Clogged drains are among the most common plumbing troubles that can quickly escalate into a plumbing emergency. They need not be an issue though, because a few precautions with what you put down any of your drains or how you treat your plumbing can prevent a number of serious problems and, more importantly, expensive repairs in the future. Here are a few things to keep in mind in order to make sure you have fewer plumbing problems than you need to.
Careful With Garbage
Always make a careful distinction between what belongs in the garbage and what you can flush down the toilet. This is because a number of products simply aren’t going to break down in your septic system. Your pipes are all connected and a blockage at one end can cause a series of mishaps at the other. If you want to dispose of pre-moistened wipes, paper towels or poor quality baby wipes by flushing them, please use the garbage bin instead, and save yourself from the inevitable trouble of dealing with a clogged drain or sink.
Foods Can Cause Damage
Not everything needs to be shoved down the kitchen sink. Even something as seemingly innocent as cooking fat can cause clogged drains or sinks because of lard sticking to the sides of pipes. When it cools, it starts to harden, which makes the pipes narrower, promptly increasing the chances of other materials quickly clogging the sink. This is probably why the most common clogging occurs in kitchen sinks.
A few things easily purchased off the rack at your local hardware store can help with clogged sinks or drains, at least to some extent. Try using a manual plunger, for example, or a plastic stick for the pipe of your shower drain to remove any hair that may be the cause of clogging.
Sink Or Drain Plumbing Experts
The team of experts at Roto-Rooter High Desert has taken care of clogged drains, sinks and drain plumbing for years. Find out more about our services, or get in touch for a free estimate of costs related to specific plumbing needs.