One of the most common of all plumbing problems at home is the clogged drain. It is also one of those problems that is most commonly contributed to by homeowners themselves. We get it—you’re not always super aware of your drains even when you are using them. You should give them a bit more thought if you really want to avoid clogs in your plumbing system, though.
That’s why we’re going to cover some simple ways in which you can help to cut down on instances of clogged drains in your home. Keep these tips in mind, and enjoy the best performance possible from your plumbing in Hampton, VA. Don’t take for granted a system that works so hard for you day in and day out!
What You’re Doing and Why It’s a Problem
Okay, not every homeowner is necessarily contributing to clogs in their home. Let’s be honest, though—all of us could be a bit more careful. And, try as we might, we can’t really make certain that everyone using the systems in our homes are doing so exactly the way that we want them to. So what types of behaviors should you be aware of, and what practices should you modify?
Putting Everything and Everything in the Disposal
A lot of people seem to think that a residential garbage disposal can handle just about anything, but this really is not the case. If you put certain items down the disposal, such as very fibrous foods, you risk jamming it up and causing a blockage until the disposal is back in proper working order—not to mention damage to the unit itself!
Putting Fats, Oil, And Grease (FOG) Down the Drain
These materials are liquids when hot, but they won’t remain liquids when they start to cool off in your pipes. When that happens, they’ll congeal. And when that happens, they’ll start to trap other materials trying to make their way down the drains. Avoid pouring liquid fats and grease down the drain to prevent such problems with your plumbing system.
Putting ANYTHING Other Than Toilet Paper in the Bowl!
Nothing, from sanitary products to baby wipes, should go down the toilet. No, not even if it says “flushable” on it. Trust us, we’ve been called out to many homes with backed up drains and sewer lines due to their trust in certain products’ claims about flushability. If in doubt, just throw it out.
If you start to notice drains moving slowly, a single drain backing up in your home, drains bubbling while draining, or any other irregularities with your system, do not hesitate to reach out to a member of our team. We are the professionals that you can trust with any drain services that you require.
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