When you use a faucet in your home, you want the water to go down the faucet without causing any issues. A backed-up sink, tub, or toilet can really hamper your day. Luckily, there are steps you can take that will help ensure that your drains don't get clogged and you don't have to deal with backed-up drains.
Get Your Drains Professionally Cleaned
The truth is that over time, gunk can build up in your drains. Soap scum, lint, fats, and oils can build up on the inside of your drainage pipes. Other things, such as hair, can get caught on this buildup, creating further obstructions in your drainage pipes.
If you want to stop your pipes from getting clogged, it can be helpful to get a fresh start. The best way to get a fresh start is by having your drains professionally cleaned. A drain cleaning service will come out to your home and use focused high-pressure waters to remove all the junk that has built up in your pipes over the years. Once your drains are cleaned, then it is up to you to take steps to keep your drains cleaned.
Place Filters Over Your Drains
Now that your drains are clean, you need to keep unnecessary items out of your drains. Put filers over your drains in your kitchen, bathroom, and shower area. These filters will catch things that should go down your drain, from food particles to hair and lint.
Clean out the filters, also referred to as food or hair traps, on a daily basis. This small precaution will keep out items that can clog up your pipes and cause a new obstruction to develop.
Be Careful With Oils and Fats
Oils and fats may be in liquid form when you rinse off your pots and pans, but by the time they travel just a little bit down your drains, those fats and oils will solidify in the drains, coating the sides of your drains. Over time, as the fats and oils accumulate, they will slow down the flow of water and result in blockage.
Clean off your food and wipe down pots and pans before you rinse them in your sink. This will prevent your drainage pipes from getting clogged.
Avoid Commercial Cleaners
It may seem like a good idea to pour some commercial cleaner down your drains every once in a while to keep things flowing, but the truth is that commercial cleaners should only be used in an emergency. Commercial cleaners are extremely toxic and can be very harmful to children, pets, and the environment. Instead, use natural cleaners, such as baking soda and vinegar, to keep your drains clean.
Stop your drains from getting clogged up by getting your drains professionally cleaned. Once your drains are professionally cleaned, use food and hair traps to keep large objects from going down your drains, and keep oils and fats out of your drains. Use natural cleaners to clean your drains, and when necessary, call in drain cleaning professionals to clean them again.
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