How to Prevent Clogged Drains This Summer

There are few things more irritating than a clogged drain. It can lead to unclean sinks or showers, potential odor issues and unnecessary costs if you need a plumber to unclog it. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent drain clogs and minimize those issues. With some easy proactive steps, you can greatly reduce the risk of clogs in your kitchen and bathroom drains. Below are a few tips to consider:

Rinse your drains regularly.

Perhaps the easiest step you can take is to simply clean your drains on a regular basis. That’s especially true of your kitchen sink after meals. To rinse your drains, run hot water down the drain for a couple of minutes to prevent grease or hair buildup. Once a week, you may want to take it a step further by pouring a half cup of baking soda down the drain. Follow that with a half cup of vinegar and then rinse it with boiling water. This mixture will knock out stubborn grease and other clogs.

Remove debris from bathtub drains.

Bathtub drains can clog easily because so much hair, dirt and other debris are washed away during baths and showers. Regularly check the stopper, and the area around the drain for hair, which is one of the biggest clog culprits. Also, fill your bathtub nearly to the top and then pull the stopper. The force of the water draining may be enough to flush any potential clogs.

Get an annual plumbing checkup.

Finally, you may find it worthwhile to invest in an annual checkup from your plumber. They can snake your drains and eliminate any developing clogs. They also may identify potential larger issues, like septic tank problems, or tree roots threatening your water lines. It’s often more cost effective and affordable to tackle these issues in advance rather than after damage has occurred.

Drain clogs are an annoyance, but they can also be prevented easily. Take these steps on a regular basis and you should minimize much of your clog risk. Your local plumber can also help you clear current clogs and prevent future ones.


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