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Three Ways to Avoid Clogged Sinks

No More Clogged Drains

Clogged drains are a common home plumbing issue, particularly during the summer when we take more showers. Hair down the drain is frequently the culprit, but it is not the only cause. Knowing how to prevent clogged drains will aid in maintaining any plumbing system.

A clogged sink, toilet, or bathtub can emit unpleasant odors, increase the likelihood of corrosion, and force homeowners to rearrange everything. When there's a clogged drain, it is best to contact a plumbing professional.

Use Professionals to Clean and Maintain Drains

Hiring a drain cleaning service saves money in the long run. Regular drainage system maintenance reduces the likelihood of larger problems in the future.

What appears to be a minor issue may be more serious, and a professional can assist in resolving it. This prevents burst pipes, corroded drains, water contamination, and other problems.

A hidden leak could be the source of an increased water bill. Hiring professionals to assist in locating and resolving the problem will save homeowners the frustration of doing it themselves.

Homeowners will also save money on store-bought drain cleaners that don't work for their specific issue. It may appear that doing it alone is the faster and less expensive option, but professional cleaning costs far less than drain repair.

Well-maintained pipes can last for decades with little to no problems. Hiring a drain cleaning service is an investment in the long-term reliability of the drainage system. 

Consider Using Mesh Drain Screens

meshOne can find drain screens directly in the bottleneck of sinks, showers, or plumbing systems. All the water used in an appliance must pass through that small area. This allows a drain screen to catch contaminants that aren't suitable for the drain system before they cause long-term damage or clog the drain.

Mesh screens cannot protect the plumbing system from everything, and some contaminants may still enter depending on how frequently they are used. However, the goal here is to provide long-term support for the drains, a best practice that accomplishes that. 

If screens are used to protect the drains from contaminants, it'll be much less likely to experience frequent drain clogs.

Stop Food or Grease from Entering the Drain

foodDishwashers, garbage disposals, washing pots, and pans contribute to fats, oils, and grease entering sewer pipes. Rinsing fats down the drain with hot water and detergent is ineffective; the grease moves further down the pipe. It coats the inside of the plumbing as it cools.

To avoid any or all of these issues, properly dispose of leftover cooking oils, fats, and grease. Although one cannot avoid a small amount of grease from plates and cooking utensils, homeowners can reduce the amount of grease entering their sewer pipes by following these simple guidelines:

  • Never pour grease or oil down the drain
  • Scrape grease into a disposable container and discard it
  • After scraping, wipe out pans with a paper towel to remove any remaining grease and discard the paper towel
  • Scrape plates and discard greasy food scraps rather than running them through the garbage disposal

Cleary Plumbing & Air

Cleary Plumbing & Air has been a trusted name in West Palm Beach and the surrounding areas for nearly three decades. They are a family-owned company dedicated to doing its best to keep the home safe and comfortable. Call Cleary Plumbing & Air for plumbing service in West Palm Beach, FL.