4 Easy Tips to Prevent Stoppages in Your Home

Posted on: May 12, 2014

Drain stoppages in your home are frustrating and sometimes extremely difficult to unclog on your own.  A clogged drain is often slow to start, gradually growing worse over time, but in some cases they can occur suddenly. Regardless of how they begin, these can become a huge hassle for your home and family, especially in one bathroom houses.
This is why it is so important for you to prevent stoppages before they occur.  Luckily there are several ways to do this, that, while not all pleasant, are easy to do and will keep the drains in your bay area residence blockage free.

  • Clean out your drains.  Even with strainers, your sinks and showers can build up hair and soap scum which slowly stops the water from draining.  Luckily this is often an easy fix for homeowners.  You’ll need to unscrew the strainer, and using either a bent wire or pair of needle nose pliers, reach down inside to pull out the blockage.  While it is messy, it can make a world of difference, and also save you money.
  • Don’t flush anything that isn’t toilet safe.  Toilets are one of the most abused plumbing fixtures in modern homes.  The only thing that should ever go down the toilet is approved toilet tissue.  Cotton swabs, paper towels, and other unapproved home paper products are one of the largest causes of residential stoppages.
  • Avoid chemical cleaners.  Harsh chemical drain cleaners should be used sparingly to not at all.  These chemicals can not only cause metal pipes to corrode but are also bad for the environment.  If your sink is clogged, try pouring boiling water down the drain. This will melt soap scum and grease, often releasing the clog.
  • Never pour grease down the drain. Even if you have a garbage disposal, you should never discard grease or animal fats by dumping them down sink.  These can solidify in the pipes, building up over time, and slowly narrow the passage.  These insoluble fats don’t only cause problems for your own home; businesses cannot dispose of grease in this manner either, due to the possibility of main city lines becoming blocked.

Also, if your kitchen sink does not have a garbage disposal, ensure that you scrape all leftover food into the trash before washing, to prevent stoppages.
If none of the above tips fix the clogged drain in your home, then it is probably time to call a professional plumber from the Clearwater, St. Petersburg, or Tampa area for assistance. Call us at 727-755-0399 for 24/7 services today!