How to Avoid the Five Most Common Causes of Clogged Drains


Clogged drains can quickly turn from a minor annoyance to an expensive plumbing issue. That’s why it’s so important to prevent drains clogs before they occur. Fortunately, avoiding the most common causes of blocked drains can be possible with the following tips.

1. Grease

While many people choose to dispose of grease by pouring it into their sinks, this practice is not recommended. Grease will harden within drains, thereby contributing to numerous clogs as grease accumulates. To prevent clogs from occuring, all cooking grease should be collected in an appropriate receptacle and disposed of using conventional methods (such as in the trash) once it hardens.

2. Paper

Many types of paper fail to properly disintegrate in water, despite prevailing popular opinion. As a result, paper can inhibit the flow of water and lead to further plumbing issues. When faced with more severe clogs involving paper, enlisting the help of professional plumbers may be required.

3. Food Remnants

Sinks without garbage disposals should not be used to dispose of any food remnants left on dishes. In this case, preventing leftover foods from clogging drains can be as simple as scraping off remnants into your garbage before placing dishes in the sink to be washed. For those with garbage disposals, care should still be taken when disposing certain types of food to ensure your disposal operates efficiently.

4. Hair

Hair can easily accumulate within one’s drain as a result of showering or grooming directly over a sink. Drain plugs will help reduce the amount of hair making its way into drains, which can cut back on troublesome clogs.

5. Bath Products

Some bath products, such as bath salts, can also contribute to clogged drains. Many products are not water-soluble, which means they can build up within drains after extended use. Be sure to only purchase those products that explicitly state they are water-soluble on the packaging.

Preventative Measures Are Crucial

Keeping your plumbing system in fine working order requires undertaking preventative measures to ensure functionality remains intact. Doing so will save homeowners both time and money in the long run.

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