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How to Prevent Clogs in Your Drains

clogged drain

Drain clogs are the primary causes of plumbing backups in residential properties. This common plumbing issue is a source of frustration for many people.

There are several reasons for your drain clog. One reason is hair, food, and other debris get trapped in the drain and stop water from flowing. Another reason is soap and detergents accumulate on the inside of the drain.

Whether a drain clog is caused by human error or accident, the effects of a blocked drain are expensive. There are five things you can do to prevent clogs in your drains.

Clear Your Drain With Hot Water

Your kitchen sink is susceptible to clogging because there are so many items that can get stuck in the drain. From food particles to cooking oil, your drain is bombarded with items that can prevent water from flowing through the pipes.

You can prevent clogged drains in your kitchen by running hot water in your sink after each use. This action will loosen any oil that is sitting in your drain.

Use Your Toilet for Flushable Items

Although it might be normal for you to flush hair and other forms of trash in the toilet, refrain from doing so. Your toilet was designed to only flush toilet paper, flushable wipes, and excrement. Other items should be thrown in the trash.

Many toilets are not able to dissolve things like paper towels and napkins quickly enough to prevent a drain clog. Unless a box states that the product is flushable, find another way to dispose of it.

Use a Drain Strainer

A garbage disposal system is a useful modern convenience. However, there are some items that may get trapped in your system and clog your drain.

Buy a drain strainer to put in your sink. This handy device fits right into the hole of your sink. It catches food that has the potential to get trapped in your sink.

Keep These Items Away From Your Drains

There are many products that seem to be harmless to your drain. Looks can be deceiving. This is a list of items that should never get into your drain.

  • Cotton Balls
  • Feminine Products
  • Trees and Leaves
  • Soap Scum and Particles
  • Dirt
  • Dental Floss

Inspect and Maintain Your Home Plumbing System

Despite your best efforts, there may be times when debris gets into your drain through no fault of your own. You can prevent plumbing backups from taking you by surprise. For this reason, it is a good idea to get regular maintenance on your plumbing system.

Contact a certified plumbing professional at 4 Star Plumbing Services. Our friendly professionals can clean and inspect your drains. We have efficient technology, such as drain cameras, that will determine the exact cause of your problem. For more information about our services, we invite you to call 954-776-9888 to schedule an appointment today.

Sean Hasle

Sean Hasle is a third-generation plumber, serving the South Florida area with his family. He is a licensed plumbing, underground utility, and fire contractor.

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