Okay, you’ve done the dishes. Now that that’s out of the way, you can go kick back, relax, grab a beverage of your choosing, and spend some more quality time with your family and/or your guests. There’s only one problem.
The sink is not draining.
Or, at least, it is not draining properly. What could have led to this? What cruel twist of fate has thrown this wrench into the gears of your night? Well, we hate to tell you this, but the problem could very well be one of your own making. In fact, many instances, if not the majority, of clogged drains are the result of user error. You cannot always avoid them, but by being a bit more careful and keeping the following tips in mind, you can definitely keep the issue of clogged drains in Phoenix, AZ to a minimum.
So read on and, if you do run into clogged drains in your home, do not hesitate to give a member of our team a call.
Did You Put the Guards in the Drain?
Yes, those little, flimsy drain guards are still your best defense against frequent issues with clogged drains. No, you cannot take them out to clean them, forget to put them back in the sink, and then claim ignorance as to why your drains are clogged up. Just because food scraps and waste are small enough to get down the drain doesn’t mean that they’ll make it all the way through the drain, after all.
For just a few dollars you can get enough guards for every drain in your home. Keeping them in place, and cleaning them out regularly to prevent their own clogs and foul odors, will help to minimize the risk of clogged drains in your home. Even that is not enough for a full-fledged guarantee, unfortunately.
Did You Drain Off Fats, Oils, And Grease?
Or, as we in the biz call it, FOG? If you have not been doing so, well, your clogged drains are really not much of a surprise. You see, these liquid fats are only liquids when they are hot. That is where the trouble starts, because the interior of your pipes is not hot.
When FOG enters your drains, it will cool down. Then it will start to congeal. Then it will start to trap other items that make their way into drains, leading to potentially serious clogs. By pouring them off in a can and freezing them for easy disposal, you avoid such problems.
Are You Cleaning Up After Shaving and Showering?
Whether you shave your legs in the tub, your face over the sink, or lose some hair from up top when showering, a very common cause of clogged drains is such hair clogging them up! Keeping the aforementioned drain guards in place is a great place to start in terms of preventing clogs, but more can be done.
Brush your hair out to remove loose strands before showering. Clean your whiskers out of the basin before running the water. It’s simple stuff, but can prevent a number of service calls.