Drain clogs are a widespread issue in the area and across the country. But the truth is that most drain clogs could easily be avoided if homeowners understood what they were doing wrong. However, many of the larger companies out there don\’t want to pass along any useful advice or tips that will eliminate their profitable clog removal business. But not all companies are that short-sighted and unethical. So keep these few tips in mind and know that you will be seeing far less of your plumber in the future.
- Keeping grease and oil out of your drains is essential in eliminating nasty clogs. The grease and oil stick to the inside of the drain line and dry to form a very sticky residue. Then any tiny particles that wash down the drain or out of your disposal become lodged in the residue and start to create a clog.
- Drain screens are the only way to keep stray bits of trash, food, soap, and hair from washing down the drain and contributing to the next clog that will flood your kitchen or bathroom. The tiny mesh screen sits over the drain opening and catches all the debris while still allowing the water to flow down the drain. Just empty the screen when it gets full, and you will be well on your way to eliminating future costly drain clogs.
- If you don\’t have a garbage disposal, then no food or waste should ever find its way into your drains. Scrape dishes into the trashcan to dispose of food waste and use a drain screen to capture the tiny particles.
- If you do have a garbage disposal, use it correctly. Never put peels, eggshells, coffee grounds, or fibrous veggies into the disposal. And only tiny bits of food should ever find their way to the disposal and then your drain. Wipe large food waste into the trashcan to avoid damage to the disposal and drain clogs.
- When you use your garbage disposal, be sure to run plenty of water to wash the debris completely through your home\’s drains and into the city sewer system to avoid future clogs.
- Never flush anything but toilet paper down the toilet. There are no other paper products that are suitable for the job. Only TP will disintegrate quickly enough to avoid creating a nasty clog in your home\’s sewer line. And never place plastic, trash, dental floss, or hair in the toilet. All of these will very quickly result in a nasty clog.
- Once a week, pour boiling water down your kitchen sink drain to melt and wash away any greasy residue that is forming. Flush the drain with additional hot water from the faucet for several minutes to ensure the residue is flushed out of your home\’s drains.
- Knowing when to call in a professional is essential. At the first sign of a leak, clog, or other issues with your plumbing, get help from the licensed plumbers at Thompson and Thompson. Our team of experts is here 24/7 to assist with any emergency that could damage your home.
With proper care and preventative services like annual professional drain cleanings and sewer line camera inspections, you can easily eliminate the costly and upsetting plumbing clogs that plague many homes. Call (912) 236-3333 to schedule a drain cleaning, sewer line inspection, or for any other plumbing service that you might need. We offer complete price quotes for every job. And when our work is completed, you have our industry best full parts and labor warranty for added peace of mind.