How to Prevent Clogged Drains

One of the most common plumbing problems we get called in to fix is a stubbornly clogged drain. Many drain clogs can be prevented by following these simple tips.

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Use a Drain Strainer

One of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent clogged drains is to use a drain strainer in your kitchen sink and shower drains. Simply pop the strainer in before using your sink or shower, then when you’re done, empty out any debris that has accumulated in the strainer into the trash. This prevents things like hair, food bits, soap slivers, and other potential blockages from slipping down the drain and causing havoc.

Don’t Pour Oil & Fat Down the Drain

It may seem easiest to pour oils and fats down the drain while you’re cooking, but this is one of the worst things you can do for your drains. Fats and oils are liquids when hot, so many people assume they can just pour them down the drain–no harm, no foul, right? Wrong. Fats and oils will solidify as they cool inside your pipes, creating major blockages that will mean costly repairs. Instead, protect your pipes by pouring oils and fats into a can or jar, then toss the whole container into the garbage.

Brush Your Hair Before You Shower

Hair is one of the main causes of clogged drains in the bathroom. An easy way to significantly reduce the amount of hair going down the drain is to simply get in the habit of brushing your hair before getting in the shower. This helps remove loose hairs that would otherwise come out in the shower–and it’s good for your hair, too!

Have Your Drains Professionally Cleaned Once a Year

Annual drain cleaning is an important part of your home maintenance routine that will help prevent clogs and other issues that could cause major inconvenience, damage, and expensive repairs. Yearly drain cleaning will also lengthen the lifespan of your pipes and keep everything running smoothly. Trust the experienced professionals at Vision Plumbing Heating Cooling to provide you with efficient, high quality drain cleaning services.

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