9 Preventative Measures To Avoid Clogged Drains

Preventing a drain from clogging is just as important as unclogging one. Simple measures that you and your household can take daily can prevent a clogged drain. Here are nine ways to keep your home's drains clear. 

  1. Dispose of cooking grease properly. Instead of pouring the grease down your drains, keep in in a old coffee can. When its full, you can toss the can in the trash.
  2. Use a screen over drains. A screen placed over drains, such as the one in your shower, can help keep debris, like hair, from clogging up your system. Be sure to buy the appropriate drain for your fixtures. 
  3. Clear your drains with vinegar. At least once a week, pour a cup of vinegar in the drains. Allow the vinegar to sit for half an hour before following it with hot water. The vinegar can help break down debris that is stuck in your pipes. 
  4. Let the hot water run a few seconds. After using your sinks, run the hot water for a few seconds. The water will help to wash away debris and oils. 
  5. Educate household members. Inform everyone that only human waste and toilet paper need to go down your toilets. Anything more could result in the toilets being stopped up.
  6. Always run water after the disposal. For about 10 to 15 seconds after you use your garbage disposal, you need to let the water run. The water will help to push the debris down the drain.
  7. Sharpen your disposal. The blades of your disposal can become dull over time which makes it more difficult for debris to be properly chopped up. You can keep your blades sharp by using the disposal to chop up ice cubes occasionally.
  8. Use the tub to flush the drains. Each week, fill your bathtub with water. Pull the stopper when its full. The weight of the water draining from the tub will help to keep the lines clear. 
  9. Use drain cleanser. Once a month, pour a small amount of drain cleanser down your sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and any other drains you have. This preventative step will help to boost the other measures that you have taken.

A clogged drain can be a nuisance. Fortunately, with proper care of your plumbing system, you can avoid it. Talk to your local plumber, like Arrow Plumbing & Drain Clean, about other preventative measures you can take to keep your plumbing lines free and clear.