While you may need to hire a plumber under the best of circumstances, you can take proactive measures to make sure that your drains stay free of clogs. After all, many plumbing calls are to clear out clogged pipes that could have been kept clear with a few simple steps. Although none of these tips will help you in an emergency, follow this advice proactively to keep your drains clear of clogs (and perhaps prevent a visit from the plumber):
Some things should never go down the drain. Many, many kitchen sinks are clogged from common food items. Grease, coffee grounds and other food items are common culprits of clogged drains in the kitchen. Here are a few tips to help you dispose of these items properly:
One of the simplest ways you can prevent clogs in the kitchen and bathroom is to use a sink strainer. These simple items prevent objects from going down the drain and clogging it. For the kitchen, a larger-holed strainer will likely do the trick. Consider a combination strainer and plug to make doing the dishes even easier. In the bathroom, think about getting a finer mesh strainer to keep the drain hair and soap scum free.
You don’t need to use chemical cleaners to help your pipes stay clog-free. Try running hot water down them occasionally to help any grease that’s in them liquify. If you’re so inclined, you could even boil some water to flush your pipes out. While it’s not a total fix for an already clogged drain, it can help maintain clog-free drains.
Preventing a clog doesn’t have to be a challenge. With a little prevention, you’ll be able to keep your pipes clear and free. Before you spend hours unclogging your drain and calling a plumbing professional, try stopping these issues in the first place with these tips.