How to Prevent Clogged Drains

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It's always an unwelcome and unpleasant experience when one of your drains backs up and leaves you with a mess. There are a lot of products on the market designed to remedy clogged drains, but it would be ideal to avoid the problem altogether. Not many people think ahead to prevent clogged drains; but there are several ways you can keep water running through your pipes smoothly. Read on to learn more.

  • Pour cooking grease into used cans. Grease is highly detrimental to your pipes because it settles along their sides and acts as a trap for discarded food bits. In time, the accumulation of particles causes the drain to clog.

  • Flush your disposal. If your plumbing is equipped with a garbage disposal, be sure to run cold water liberally to move the food grindings through your pipes. If you don't run enough water each time you use your disposal, the food can become stuck to the sides of the pipes and turn into a clog.

  • Boil some water to keep the pipes clear. Either weekly or monthly, boil a tea kettle of water and pour it down every sink in your house. Use one kettle for each sink to dislodge grease or soap.

  • Clean stoppers regularly. Once a week, remove all sink stoppers and pop-up stoppers and wash and rinse them thoroughly. Stoppers are prime places for loose hair to get stuck and clog the drain.

  • Make it a habit to flush only products marked "flushable" down the toilet. Never flush large or heavy-duty paper products down the toilet. Not adhering to this rule can cause the whole sewer system to back up, or the toilet to clog at the very least. Make a trash can available for non-flushable stuff and empty it often.

  • Install strainers over all kitchen and bathroom drains to prevent hair, soap and food bits from getting into the pipes and clogging the drains. Just be sure to keep the strainers clean.

  • Recognize an oncoming clog. When you notice your drains are running slowly, it's time to take action. Use a plunger to remove or dislodge the buildup before it becomes more of a problem.

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