As a house owner, there is nothing you may dread more than a drainage clog. And while you may be able to stop some clogs from turning into big problems and possible drain repair, you may miss some. Such scenarios will require you to call your local plumber or plumbing company. This article guides you on ten tips and tricks you can use to reduce and possibly prevent entirely any future drainage clogs in your home.
- Don’t wait to have a mainline blockage
Take steps early enough when you notice that there is some problem with your drainage system. Don’t wait until it turns into something big which will only end up costing you more money and time to repair. It may even be tree roots which have found their way into your drainage pipes through tine cracks in the drains that have caused the blockage.
- Install a lint catcher on the washing machine hose
The bits of fabric, lint, facial tissue, and sometimes even sock can always sneak through the washer drain hose and end up clogging your drains.
A lint catcher will help ensure that none of these stuff escapes and end up causing you precious money to fix. Install the lint catcher at the end of the washing machine drain hose.
- Put bacteria to work
There is a type of bacteria that can now be used to break down most of the organic materials that end up in your drain systems. Stuff like hair, grease or food that are common causes for drain clogs can now be broken down by these bacteria. Thus, drain problem as a result of organic materials solved.
- Don’t dump grease in your sink
Never pour grease into your sink. When grease cools in your drain pipes, it solidifies and forms a clog that narrows your drain pipes. Then it’s only a matter of time before other stuff also begins to clog and block the drain. Simply collect all grease and dump them in the garbage.
- Don’t dispose of cement or grout compound in the drain
These joint compounds ultimately harden by chemical reactions, even under water, and if it does in your drain, then all your other waste materials that go down the drain will meet up with a rock-hard clog which is difficult to remove.
- Catch hair
Hair and soap when combined and get into your drains can create clogs that will require a drain snake to be removed. The best thing to do is catch all the hair before it gets to your drains.
- Pop-up stopper
The pop-up stopper that is found in the bathroom sink is a hair magnet and even dental floss. It will help keep all the bad stuff off your drains. But if you don’t remove these materials and clean up the pop-up stoppers regularly, then you can end up with a slow-draining sink that will eventually not drain at all.
- Collect all food waste
Food wastes take a lot of time before they full break down. And if you let these organic food materials in your drain, then don’t be shocked if you end up with a drainage problem sooner or later. The best way to dispose of these materials is in the trash or compost bin.
- Flush your drains
Lower volumes of water in low-flow toilets are poor at carrying away debris which can end up collecting in your drain pipes and ultimately blocking it. The best thing to do is fill a bucket with water and then pour it into the toilet while flushing simultaneously to force any debris into the pipe and keep the main drain line clear.
- Never use your toilet as a wastebasket
That big drain hole in the toilet will not take everything you throw at it. It may look to go down the drain, but in the real sense, it is just stuck in the drains and hasn’t reached the main sewer. Cause for more problems with the drains.