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How Do I Prevent Drain Clogs?

Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to prevent drain clogs. First, we’ll start with the basics:

  1. Be Mindful
    The first thing you can do to prevent drain clogs is to be mindful of what you put down your drain. Washing coffee grounds down the sink or flushing diapers tend to be the most common causes of plumbing clogs.
  2. Use Drain Grate
    If you are getting multiple clogs a month and do not have a drain grate, it might be time to get one. Above all drain grates are perfect for preventing larger chunks of food from going down your sink drain. This will prevent a build up that could cause a problem later on down the road.
  3. No Cooking Grease
    Cooking grease is terrible to put down your drain! It can coat your pipes over time and slowly cause a backup. Furthermore, a good alternative to washing grease down the sink is to save it in a can. After you have dripped it into an empty can, simply freeze it and throw it away.
  4. Run Hot Water Through
    Additionally, running hot water through your sink after each use will prevent clogs. However, don’t leave the sink on too long! It could end up costing you on your water bill. If you want to spice this trick up a bit, throw a little baking soda down the drain as well.
  5. Vinegar
    Likewise, letting some vinegar sit inside your drain for a half hour should help. Just be sure to wash it out with warm water! Doing this usually tends to do the trick.

If you’re already to the point of having a nasty clog, here is a quick guide on unclogging drains.

How to Unclog a Drain

Clogged drains can be quite the nuisance, especially if they are chronic. When chronic clogs occur, it sometimes seems you must clear the same drain multiple times a day. This leaves you puzzled, frustrated, and just when you feel like the problem is gone once and for all, it comes back even worse.

Brothers Plumbing & Air Conditioning know how you feel and don’t want you to feel swamped when dealing with stubborn pipe congestion. As a homeowner, you have a few options available that may save you in time, money, and water damage:

Chemical Drain Cleaners

Drain cleaners can be very effective when done in small to moderate doses. The chemicals can do wonders for your pipe system by keeping it clear and getting rid of small buildups.

However, if the blockage is severe enough, the chemical compounds can rebound and possibly bring contaminated water into your sink or shower. These chemicals can be harmful if ingested or sprayed into the eye and should be used very sparingly. If you decide to go with this option, you can find chemical drain cleaners at supermarkets and department stores. If you can’t find any chemical cleaners and you’re in a hurry, some baking soda and vinegar can help as well.

Plungers

There are two different types of plungers. Plungers that have a wide opening made for shower and tub drains, and plungers that are made longer with a narrower opening are made to unclog toilets. If you wish to get the maximum effect for your efforts, you should use the appropriate tool for the mechanism that is plugged up. To use a plunger properly, press it over the drain hole to create a seal. After the seal is made, pull up and down on the handle as swiftly as you can. This will create a suction that will remove any blockages in the pipe.

Wire Clothes-hanger

This option is an excellent for getting hair buildup out of shower and tub drains. If you’re not familiar, you need to take the stopper off of the drain, straighten the hanger, and move it through the pipe until you hit the blockage.

Then, if you twist the hanger in a circular motion, you should snag the blockage with the end of the wire. At that point, you need to bring the blockage back to you to remove it. Use caution when pushing the wire in or pulling it out, as you could damage in the inner part of your sink or pipes.

Sometimes a simple dose of chemical cleaner or makeshift tool isn’t enough to quell a particularly bad backup. At the end of the day, we recommend contacting a licensed plumber to remove any drain blockages that are considered more severe. At Brothers Plumbing & Air Conditioning, we can have a technician out there that day to assess and diagnose your plumbing situation. Give us a call at 623 – 232 – 0731!