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Helpful Tips To Reduce Drain Clogs

Every home in Savannah deals with a drain clog from time to time. And while it might not appear to be a big deal, any clog has the potential to flood your home with dirty water. And some could result in raw sewage contaminating your house. So taking these issues more seriously and working to avoid any future clogs is the smart way to prevent costly plumbing repairs and expenses to correct water damage and decontamination. These tips will help avoid nasty clogs and the mess accompanying them.

No Grease Or Oil Down The Drain

It is very easy to dump used cooking oil and grease down the drain when washing cookware. However, that is the last thing you want to do if you are concerned about drain clogs. That grease or oil will coat the inside of the drain line and dry into a sticky residue that smells awful. Soon you will notice a foul smell coming from the drain and water sitting in the sink longer than usual. The sticky residue traps food waste and debris to create a nasty clog. Pour used grease and oil in a can or jar to be placed in the trash can to eliminate the potential issues.

An Affordable Tool

Mesh drain screens cost about a dollar each and can save you thousands of dollars in drain clearing expenses and water damage repairs. These small items sit in the sink and tub drains to capture any bits and pieces of debris, food waste, hair, or other offending items that might be headed for your home’s drains. Then, remove the screen and empty it into a trash can as needed, and know you have avoided many potential clogs for a few bucks and seconds required to clean the screens.

The One Toilet Rule

All plumbers have the same one rule when it comes to proper toilet use. Never flush anything but toilet paper and human waste. That means no flushable wipes, tissues, napkins, cotton balls, hair, or other debris. And never toss waste from a litter box in the toilet. All of these items are sure to create clogs that could fill your home with raw sewage.

Preventative Measures That Work

You can help keep your drains smelling fresh and reduce the sticky residue with a simple cleaning using a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar. Let the bubbles loosen the scum and freshen the pipes for about 15 minutes, then flush with hot water. The most important preventative step you can take is an annual professional drain cleaning. This process uses a water jet to blast away clogs and scrub the inside of all the drain pipes. With the clogs and residue gone, you should have no worries of drain clogs or floods in your home for the year.

Call (912) 236-3333 to schedule a professional drain cleaning with the Thompson and Thompson experts. This eco-friendly cleaning process is safe for you, your drain line, and the environment because it uses no caustic chemicals, only pure water.

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