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Clogged drains can cause a whole lot more problems than slow-draining sinks and gurgling sounds. Neglecting your drains can lead to water and sewage backups as well as leaking sewer lines. The good news is that there is a lot you can do to reduce the risks of clogged drains and keep the drains clean all year long. Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Blair County is here with some tips on how to do that. We are also at your service with professional drain cleaning. Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Blair County to schedule your flexible appointment.
Install Drain Screens
If you want to reduce the risk of clogged drains, then the idea is to restrict what goes in the drains. Install drain screens or drain grates to prevent soap scum, hairs, food scraps, and other debris from getting into the drains.
Install a Garbage Disposal
Food scraps including eggshells, bones, pasta, bread, and fruit peels are common culprits when it comes to clogs in kitchen drains. Install a garbage disposal to break down any foods that get into the kitchen drains. A garbage disposal does not provide full coverage though. Having a garbage disposal installation does not mean it is okay to toss food scraps into the kitchen sink. You should still toss out food scraps into the kitchen sink or compost bin rather than the kitchen sink.
Can Used Fats, Oils, and Greases
Used fats, oils, and greases are liquid when they are hot, but they will quickly turn to a solid when they go down the drains. Hardened fats, oils, and greases can block the drain line and restrict flow. Instead, pour these used fats, oils, and greases into a can or disposable container to throw out later.
Careful What You Flush
Toilet clogs are a lot more common than we like. Worse, toilet clogs can end up exposing you to pathogens and bacteria as water and sewage backups flood the bathroom floor. So, be careful with what you flush down the toilets. The only things you should flush are toilet paper, pee, and poo. In fact, even multi-ply toilet paper can be risky. Toss hygiene products, kitty litter, paper towels, and everything else in the trash – not the toilet.
Brush Before You Shower
Many people handle their grooming in the shower. Brushing your hair in the shower can end up clogging your bathtub’s drains, however. Instead, brush your hair before you jump in the shower. This should minimize the number of hair strands flowing into the drains.
Rinse Your Drains
Get in the habit of rinsing drains with hot water after use. Take a bottle of dish soap and pour a few teaspoons’ worth down the drain. Then, flush it down with near-boiling water.
To keep those drains truly clean, you should schedule a professional drain cleaning once every year or two. Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Blair County is proud to offer hydro jetting drain cleaning assisted by live video technology to deliver safe and thorough results. Call now to schedule your flexible appointment.