How to Avoid a Drain Cleaning Session

Posted by Butter Plumbing

clogged-plumbing-drainsDrain clogs rank among the most common plumbing issues homeowners will have to face. It’s never any fun to turn on the sink only to watch the water bubble back up or take a shower only to end up ankle-deep in dirty water. Ideally, a professional plumber should be called in to deal with a clogged drain with a formal drain cleaning session. But most drain clogs can be avoided with a little care, and the more you can do to prevent them from forming, the better.

Avoid Using Store-Bought Solutions

When a clog shows up, most homeowners turn to over-the-counter solutions such as cleansers and snakes to handle the problem. In most cases, this can cause more damage than it solves. Store-bought solutions adopt a one-size-fits-all approach to the clog, which means they usually only partially solve it. Cleansers, for instance, may only remove a portion of the clog, leaving pieces of it to re-form very quickly. Snakes often have the same problem. That means you’ll be dealing with the clog again and again before it’s finally removed. In the process, the chemical cleaners or the head of the drain snake can often damage the pipe, which can lead to leaks or replacement issues (and which will cost a lot more than a simple drain cleaning session). That’s one of the reasons why we recommend professional drain cleaning — with a trained plumber and specialized tools to do the job right — instead of relying on store-bought solutions.

Be Careful What You Throw Down the Drain

The best means of preventing clogs is to pay careful attention to what you throw down the drain. Many clogs are caused by inappropriate materials, which can be easily placed in the garbage instead of the drain and save you a lot of hassle in the process. Such materials can include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Seeds and Bones. Most people know better not to throw seeds such as peach pits or cherry pits down the drain, as wells as meat bones and the like. The garbage disposal won’t take care of them — possibly damaging the disposal in the process — and they can easily lead to a clog.
  • Fibrous Vegetables. This includes potato peelings, carrot peelings, and celery stalks. They are very hard to break up and can easily get tangled in the drain to create a clog.
  • Coffee Grounds. Coffee grounds can expand when they get wet, which creates problems when poured down the drain. They can also get caught in the gears of your garbage disposal.
  • Rice and Pasta. Like coffee grounds, rice and pasta will expand when they get wet, and like vegetable peelings, if they get tangled in your pipes, they can create a serious clog.
  • Fats, Oils, and Grease. Collectively known as FOG, these materials can be poured down the drain when hold, but will solidify as they cool off in the plumbing pipes.

If you encounter a clog in your plumbing drains in your Las Vegas, NV home, call the friendly professionals at Butter Plumbing to get the issue resolved.

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