Preparation is important when it comes to anything in life, but especially when it comes to maintaining your home – preparation is an absolute necessity. Clogged drains are really no different.
Clogged drains represent a significant issue for many and can have significant effects on a home’s plumbing system. Being both disciplined and prepared in the event of a clogged drain can save you from a whole host of problems, but also save you a lot of money.
Here are some ways you can stay on top of your every day behaviors and appliances to ensure you don’t encounter a clogged drain. Let’s jump right in!
You should be strict about what does and doesn’t go down the toilet. Toilet paper and waste should be the only things going into a drain. Q-Tips, feminine hygiene products, cigarettes. Floss, towels – wipes – that should all go in a waste paper bin. Not down your toilet.
You’d be surprised at how often people confuse their garbage with their garbage disposal. A disposal is NOT where all your old food goes. In fact – if you want to find the fastest way possible to clog your drains – that’s what you can do. Truth is – you should avoid throwing food down your drain whenever possible. Especially the kinds of foods that expand and/or are greasy – like pasta, rice and the like. Also stay away from peels and other fibrous materials. All of those are public enemy number 1 when it comes to significant drain clogs.
You should always have your drains inspected and cleaned – especially your main lines leading out to the sewer. Particularly in older homes where there are clay pipes – it’s doubly important. Clay pipes were popular in the housing booms of the 20’s and are popular in a lot of homes in the Eastern United States. Trees and root systems tend to find their way into those drain systems – which end up causing clogs over time. Be sure to stay out ahead of it by having your plumber do an annual check up. That way – you can stay out ahead of problems before they occur.
Staying ahead of clogged drains is important – largely because if there’s a significant backup – that sewage can leak into your home. Overwhelmed septic systems, burst pipes and a whole other myriad of issues could also occur.
Follow these tips, stay on the up and up with regards to your system – and get to problems before they occur. Good luck!