Preventing Clogged Drains and Other Plumbing Issues

If you own a home, chances are you have had to have a clogged drain cleared by a professional plumber at one point or another.  Areas of your home, such as the kitchen and bathroom, are points where materials regularly enter the plumbing system and can become trapped.  SSI’s plumbing company services regularly handle such clogs and are always available to you should you encounter a problem that can not be solved with simple measures. 

How can you avoid some of these clogs and the expense associated with having them cleared?  Here are a few simple tips you can follow to help avoid clogged drains in various parts of your home:

  1. Shower and Tub Drains and Bathroom Sinks:  Bathrooms have a number of drains that are entry points for soap residue, shaving cream, hair, and other debris.  While you cannot keep all these products and materials out of the drain, you can try to minimize how much enters.  Use a good strainer over a shower or bathtub drain and clean it regularly.  Run hot water (up to 140 degrees) from your faucet down the drain once a week.  Hot water can help clear drains of some of the oily products that can contribute to clogging.  Lift up pop-up stoppers in sinks and tubs and remove hair or debris that has collected there before it creates a larger clog in the drainpipes.
  1. Kitchen Sinks and Disposals:  A disposal is a convenient kitchen appliance that most people use on a daily basis.  However, having a disposal does not mean that anything can or should go down your kitchen drain.  Avoid rinsing oil or grease down the drain that will, over time, build up and cause difficult to remove clogs.  Certain foods such as popcorn kernels, coffee grounds, meat fats, and fibrous foods like cornhusks or celery, should not be put down the disposal. 
  1. Toilets:  Toilets are one of the most easily clogged areas of the home.  Avoid flushing anything that isn’t meant to go down the toilet.  This includes hand wipes or moist-towelettes, diapers, sanitary products, paper towels, latex products, dental floss, Band-Aids and cotton balls.   These items should always go in a trashcan.  Of course, using a moderate amount of toilet paper is always advised.  If you have a septic system, be sure to use paper products that are septic safe. 

Of course, clogs can happen no matter how careful you are.  When they do, SSI’s skilled professionals are only a phone call away at (703) 968-0606 to help you get your drains in working order.

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