It feels like slow drains and clogged pipes happen at the worst possible times. If ignored, problems can grow and require larger repairs. Many people have the “out of sight, out of mind” mentality when thinking about their drains. However, constantly pouring the wrong things down your drain, like grease, will cause clogging that won’t easily wash off.
Let’s prevent any complications with our drains by taking steps to prevent clogged drains. After your drains are cleaned, there are steps you can take to make drain cleaning easier later.
Take Preventative Measures With Your Garbage Disposal
Cold water is your best friend regarding drain cleaning. It makes it harder for food particles to latch onto the inside of your pipes. Be sure to flush your kitchen drain with cold water before, during, and after you use your garbage disposal. This will help any remnants of food that go through your pipes to travel more smoothly.
Pour Grease In An Empty Can, Not Your Drain
Drain cleaning is made much tougher when grease is clogging your pipes. Once grease latches on to the inside of your pipes, it can create a nasty mess. So instead of pouring grease down your sink’s drain, get a used can from your recycling in and dump the grease in there instead. You can discard the can once the grease has hardened.
Be Careful What You Flush
Did you know that “flushable” wipes and feminine products aren’t actually flushable? Also remember that human waste and toilet paper are only meant to be flushed down your toilet. Flushing the wrong items can make drain cleaning a much greater pain. Make sure you’re aware of what can and cannot be flushed.
Invest In Sink Strainers For Your Kitchen And Bathroom Drains
A sink strainer helps with drain cleaning significantly. It is a device that helps to keep unwanted particles such as food, hair, and other objects out of your drain. Sink strainers don’t have to be limited to kitchens either. It is recommended that you use a sink strainer for your bathroom as well. This is an especially good idea if you bathe a pet in your bathtub because there will surely be plenty of hair that could get caught in your drains otherwise.
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