Clogged drains are one of the most common plumbing issues, and they can be a real nuisance when it comes to maintaining your quality of life in the household (have you ever tried to do the dishes in a sink that wouldn’t drain?). Fortunately, it is easy to avoid this all-too common problem if you take the right precautionary measures. Here are some tips for how to prevent clogged drains.
Use drain screens. The simplest way you can keep drain-clogging materials from going downstream is to use a drain screen. A drain screen is simply a plastic or metal strainer that you place over your drain. Clean your drain screens regularly to maintain proper drain flow.
Boiling water. Even if you use drain screens, soap scum and mildew can build up underneath your stopper and in your drain, eventually causing clogs. An easy way to combat this kind of buildup in your drain is to pour a pot of boiling water down each of your drains once a week.
Watch what you put down your drain. It goes without saying that things like hair and food remnants can go a long way in clogging your drain – and fast. But did you know that you should NEVER pour hot grease down a drain? When hot grease cools off, it hardens, and it is all too easy for that hardened grease to stick to your plumbing pipes and clog your drain. Additionally, be wary of drain cleaning chemicals; they can erode your pipes over time and cause more serious issues than a clogged drain.