Having a clogged drain is a pesky problem no one wants to deal with. If a drain is clogged in your bathroom or kitchen, it can really put a damper on your day. If you don’t know how to fix it then you’ll have to hire a plumber. If you follow these preventative tips, you shouldn’t have to worry about the problem at all, which can save you time and money.
Never put food down the drain
Many think that the garbage disposal is meant to get rid of all types of food and liquid. Well, it’s not. The garbage disposal is there to easily get rid of small food bits left on plates. This means that if you have left nearly your whole meal on your plate you shouldn’t put it in the sink. Foods such as rice, beans, chicken bones and grease will clog up your drain.
Keep hair out of bathroom drains
If you have long hair or live in a house full of girls, hair will build up in your shower. Large hairballs can form in your drains causing them to clog up. It is important that your remove the hair out of your shower and bathtub after each use. You can even install screens to place over the drains that will prevent hair from going in.
Clean out the drain
Even if there is no sign of a clog, you should clean the drain on a regular basis. Over time soap and other residue will build up and can cause the drain to clog. Cleaning out the drain is fairly simple. Plug the drain then fill the sink up with hot water. Once it is full, unplug the drain. All the hot water rushing down at once will clear off any residue that is built up along the drain.
Only flush toilet paper
Paper towels, feminine products and q-tips are common causes for clogged toilets. Only human waste and toilet paper should ever be flushed down the toilet. You even need to be careful what type of toilet paper to flush. Too much of heavy duty toilet paper can cause a clogged drain.
Never use harsh chemicals
If you do have a clogged drain, be careful how you unclog it. Draino and other sink products contain chemicals that are acidic. If you live in an older home, the acidic cleaning products can damage your sink. If the drain is clogged, use a snake to unclog it. If you don’t feel comfortable unclogging the sink yourself, call a professional.
If your clogged drains are too hard to fix yourself, an expert at JMAC Plumbing & Air Conditioning can help you. The plumbers have over 30 years of experience and can take on any plumbing job. They even offer 24-hour emergency service, so a plumber can be at your door no matter what time you need them. Don’t hesistate to get the problem fixed because the longer your drain is clogged, the worse the problem can become. Contact a Las Vegas plumber at 702.227.5622.