was poured down the drain while cleaning up-things happen. Addressing small clogs on your own can save time and money on the cost of a plumber, but for serious clogs, it is highly recommended that you contact a professional plumber. Trying to clean a serious clog on your own may cause more damage and end up costing you more in plumbing repairs than if you would have gone ahead and contacted a professional.