There are many factors that can lead to a blocked drain . Fortunately, there are also ways to prevent these troublesome clogs. Maintaining a clean drain and clearing small clogs when they first present themselves are great ways to avoid dealing with serious drain blockage problems. Here is a guide to keeping your sink and shower drains clear:
- Clear Hair and Grease Traps
Every time you take a shower, at least a few hairs get caught in the drain’s hair trap and begin to create a clog. Similarly, grease and other food products can clog a kitchen sink. Removing hair and grease after each use can help prevent the most common clogs.
- Use Simple Cleaning Products
Some simple homemade cleaning agents can greatly help to reduce, prevent, or remove clogs. In the shower or sink, a mixture of vinegar and baking soda will help to break up some of the material that may be stuck in your drain. Grease that has made its way past a grease trap can be loosened and flushed with hot saltwater.
- Avoid Flushing Debris
Many clogs happen when people flush material that does not belong in the drain. Trying to flush the smaller hair clogs past your hair trap or sending food down the drain in your kitchen sink without a garbage disposal can lead to serious blockages. Try to drain only soap and water and throw anything else in the garbage.
- Stop Clogs Early
Small clogs can usually be cleared up easily, so pay attention to signs of a small clog and catch it early. This will save you the trouble of trying to release a more serious blockage at the cost of more time, money, and effort in the future. When you first notice the signs of a clogged drain, take action immediately. Use some of the above tips or call a reliable plumbing service to take care of the problem.
If your showers, sinks, or toilets are not flushing properly, call All Plumbing, Inc. at (571) 451-2971 today. We have provided excellent emergency and scheduled plumbing services in Northern Virginia for over 30 years. Contact us online for more information or to schedule an appointment.