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    Tips for Preventing and Removing Clogs

    February 6, 2018


    There are a few things that are worse than having a blocked drain. They can cause some major problems and even lead to expensive repairs. So here are some ways that you can prevent a clogged drain in your home. Then we will talk about how to get rid of clogs.

    If You Don’t Have a Disposal

    • Don’t let food go down your drain. Use a strainer in the kitchen sink so that the food is kept out. This will help with preventing clogs in your drain.
    • Don’t ever pour oil or grease down the drain. Rather, you should pour your grease into a container that you can seal and throw that container into your trash. If you don’t do this, the grease can become stuck in the pipes and cause it to be clogged.
    • Pour boiling water down into the sink each week so that you are melting any grease or fat that could have collected in the pipes. Make sure that you are pouring it slowly so that it won’t splash.

    If You Have a Disposal

    • Don’t put certain kinds of food in the disposal. Some of the problem foods are coffee grounds, potato skins, eggshells, and banana peels. These are sticky and thick foods and they don’t grind very well in a garbage disposal.
    • Make sure you’re running a cold stream of water anytime you’re running the garbage disposal. The water flow is going to carry your waste completely through your drainage system.

    In Your Bathroom

    • In your bathroom’s tub and sink, clean your drain stoppers regularly. Gunk such as soap scum and hair often collect on the tub and sink stoppers so that drainage is slowed.
    • Don’t flush any heavy paper items down your toilet. Using a lot of paper can lead to your toilet or your entire sewer system clogging.

    GENERAL TIPS

    • You want to keep some drain cleaner in your home and handy so when a clog does happen you can tackle it. It is also good to keep some build-up remover in the house so that you can use it in the drains each month.
    • Think about putting drain screens in your home’s drains. These are going to fit over your drain openings so that hair, soap scum, food and other types of gunk won’t be able to get into the drain. These can be found at bath or hardware stores.
    • Don’t dump paint thinner or paint into your drains.
    • If your home has a septic tank, it should be professionally inspected every 2 to 3 years. There are some regions where regular inspection’s required. Check with the health board in your area and find out what the community rules are. Also, be sure that you are having the tank regularly professionally pumped. There are also septic treatments that you can buy at the store so that you can help with preventing problems.

    Now that we know how to prevent clogs, let’s look and see what you can do if you get a clog.

    • Baking Soda & Vinegar – Mix 1/3 cup baking soda and 1/3 cup vinegar inside your measuring cup. It’s going to immediately fizz, and you want to then pour it into your clogged drain. That fizzing is going to help with removing the hair, grime, and gunk that is built up in your pipe. Allow it to sit for 60 minutes or overnight if possible. Use hot water for flushing it. You also can put baking soda that is dry into your drain and pour vinegar into it.
    • Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum – If you’re lucky enough to have one of these, it’s great for unclogging drains. First, you want to set it for vacuuming liquids. Then cover your vent so that a mess is prevented. Next, you want to create a really tight seal over your drain. With your vacuum turned to the highest setting, it’s very powerful and it can draw that clog into your pipe and the bag. This doesn’t work all the time, but you can try it and see if it will work.
    • Boiling Water – It was mentioned above that you can use it for preventing clogs. It also can be used for clogs. Boil a great amount of water and then pour it slowly into your drain in 2-3 stages. You should let it do its work for a few seconds in between pours. This usually will be the quickest and easiest way that you can unclog your drain.
    • Caustic Soda – Get eye protection and rubber gloves. This can cause some really nasty burns and it can be purchased at a hardware store. Pour ¾ gallon cold water in your mop bucket and add 3 cups caustic soda. Then stir it using a spoon made of wood. It’s going to start fizzing and heating up. Then pour that into your clogged drain, leaving it for 20 to 30 minutes. Use boiling water for flushing your drain. If necessary, repeat the procedure.
    • Baking Soda & Salt – Mix together ½ cup table salt and ½ cup baking soda, then pour it into your blocked drain. Allow it to sit 10 to 20 minutes before pouring boiling water into your sink. The mixture is going to make a reaction which can help with dissolving really nasty blocks.
    • Dish Detergent – When you have a clogged toilet, it’s a good idea to pour ¼ cup dish detergent into the bowl. You want to then boil water. That dish soap is going to act like a lubricant as well as help with breaking up greasy residue. After that, pour your boiling water in and prepare to begin plunging. If that doesn’t work, you might need some rubber gloves.

    These are the things that you can do to help with getting rid of a clog. But the best thing that you can do is to help with preventing them as we mentioned above. If you are looking for a way to help prevent major problems in your plumbing and to get rid of clogs, these tips will help you.

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