Tips To Keep Your San Diego Drains From Getting Clogged
Clogged drains can arise for a variety of reasons, but there is a lot you can do to avoid them. Keeping your home’s drains clear is one of the most effective strategies to prevent plumbing problems. Most people don’t think about what they put down the drain or into the garbage disposal until there’s a problem with water.
Here are some drain clog tips to help keep your drain pipes clear and avoid possible plumbing emergencies.
- Avoid putting grease in the drain or garbage disposal. Oil is slick when it enters the water, but once it heats up further down the drain line, it hardens into a lard-like substance that can clog one’s drain lines. The same goes for eggshells and other food crusts (think of all that gooey stuff stuck between the layers of those crusts).
Greases also include cooking oils like olive oil, peanut oil, sesame oil, etc., and butterfat from meat products. If you have to put these things down the drain, try first pouring hot water over them first, then drain them.
- Flush your drain or garbage disposal regularly with lots of water. This ensures you don’t have any debris buildup in there that could cause a clog. Use plenty of hot water to make sure grease and food particles are well rinsed out before it goes down the drain line, too.
You can also use a drain cleaner to get it clean if necessary. If you use a drain cleaner, be careful when using it around young children and pets to become injured by its fumes. Also, make sure you don’t mix drain cleaners because this makes them far more toxic than either product alone is on its own!
- Avoid pouring too many things into the drain at once, like oil, grease, food scraps, etc. This is why drain cleaners were created in the first place; even though they’re expensive and not environmentally friendly to use, sometimes you have no choice if your drain is heavily clogged otherwise.
- When appliances are no longer usable or valuable, make sure you drain them thoroughly. Especially before discarding them so that harmful chemicals don’t leak out anywhere else in your home when their residue mixes with water elsewhere down your drain line from any other drain leaks elsewhere in the house.
If disposing of a fridge or freezer, it’s important to leave both doors open for a while after draining them to make sure the drain lines are evident and dry before disposing of them.
Your drains will have a minor clog and odors emitted from your pipes if you take preventive and routine measures. If a clog or obstruction does occur, please get in touch with us to assist you in resolving the problem. Call 1st Response Plumber in San Diego today at (858) 203-0930, and we’ll come out and help you to find out what’s causing your drain issues!