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How to Prevent Clogged Drains

A lot of people put little thought into their drains until they have their first clogged drain. After that, a clogged drain becomes something they want to avoid. But not all people understand how plumbing works, or what substances in particular lead to stubborn drain clogs. For instance, a lot of people are clueless about kitchen drains, even if they have a garbage disposal.

Unwittingly, people will put potato peels, celery, egg shells, rice, pasta, coffee grinds, chicken and fish bones, and “gasp,” grease down the garbage disposal, without realizing that all of these things should be thrown in the garbage, NOT down the garbage disposal. Except grease of course, that should be poured into a glass jar, then thrown in the trash.

Don’t even get us started on the toilet! For some reason, people tend to think that it’s the cleanest, safest way to dispose of cotton balls, baby wipes, tissues, paper towels, cat litter, feminine products, dirty mop water, dirt that is swept up from the floor, liquor bottles, Q-tips, and all kinds of trash – but none of these things should ever be flushed down!

Good Habits Prevent Clogged Drains

The good news is that by establishing good habits, people can do a lot to prevent clogged drains. That means they save the hassle and headache of clogged drains, and they save money in the process. So, let’s start with the kitchen. If you don’t have a garbage disposal, don’t wash any food or coffee grinds down the drain, especially grease. Grease is a major culprit behind clogged drains.

If you do have a garbage disposal, still don’t put grease down the drain. Also, don’t put any of the foods we mentioned above. When you do grind up “safe” food scraps, be sure to run the cold water as you do it. If you don’t run enough cold water, food can get trapped in the drain instead of being washed down.

In the Bathroom

In the bathroom, follow these tips, especially if you have a Rapunzel or two in the house:

  • Clean out sink stoppers often.
  • Use small screen covers to catch hair and small debris. They can be purchased at most superstores, like Walmart.
  • On a weekly basis, pour boiling hot water down the drains to dissolve grease and soap scum before they buildup and clog your pipes.
  • If your home runs on a septic system, have it inspected every two years.

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