Clogged drains are one of the most annoying home problems to manage; however, proper prevention and maintenance can help reduce the possibility of a clog. If you deal with frequent clogs, talk to our plumbers in Marin County and the surrounding regions to learn more about how we can help.
Here’s our top prevention tips to keep your home’s drains clear:
#1 Be Careful About What Goes Down The Drain
Our residential plumbing company sees a lot of clogs day-to-day. Clogs are usually caused by materials not built to enter the plumbing system.
Make sure to toss things like coffee grounds, cooking grease, eggshells, potato skins, and peels in the trash to avoid damage to the garbage disposal and clogged drains in the kitchen.
In the bathroom, keep paper products, hair, excess toothpaste, hygiene products out of the toilet, sink, and shower drains.
#2 Use Drain Stoppers, Gates, and Cleaners
To catch soap scum, food, hair, and other particles from reaching the drain, consider installing drain stoppers in kitchen and bathroom drains. These drain stoppers help prevent the hassle of clogged drains and additional cleaning needs.
#3 Run Hot Water Through The Drains
To reduce the chance of grease buildup, clogs, and hard water deposits, run hot water through drains after they have been used. The hot water allows materials that entered the drain to run through the pipes faster.
#4 Use Baking Soda and Vinegar
Baking soda and vinegar are some of nature’s natural cleaners. To use this to clean drains, pour a handful of baking soda and a cup of vinegar into the drain, let it sit and sizzle, and then rinse with hot water and repeat if necessary.
This is also a great option to absorb odors coming from your drains!
#5 Avoid Store-Bought Drain Cleaners
While chemical drain cleaners will clear clogs, they can also corrode pipes leading to corrosion and leaks. Opt for safer drain cleaning options such as enzymatic cleaners, which are better for your pipes, health, and environment.
#6 Call A Local Plumber
When dealing with clogs or leaks, it is always wise to talk to a local plumber like our San Rafael Plumbers about your options. We recommend thorough drain cleaning every 18-12 months to avoid costly sewer repairs and emergencies.
Our plumbing services also include:
- Water Heater installation and repairs
- Drain cleaning
- Faucet and Fixture Repairs
The best way to prevent clogged drains is to avoid putting anything down the drain that shouldn’t be there. And if you find yourself stuck with a slow drain or clog, call our plumbing experts at Super Service Plumbing.
Proud to help our Sonoma County communities including:
Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Windsor, Healdsburg, Sonoma, Cloverdale, Sebastopol, Cotati and beyond.