How to Prevent a Drain Clog 101

What’s the only thing better than receiving a speedy fix of your clogged drain? Never having to deal with one in the first place! Drain clogs are one of the most common plumbing problems a homeowner will face, but that doesn’t make them any less aggravating. Fortunately, clogs are one of the few completely preventable plumbing problems.

Respect your disposal.

Don’t let the word “garbage” fool you, a garbage disposal is anything but another trash can. No matter how tempting, a few things you should never throw down the disposal are:

  • Cooking grease.

  • Coffee grounds.

  • Fruit or vegetable skins.

  • Pasta

Always use a drain cover.

Wherever you have a drain, you should have a drain cover. These inexpensive, lightweight gadgets will catch anything you accidentally drop in your sink or bathtub, including tiny things like hair and soap scum.

Step away from the chemical cleaners.

People don’t realize that what they claim to love about chemical cleaners is actually what’s wrong with these mixtures. Chemical cleaners are harsh, too harsh. While they may eliminate a small clog quickly, they eat away at your pipes and can lead to even bigger problems.

Don’t wait until you have a major problem.

Even the best homeowner can’t prevent everything but water from making it down their drain. If you notice that your tub is taking a little longer to drain than usual, don’t ignore it. A simple mix of white vinegar and baking soda will eliminate the few things residing in your plumbing. Another way water runs smoothly through your plumbing is to schedule regular maintenance.

If you run into any problems with your home’s plumbing, heating or cooling, and prefer to forgo the DIY route, our technicians are here to help! Visit our website to learn more about the services that we offer here at Pipe Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc. or call (865) 518-7008 to speak with a representative directly.