How frequently do you clean your home? If you’re like most people, you probably clean your home on a regular basis. Unfortunately, the same isn’t true for drains. Even the neatest of people often ignore their drains. Over time, the debris in your drains causes trouble. It blocks the flow of water and results in leaky and broken pipes. To prevent serious plumbing issues, follow these tips, and call for drain cleaning services at the first sign of a clog.
1. Know the Importance of Drain Cleaning
The first step to cleaner drains is understanding the importance of drain cleaning. For one, clear drains limit your need for an Evanston plumber. Although there are various types of plumbing emergencies, most of those emergencies are caused by clogged pipes. By keeping your drains clean, you can prevent the need for repairs.
Drain cleaning also lengthens the life of your plumbing system. While your system won’t last forever, it could have an extended life. A little drain maintenance goes a long way.
Finally, your drain cleaning efforts can keep you from living in discomfort. If a clog stops your plumbing from working, you may not be able to use your bathroom or kitchen. Until a plumber removes the clog, you would be left without modern conveniences.
2. Throw Away Grease or Oil
After you cook a nice meal, what do you do with the grease or oil? If you pour it down your drain, you’re doing damage to your plumbing system. The grease might be liquid while you pour it down your pipes, but it will harden as it cools.
To prevent clogs, don’t allow grease or oil to go down your drain. When you cook, pour the grease into a container and let it cool. Then, throw the grease in the garbage.
3. Treat Your Drains to Hot Water
Every once in awhile, you might enjoy a dip in the hot tub. Why not give your drains the same treatment? Once every few months, boil up some hot water and pour it down your drains.
The water will loosen some debris that’s clinging to your pipes. If you have any congealed oil or grease in your drain, the water may loosen it up. It won’t remove stubborn clogs, but the water will help prevent major blockages.
4. Avoid Chemical Cleaners
The chemicals in over-the-counter drain cleaners are potent. Although this might be good news for clogs, it’s bad news for your pipes. Generally, drain cleaning products contain harsh chemicals. Those chemicals can do serious damage to your plumbing system. They’ll corrode and they can leak, leaving you in need of emergency plumbing repair.
Chemical cleaners are also hazardous to you. If the cleaners get on your skin or in your eyes, you could experience harm. Removing blockages is a job best left got the experts.
5. Try Using a Drain Snake
The next time you suspect a clog in your plumbing system, put away the plunger. Typically, a plunger isn’t enough to remove a clog. Unless a clog is near the drain, your plunger won’t do you much good.
Rather than let a clog continue to interrupt your water flow, try using a drain snake. Because a drain snake is small and flexible, it can work its way through your pipes. With it, you can get to hard-to-reach areas of your plumbing system.
Although a drain snake may seem like a solution to all of your drain problems, it’s not always safe to use. If you have old or corroded pipes, the snake can cause your pipes to rupture. One false move could destroy your plumbing system. To avoid damage, you should only work with a plumber that offers drain cleaning services.
6. Use Strainers in Your Drains
Your kitchen and bathroom drains are entryways into your home’s plumbing system. In the kitchen, skin from onions, pieces of cereal, and chunks of meat can go down your drain. If you don’t have a strainer, food particles will travel down your drain and into your plumbing system. Make sure the drain in your kitchen has a strainer.
Meanwhile, your bathroom drain also gets a lot of abuse. Soap scum and hair can get into your plumbing system and cause blockages. If you don’t want to experience frequent clogs, you should block off your drain with a strainer. Any time your strainers get full, empty them out in the garbage.
7. Be Cautious with the Garbage Disposal
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the garbage disposal is your best friend. In reality, your garbage disposal could cause major blockages in your pipes. Only certain items belong in your garbage disposal. If you put vegetable peels and fruit seeds down your disposal, you should be ready to experience some clogs.
Take the time to learn more about your garbage disposal. Find out what it can handle and what it can’t handle. If you’re cautious, you may be able to put off plumbing repairs.
8. Call Us for Drain Cleaning Services
In addition to following the tips above, you should also have an annual drain maintenance service. There are things that you can’t do on your own to keep your drains clean.
When you call us for annual maintenance or drain cleaning, we inspect your plumbing with care. We can check for clogs with camera inspections and identify serious issues.
Even more importantly, we can remove clogs in your drains. We use advanced techniques, like hydrojetting, to clear your pipes. Before doing the work, we come up with a plan of action. We want your pipes to be safe and free from blockages.
You never can be sure when you’ll be in need of an Evanston plumber for drain cleaning. However, you can be sure that drain maintenance will limit your need for a plumber. It will leave your pipes more clear and ready to handle everyday use.
If you are ready for drain cleaning services, give us a call today. J. Blanton Plumbing is ready to help.