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Should Drains Be Clogging This Frequently?

sunny-plumbersIf you find yourself asking a question about the frequency of drain clogs in your home, then chances are that you have drains clogging up far too frequently. We’re certainly not going to tell you that you should never encounter clogs in your drains. That would be great, of course, but even the most conscientious of homeowners are going to run into drain clogs from time to time. It’s just the nature of the beast.

However, there is a major difference between the occasional drain clog and extremely frequent clogs. And, if you are concerned about frequent clogs and are nervous about major underlying causes, here is a bit of good news—you’re probably contributing to them yourself. We know that doesn’t sound like good news, but it actually means that you can probably start to limit such problems with a few changes of habit. Here are some tips for avoiding drain clogs in Phoenix

You Need to Put Drain Covers in Your Sink

It does not matter how carefully you scrape your plates into the garbage or compost bucket. There is always going to be some food that gets stuck and left behind on the plate. And you know what? That is all going to wind up in the drain. It may not seem like much, but think about how many plates are going into your sink on a daily basis, and you’ll probably start to see the scope of the issue.

And really, there is no excuse for overlooking this step. It is one of the simplest, most effective ways to protect your drains, and you’re not going to be breaking the bank by buying some of those little drain covers. All in all, this is the starting point for drain clog prevention across the board. And it goes for the shower drain, too! Well, not the food part, but think about all that hair!

You Need to Use Your Garbage Disposal Responsibly

We really cannot stress this one enough. Too many homeowners seem to think that their garbage disposals can take whatever they can throw at them. This is not the case. Some very hard items, like fruit pits, can actually damage the disposal itself. Others, however, are going to lead to clogs.

We are mostly talking about starches in this case. Potatoes, beans, rice, pasta—if it’s something that really soaks up water when you cook it (think boiling) then chances are you should toss it elsewhere. Remember, there is water in your drains, and these items can swell up and cause clogs.

You Need Professional Drain Cleaning Sometimes

That’s not going to prevent clogs! That’s fixing clogs! Sure, but it’s also preventing more serious clogs from developing.

All too often, homeowners try to clear clogs on their own, don’t do a thorough job, and then wind up with more serious clogs on their hands. Don’t fall into this trap!

Schedule your drain services with The Sunny Plumber Phoenix. Bright and Shiny and Won’t Show Our Hiney.

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