How to Keep Your Drains Clog-Free This Winter

If you are concerned about the drains in your Portland, Oregon, house clogging this winter, you may want to consider having them cleaned as preventative maintenance. Then, you can get through winter with less stress about the plumbing in your home.

  • Use a grease can or throw away your cooking grease and oils in a trash can. Fat will turn to a solid in your pipes and allow other debris to collect in your pipes faster. If you don’t want to throw away hot grease, let it sit in a grease can and cool down or put it in the freezer to harden and then throw it away.
  • Throw away used coffee grounds or use them in your compost or garden. Putting coffee grounds down your drains isn’t a good idea because it will allow them to have buildup faster and cause major clogging problems.
  • When you run your garbage disposal, use cold water. Cold water allows food to remain as stable as possible and helps keep food from sticking to pipes.  Cold water also prevents your garbage disposal from overheating.
  • Don’t put fibrous proteins down your drains or through your garbage disposal. It is also a good idea to avoid fruit and vegetable peels as well as nuts and other hard foods.
  • Don’t place paint or other home improvement substances into your plumbing system. Instead, throw it away in a trash bag or wash it outside of your home.
  • Don’t use any products that state that they are “flushable,” unless it is toilet paper. Try to stock up on toilet paper that isn’t extra thick or plush so that it flushes better.  You should also avoid flushing feminine products.
  • If you want to work on keeping your drains clean yourself, or you have a mild slow drain, consider using baking soda and hot water to flush your pipes so they work better.
  • Make sure that trash or other items like jewelry stay away from your drains by installing sink strainers. Filters help to prevent lost items down your drains and clogging because of objects and debris.
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