March 15, 2019 by

Our Roto-Rooter plumbers get calls for clogged drains in Victorville, Hesperia or Apple Valley homes almost every day. They are some of the most common calls we receive and it’s no surprise: most businesses and homeowners rely on their drains without giving them too much thought. But ignoring them can lead to drainage system damage.

Luckily, our team has a few tips that can help you keep your plumbing in shape and minimize costly repairs and clogs.

Flush Your Drains with Hot Water

Lots of the materials that clog your sinks aren’t solids to begin with. For example, conditioners for your hair and grease from food might seem like they will easily travel through your piping, but they can solidify and create clogs. One solution for substances like this is to flush your drains with hot water once daily. But never flush hot water down your toilet, as the porcelain it’s made of isn’t designed to handle piping-hot and can crack.

Don’t Let Hair Go Down the Drain

Hair plays a major role in clogged drains in showers and sinks. It easily gets caught in the piping and causes a pretty gross mess that eventually causes the flow of water to come to a complete halt. Prevent hair from ever entering your piping by purchasing a “hair catcher” from your local hardware store.

Watch What You Send Down the Kitchen Sink

Most of us are guilty of treating our kitchen sink as a garbage disposal, but they’re more sensitive than we think. If you find that your kitchen sink is getting clogged often, you’re probably putting things down it that belong in the trash.

Never put these items down your kitchen sink:

  • Grease
  • Coffee grounds
  • Eggshells
  • Pasta or rice
  • Pits or seeds from fruits and vegetables
  • Anything stringy (sweet potatoes, dental floss)

Consider Bio-Clean

If you’re experiencing frequent clogs and don’t want to call a plumber just yet, try Bio-Clean. This environmentally-friendly product is an alternative to the chemical-laden products that are commonly used for drain cleaning. Not only does it unclog drains, but it also prevents clogs from manifesting in the first place.

If you’re having problems with piping clogs and can’t seem to fix them, contact our Victorville, Hesperia or Apple Valley plumbers today. The Roto-Rooter team has years of experience in the field and is available any time of the day, week, or year. Contact us today for more information or to book an appointment.