Drain clogs are the number one reason that most Savannah residents call a plumber. But, unfortunately, they almost always wait until the drain line is completely blocked and threatening to flood their home with filthy water or even raw sewage. And as soon as the lines are cleared, thanks to a professional drain cleaning and clog removal, the homeowner wants to know why they seem to have constant issues with drain clogs. And the answer is typically the same. Most homeowners are not careful about what does down the drains in their homes.
Kitchen Sink Clogs
Most homeowners think that their garbage disposal can chew up and spit out just about anything they cram down the sink drain. But the fact is that garbage disposals were never designed to be a substitute for your garbage can. Instead, these devices were made to grind up the tiny bits of food waste rinsed from dishes, not the huge pieces of rubbish you should be in the trash can.
So the disposal becomes clogged with massive pieces of food that sour, stink, and start to rot inside the canister. Soon, that food waste washes down the drain to create some significant clogs. The best way to prevent a kitchen sink clog is to place a mesh screen over the drain to capture solid waste.
Bathroom Sink Clogs
Bathroom sinks face a lot of loose hairs, beard trimmings, bits of toothpaste and soap, as well as oily beauty products. As that goopy mixture washes down the drain, it coats the drain line and begins to snag even more debris. Once again, this drain was only designed to handle water, so all these solids will create an issue. Placing a small mesh screen over the drain is the best and most affordable way to avoid inconvenient drain clogs.
Tub And Shower Clogs
Shower and tub drains see all the hair and soap waste of a sink drain but on a larger scale. Brush your hair before showering to remove as many loose hairs a possible. And rinse the drain with hot water after using oily bathing products, shampoos, and conditioners. Finally, place a mesh screen in this drain to capture all the debris that has no business washing into your home’s drain lines.
Toilets are not a miracle machine. They are meant to handle human waste and toilet paper only. Throwing scraps of trash, dental floss, hair, paper towels, napkin, or feminine hygiene items in the toilet is a sure way to create a tough clog. Unfortunately, there are no substitutes for TP. Even the wipes that are sometimes called flushable are not suitable for your home’s drain lines. So avoid flushing anything but human waste and TP to eliminate those nasty toilet clogs.
If you have a drain that is slow to clear, call (912) 236-3333 to schedule an appointment for a professional drain cleaning with the Thompson and Thompson pros before you are faced with a flood of dirty water.