The most persistent and annoying of home plumbing problems is slow or clogged drains. Homeowners often assume that clogs are simply a part of life, and they must deal with them a few times a year no matter what. Sometimes a basic sink plunger will clear the clog, other times the homeowner must summon a licensed plumber to handle it. Whatever the solution, the problem itself seems impossible to avoid.
However—although no one can ever guarantee a 100% clog-free drain—there are ways you can significantly reduce drain clogs throughout your kitchen and bathroom and face fewer hassles. Below are some tips to help avoid these annoyances and cut down on the number of calls you make to clear up blocked drainpipes. Whenever you need professional assistance, trust to Bell Plumbing and Heating for drain cleaning in Denver and the surrounding areas.
Basic tips for cleaner drains
- Do not pour liquid FOG down drains: “FOG” in this case stands for fat, oil, and grease. These seem innocuous in their hot liquid form, which is why people often pour them down drains without thinking about it. But when these substances cool down, they turn into solids that are waxy and stick to the lining of drainpipes. It doesn’t take long for the buildup to begin to reduce the volume inside the drainpipe, leading to higher water pressure and eventually thick clogs. To avoid this, pour out all liquid FOG into a separate receptacle and remove it to the standard trash.
- Never use the garbage disposal for actual garbage: This applies to all drains, but people are more likely to throw inorganic waste into the garbage disposal, falsely thinking that it can safely handle it. Anything that you can’t chew with your teeth shouldn’t go into the disposal. Inorganic material can ruin the components of the disposal, but more damaging is that it can become stuck down in the p-trap of the drainpipe (the curved section under the sink) and create blockage.
- Use drain covers for bathroom sinks and showers: Hair easily goes down the drains in the bathroom, and this is one of the major sources for clogs. If you keep drain covers on the sink and shower drains, it will reduce the amount of hair that enters the drainpipes and slow down the development of clogs.
- Schedule regular drain cleaning: Organic deposits such as food and hair, as well as other deposits such as soap scum, will begin to accumulate inside the drains slowly, even with precautions. The best way to have this threat eliminated is to have annual drain cleaning from professionals. Plumbers will use hydro-jetting equipment to clear out the drains with blasts of high-pressure water, restoring the inside of the pipes to like-new condition. You will not only avoid clogs, you’ll have a more efficient drainage system and pipes that will last longer.
For professional drain cleaning in Denver, as well as emergency unclogging whenever you need it, contact the Denver plumbers at Bell Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric.