We’d like to take a few minutes to talk drains. Let's be honest: how often do you pay attention to all the drains in your home? For most, it’s probably not often enough. Many homeowners only consider their drains when a significant clog or issues occur; it’s natural.
However, being mindful of your plumbing habits can save you from the constant need to unclog your drains and prevent a major problem in the future.
Five Key Ways to Maintain Your Drains
1. Invest in Guards
A simple shower guard (to catch shedding hair) or a kitchen sink guard (to trap food particles) are the first steps in the drain care equation. These nifty little tools are cheap, easy to use, and help prevent some nasty sludge and grime from getting stuck further down the drain (yuck!).
2. Run Some Hot Water
Every so often, it’s never a bad idea to flush your sink drains with hot water for a few minutes. Doing so can wash away buildup — instead of it getting stuck to the sides of your pipes, ultimately leading to a clog.
Pro tip: if you do plan on cleaning your drains yourself, opt for green, natural enzyme cleaners.
3. Watch What You Flush
We might sound like a broken record, but you should only flush toilet paper and bodily waste — nothing else. Don’t let those flushable wipes fool you; the label might insist they are safe, but the fact of the matter is that they do not breakdown quickly and eventually build-up, leading to a toilet clog. And here’s a tip - to avoid toilet paper altogether (and go for a more luxurious upgrade), consider having a washlet or bidet installed in your home.
For more on the benefits of these modern and convenient devices, read: The Benefits of Owning a Toilet Seat That Acts Likes Bidet.
4. Watch What You Pour
Cooking grease and fat should always be disposed of in the garbage can — never down the sink. The grease and fat will adhere to the inside of your drain creating a build-up that will eventually clog your drain. And, if you do have a garbage disposal, be mindful of how you use it, too. Try to avoid placing large pieces down it and prevent any stringy or fibrous foods. Just keep in mind: if the food item can swell with water, it will most likely do the same in your pipes — which ultimately leads to a plumbing disaster.
5. Get a Professional Clearing
If you do notice your drain is slowly draining, gurgling, or suddenly has a strange odor — it’s time to consider getting a professional drain clearing. Our expert team will spot the main issue and fix it in no time, so your drains will flow with ease again!
Plumbing and HVAC Services in San Diego
Whether you are looking for a drain-clearing, hydrojet cleaning, repair or replacement - or just want to keep your drain system working at its best, the professionals at Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air are here to help! Call (866) 374-0402 to request an appointment today! Emergency service available 24/7, 365 days a year.