Clogged drains are no laughing matter. Even a small clog can be tough to get rid of. Once you have a stubborn clog, you either have to use harsh chemicals to get things flowing again, or you have to contact a plumber. Luckily, there are some actions you can take to stop clogs from happening in the first place. Here are some suggestions that will help you avoid common clogs.
Each time you wash your hair, whether it's in the sink or the bathtub, strands of hair gets washed down the drain. While most of the hair will get flushed through to the sewer, some of the hair will get caught in the drains. Over time, you can end up with a large hair ball that's clogging your drains. The easiest way to prevent hair clogs is to place a hair strainer over all your drains. The strainer will catch the hair and keep it from going down the drain. Be sure to clean the hair strainer after each use.
Even if you use a garbage disposal, small particles of food can accumulate in the drains. This is particularly true of sticky foods such as pasta or breads. While they might not be sticky while you're consuming them, once they've combined in the drain, they can create a doughy paste that will adhere to the walls of the drain pipes. Over time, that sticky paste will impede the flow of water and other waste products. When that happens, you're going to notice an increase in the number of clogs you have to deal with. Prevent problems by flushing your drains with boiling water at least once a week. The hot water will flush the sticky food through to the sewer.
If you use bar soap for your baths, and you have hard water in your home, the combination can result in a nasty buildup of gunk that will clog your drains. If you have hard water, you can reduce the soapy buildup by using liquid bath soap instead. It's also a good idea to flush your bathroom drains at least once a week to remove the buildup. You might think that bathing with hot water is good enough to rinse the soapy buildup away. However, boiling water will work better to break up the residue and clean out the drains.
Clogged drains can be a real pain to get rid of. Use the simple steps provided above to help prevent clogs from occurring. Contact a plumber, like Maryland Sewer & Plumbing Service, for more help.