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Plumber Tips: Avoid Clogged Drains

Clogged DrainAlthough Anderson Plumbing, Heating and Air is available for 24/7 emergency plumbing repair service, we’d rather you not endure the headache and expense of clogged drains or an emergency drain cleaning situation. So here are a few tips to keep your drains running free and clear:

Kitchen Sinks

An in-sink garbage disposal is indispensable for keeping your kitchen drains clear; if you don’t have one, we can install one for you. If you do have one, keep it in good working order.

Tips for Using Your In-Sink Garbage Disposal

  1. Clear out the sink before turning it on so that you can ensure that no small utensils or metal trash (such as bottle caps) have fallen below the flange. Run water in the sink while the disposal is on.
  2. Scrape waste from plates into the trash can or compost bin before rinsing plates and putting them in the dishwasher (or hand washing them). Never pour grease down the drain.

Helpful Tip: A neat method of disposing of grease is to pour it into a cup lined with foil. (Be careful; hot grease burns!) When the grease has cooled and hardened, lift out the foil and throw the whole ball away.

  1. Don’t let dishes pile up so that dishrags get shoved down the disposal. Always check to make sure it is clear before turning it on.


Always supervise young children in the bathroom so that they don’t get creative with toys in the toilet. Train them on how much toilet paper to use, and keep a good toilet plunger in a storage closet nearby.

Bathroom Sink/Tub/Shower Drains

Tips for Keeping Your Drains Clog-Free

  1. Don’t let hair get down into the sink. Brush it away, vacuum it up or wipe it up with a paper towel and throw it away.
  2. Use toothpaste, soap and other gel products neatly and sparingly. Too much can collect around a few strands of hair to create a clog in the drain.
  3. If you must use a plunger, don’t use the toilet plunger; use one made for sinks.
  4. In the tub or shower, use a mesh drain cover to collect hair before it goes down the drain, and clean it out frequently.
  5. If possible, bathe the dog with a hose outside and not in your master bathtub.

We hope that helps! Despite all of your precautions, if you do need a San Diego plumber, don’t hesitate to contact us.