Clogged drains are very annoying, and they always seem to happen at time you least expect, like when you are having that dinner with your guests. Apart from them happening at time not expected, they are expensive to take care of, and gives lots of problem- not to now talk about the odor that is released from the backups in the sink. Once you have your drain clogged, you are then forced to either use chemicals or call on a plumber to fix it. Having a plumber just walk through your door alone is costly, and also depending on the extent at which the clog has damaged the system.
The number one step on how to prevent clogs in your drains is by cleaning them. We most times neglect the drains when we are cleaning the home, but cleaning them is also important to the comfort of the home. For someone that is conversant of what is passed down their drains, they don’t really need to be cleaning the drain frequently- just maybe once in a month. But we have some drains that requires constant checking like that of the bathroom, toilet and shower because they do have problems of getting clogged with hairs.
How to keep your drains free
Drains as we all know are the main channels by which we filter and flush water and debris away. Drains all get clogged in the process of doing all of these. Some of the common materials that ends up in clogging drains include;
- Soap crumbs
- Cooking oil
- Food particles
One of the sure was of preventing a clogged drainage system is by being careful of what you put in them. Do whatever it takes to prevent dumping those listed materials into your drains. There are many things you can do daily to reduce the amount of clogging materials that are dumped in your drains. They might all seem tasking, but you will end up getting use to them. They are actually tips that will help you reduce cost, sane time, and reduce stress.
1. Put mesh screens over all your drains- most especially those in the bathroom and shower- to pick food particles, hair, and other particles. This is the most cost-effective way of having a clog-free drain.
2. The next thing is to find other ways to dispose all drain clogging particles. The likes of food grease/oil should be poured in cans and disposed into bags.
3. Kitchen drains should be rinsed with hot water. Hot water allows oils and grease to run faster down the drains.
4. It is advised that you brush your hair with brush before having your bath, so that you can get rid of loose hair before entering the shower. Although some hair particles will still enter the drain, but brushing before showering will reduce the amount of hair. Pets also should be washed in washtubs instead of bathtubs.
5. Let your kids know the importance of having a clean drain, and what type of materials should be washed down the drain. Tell them that toys are not mean to be flushed down the drain, and toys should also not be allowed in the bathtub.
Clogs cannot be prevented totally, but it can be reduced to the minimum. We might have times when the drain gets clogged unexpectedly, get a plunger- this will save you the cost of calling a plumber when you have small clogs.