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Simple Tips for Avoiding Clogged Drains

Drain-flowWhat is the first thing you think of when we ask you to name a very common plumbing problem? Chances are that most homeowners would come up with “clogged drains.” Clogged drains are indeed terribly annoying, and they are extremely common. However, clogged drains can be much more than annoying. In fact, they can actually lead to plumbing system damages, as well as property damages. This is why you should do everything that you can in order to prevent drain clogs from developing in the first place.

If you follow these simple tips, then you will be able to reduce the risk of encountering clogged drains in Queen Creek, FL. No, there is no way in which to guarantee that you will never encounter drain clogs in your home. Because most drain clogs are the result of human error, though, you can certainly take steps to reduce their frequency. If and when you do encounter clogs, well, we can help with that, too.

Use Drain Guards

This sounds very obvious, and it is! That doesn’t mean that all homeowners are vigilant in following this most simple bit of advice, though. Keeping drain guards in your drain openings is easily the most effective way to help keep materials that could cause clogs out of those drains to begin with. Prevention is the key here, and using these types of mesh strainers or sturdier metal guards is the first line of defense. Remember to take them out and clean them regularly, too.

Clean Out Your Whiskers

We’ve all been there. You’re running late for work, so you just shave in the shower. Or, you shave at the bathroom sink, and you wash your whiskers down the drain. Or, you are shaving your legs and let the hair go down the drain. Shaving into a (mostly) dry tub or sink is ideal, and makes it easy to wipe out the basin before you start running the water. Flushing whiskers and body hair down the drain may be more convenient at first, but once the drains back up, the bigger picture comes into play.

Run Your Garbage Disposal Properly

The garbage disposal is one of those appliances that may not be a complete necessity, but which nonetheless helps to ensure your life is much more convenient than it would otherwise be. Unfortunately, too many homeowners fail to keep the limitations of their garbage disposals in mind. If you are putting things like rice, pasta, or grease/fats down the disposal, for instance, you are asking for trouble. Fats cool and congeal, while rice and pasta can absorb water and lead to clogs.

Do You Have a Clog Already?

If so, then do yourself a favor and skip the over-the-counter drain cleaners and DIY snaking attempts. This is a job best left to the pros. Regular drain maintenance is a great way to keep your drains in outstanding operating condition. When clogs do develop, you can count on our plumbers to clean your drains thoroughly and effectively. The Sunny Plumber is happy to help.

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