Prevent Clogged Drains Before They Even Happen

Posted on: May 27th, 2013 by zach

I am sure everyone has experienced a plugged toilet or a sink before. And I am sure it came at the most inopportune time. Perhaps you had your relatives come stay with you for the holidays and your kitchen sink backed up. One of the reason we see a lot of these calls is because the increased volume down the drains can reveal or exacerbate a preexisting problem. Taking some precautionary steps can save you the inconvenience of inviting a plumber over to your dinner party. Have your drainage system inspected by a licensed plumber annually and also follow the steps below in order to cut down on potential blockages.

Reasons For Clogged Drains

Carelessness is the number one cause of blockages. Kitchen sinks are very easily clogged. As you can imagine food can build up in the drains and very easily cause a blockage. Be careful what you put down your sink, and if you use the a garburator, make sure to rinse it down with very hot water. Also avoid putting greasy food and oils down the drain. Bathrooms are another place where backups occur. Try to limit anything you flush down the toilet. You would be amazed at what we find sometimes. Try to avoid flushing paper towels, baby wipes and feminine products down the drain. Also limit the amount of toilet paper. Bathroom sinks and showers often get clogged by hair so be mindful of this.
It is easiest to avoid all this by snaking these drains annually. Or if you notice that its draining a little slow have it snaked more often.

Remedies

You can pour certain chemicals down the drain and some will do the trick. However keep in mind that chemicals are harmful to your body, your plumbing system, and the environment. They may be a quick fix, but we never recommend doing that.
One trick that a lot of people use is to pour vinegar down the drain with a healthy amount of baking soda. Let the mixture sit for about 15 minutes and then pour boiling water down the drain. Pouring boiling water down the drain on a regular basis can help to prevent blockages.
Sometimes it is very simple to unclog your kitchen sink, especially if you have a double sink. Simply plug one side of the sink with the drain stop and have someone hold it tight. The take your toilet plunger and plunge the drain as you would a toilet. That will usually do the trick.

Prevent and Protect

Your plumbing system is like a machine. It needs regular maintenance in order to run smoothly. You should have all of your drains snaked at least once a year and periodically have a camera inspection to make sure there is not trouble spots where disaster could be looming. To see more check out our drain cleaning page

We would love to take a look at your system anytime! Call 604-283-2383

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