“Prevention is better than cure” is a quote you have heard multiple times. The statement doesn’t just apply to medicine but other industries such as plumbing. However, in plumbing, a better statement is “prevention is better than expensive repairs and time-consuming clean ups”. Clogged drains are a prevailing occurrence in any household. There are certain solutions for blocked drains and sinks, but it’s so much better if you’re able to prevent it. Follow the guide in this article to learn more on avoiding clogged drains.
Place a Strainer or Stopper onto the Drain
It can be difficult to be consciously aware on what you’re flushing down the drain every single time, especially in the kitchen. You may be too busy preparing food or washing items that you immediately throw anything into the drain. Of course, the food waste and other trash can gather into the drain linings and cause clogs. To prevent this from happening, you can just install a strainer/stopper on the drain opening.
The strainer/stopper acts as a blockade for solid waste and only allows liquid to enter the drain. It’s a simple, efficient, and low-cost method in preventing clogged drains. Be sure to clean the strainer/stopper every two weeks since the food particles and other residue can still stick on its linings. If the strainer/stopper isn’t cleaned, the drain is still prone to clogs. One last important thing before we move on; avoid pouring oil and grease into the drains. At first, these substances might be in liquid form, but it will stick at your pipe linings and harden–causing clogs in the process.
Pouring Hot Water
Little do people know that hot water can actually help maintain drains and avoid clogging. It’s quite simple; just pour boiling water into the drain once a week. The purpose of this is to liquefy grease, soap solutions, and other liquid mixtures that might stick and block the pathway of the drain. This is a far better solution than using toxic chemical drain cleaners. Be careful in pouring the hot water. Do it slowly to avoid the danger of spilling and splashing hot water to your skin.
Let a Plumber Examine the Drain System Semi Annually
Sometimes there are drainage problems that can’t be easily detected until major damage or clear warning signs are visible. It’s your best interest to bring in a plumber to inspect the drainage system as well as the pipelines of your plumbing system. The inspection can be done once per year or every six months.
Having a clog-free drain doesn’t mean you can leave the drains without any cleaning. It’s important to clean the drains on a regular basis. There’s a chance that soap and food residue are slowly accumulating. One of the methods in cleaning drains was already mentioned earlier, which is pouring hot water. The other method is this; plug the drain and fill the sink with water. After that, haul the plug and let the water run through the pipes.