Learn How to Clear and Prevent Drain Clogs in Your Home
One of the nastiest messes a homeowner can face is a clogged drain. When it happens, you may be tempted to pour harsh chemicals down the sink to eliminate the clog, but doing so may cause even more problems. Caustic substances can wear away the inner surface of the pipes and create leaks, but with a little effort, you can prevent drain clogs and avoid costly damage.
How to Treat Drain Clogs
The best way to treat a clog is to prevent them from happening.
- Place screens in bathroom sinks and tubs to catch hair before it goes down the drain.
- Use plumbing to dispose of only water and waste. Don’t put other garbage down the sink, even if you have a garbage disposal. Coffee grounds and vegetable peels are common culprits that cause clogs.
- Dispose of kitchen grease by cooling it in a disposable container and putting it in the garbage rather then the sink. If you should develop a clog that you know is grease related, you can wrap a heating pad around the pipe to try to melt it as you flush it with hot running water.
- To prevent drain clogs, use a snake to periodically clean the drains, removing any hair and debris that builds up in the pipes.
- For stubborn clogs that you cannot resolve yourself, contact a licensed plumber to snake the line.
- Every few years, contract a licensed plumber to snake the main line to eliminate roots that create sewage problems. The money you spend will prevent serious repair bills down the line.
At Sobieski Services, Inc., our goal is to help our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey learn more about energy and home comfort issues – especially HVAC and plumbing issues – so they can save money and live in healthier, more comfortable homes.
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