10 Best Practices for Avoiding Clogged Drains

Plumbing issues often result in costly repairs and an emergency call to your local plumber. The adage “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” certainly, applies here. The areas of the home with most use are also the areas of the home where you are most likely to encounter plumbing issues. There are several things you can do to make sure your pipes stay clear and your plumbing system stays in optimum condition. The most important step is to limit what goes in your pipes.

In the Kitchen

  • Avoid putting food, grease, and coffee grounds down the kitchen drain.
  • Limit garbage disposal use. Compost leftover food or discard it in the trash can.
  • Pour liquid grease into a container with a seal and dispose of it in a garbage receptacle.
  • Coffee grounds can be used in the garden to fertilize plants.

In the Bathroom

  • Reduce soap scum and keep hair out of drains
  • Cover your shower or tub drain with a shower drain hair catcher.
  • Brush your hair before showering to reduce the amount of loose hair that ends up in the drain.
  • Cover the drain with a washcloth if you must bathe your dog in the tub.
  • Deep clean tub and sink drains on a regular basis. Pull out stoppers and remove all hair and debris.
  • Flush all drains with hot water after use.
  • Be careful of what you flush down the toilet. Only human waste and toilet paper are intended to be flushed down these pipes.
  • Dispose of feminine hygiene products, dental floss, or any other dense, stringy household waste in the trash.

For more information on avoiding clogged drains, or if in spite of your best efforts, you end up with a drain clog contact Columbia Drain at (503)313-7246 in the Portland area or (360) 903-7246 in Vancouver. Our professional team members have the right tools to take care of your drain clogs quickly and efficiently.

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