I don’t know bout you, but I hate plunging, and clogs are inconvenient. Preventing blockages can’t guarantee that you won’t ever need a plumbing repair, but it does mean you should expect fewer blockages and hassles. It will also assist in keeping your drainage system in good operating order for longer.
The best part of the tips I’ve put together in this blog is that you won’t need to spend any money on expensive products. In reality, the best ways any homeowner can avoid blockages are free to do and can save you a lot of money. Here are my suggestions for fast and easy ways to protect your sinks and baths from clogging.
Don’t Flush Foods
It may sound obvious, but when I say “no food,” I mean no food. Grease, grease, oil, coffee grounds, meat, bones, eggshells, and grain shells may all clog up the drain in your kitchen sink. If you own and use your garbage disposal, you know it breaks down and flushes most meals down the drain, but don’t rely on it too much.
Only use the garbage disposal roughly once a day. Never run grease, coffee grinds, or oil through your garbage disposal. They’ll cover the insides of your pipes and build up, gathering other debris that would otherwise wash down the pipes and cause a blockage.
Flush Pipes With Hot Water
While most of us avoid putting grease and oils from foods and cooking down our drains, it’s impossible to ensure that none goes down. To avoid grime build-ups in your plumbing, you should regularly flush your pipes with boiling water. At least once a week, allow your hot water tap to run in each sink in your home to help wash away any grime that has started building up.
As an extra tip, you can pour in some household cleaning baking soda to help break down anything there. Baking soda also helps to eliminate bad odors in drains and pipes.
Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners
Acidic characteristics are included in the majority of chemical de-clogging products. Although these chemicals can clear your drain, their acid will erode your pipes. Corrosion causes particles of piping material to scrape away from the inner walls and migrate down the pipe.
These specks might get stuck and cause a blockage. Because pipe walls aren’t thick enough to sustain the pressure of the water, corroded pipes leak more easily. Clogs are inconvenient but rarely permanent. Pipe replacement is significantly more expensive than de-clogging, so avoid using commercial cleaners and instead try some homemade cleansers.
Use and Clean Drain Stoppers
Non-liquid objects cannot enter the drain and become clogged if a grate, drain stopper, or screen is installed over the opening in your sink. Food, hair, and dirt cannot get through the grate; however, water may easily pass through. Remember that most grates and stoppers do not catch hazardous substances like oil or grease.
After purchasing a drain stopper, be careful to clean it. If a grate collects a lot of dirt, it might pose a health danger. Put detachable grates so you may use them over various sink plugs. Grates are simple, low-cost, and readily available at local hardware stores.
Only Use Your Garbage Disposal With Cold Water
While utilizing the disposal, a continual stream of cold water should be flowing. The disposal uses this current to carry water through the disposal and pipelines. Using the disposal without flowing water is ineffective and may cause system damage, and hot water pressure often isn’t as effective at pushing debris down the disposal and the pipes. Turn on the cold water and let it run for a few seconds before using the disposal.
Following these suggestions religiously will drastically reduce the frequency with which your drains block. If they become clogged, it’s usually advisable to contact a professional for assistance.