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Ask a Plumber: How Do I Avoid Clogs?

clearing-blocked-drainHomeowners always have questions they’d like to ask professional plumbers. But they don’t always have access to professional plumbers! While we are always happy to hear from our clients–existing and potential alike–we are also very busy. We don’t want to leave you in the lurch, though, which is why we like to provide some answers to questions common enough to anticipate. This week, we’ll be talking about how you can avoid clogged drains in your home.

There are a lot of reasons why drains may clog, and not all of them can be easily avoided, if avoided at all. However, there are also plenty of situations in which clogs can be avoided, but are not due to human error. Keep the following tips in mind, and always remember to call a professional plumber in Chesapeake, VA if you are having trouble with your drains. We are more than happy to keep your system functioning properly.

  1. Put covers over the drains in your homeEvery drain. This is something homeowners tend to be careful with in their kitchens, as there is obviously so much opportunity for food waste to get into the drains and clog them. However, we recommend doing this in your bathtubs, and even your bathroom sink, as well. It is the simplest step toward keeping materials that could clog your drains out of them.
  2. Comb your hair before you shower. This is especially important for those men and women with long or thick hair, as well as those that have come to accept that age is catching up and their hair is thinning out. By brushing your hair before getting into the shower, you can get rid of some of the loose hair that is ready to come out and clog up your drains. Speaking of which, our next point…
  3. Always remove hair from plumbing fixtures. When you are shaving, we recommend you do not allow your whiskers and trimmings to go down the drain, whether in the shower or in the sink. Instead, grab some paper towels and wipe the hair out before running the water to rinse out the receptacle.
  4. Use your garbage disposal appropriately. This is a big one. For some reason, a lot of homeowners seem to think that there is nothing that their garbage disposals cannot handle. Unfortunately, this could not be further from the truth. Fats and grease can congeal in drains, while materials like pasta or rice can swell with water and cause clogs. Be sure that you are only putting appropriate materials down the garbage disposal.
  5. Always hire professionals to clean your drains. Sure, you may be able to effectively plunge away a clog in a shallow point in the drain. However, using chemical cleaners or even a hand auger on your own is not going to give you the results that you want when facing a more stubborn clog. When we clear out your drains, you won’t have to worry about anything being left behind.

Schedule your plumbing services with House Call Company. Contact us and see how we can make you smile.

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