No one wants to deal with a clogged drain. Not only is it an inconvenience, but the more severe clogs can damage your plumbing and cost a lot to address. We know this better than most at Carolina Plumbing & Repair, and we’re here to offer you our professional knowledge on the subject. Here are a few tips to help you prevent and deal with a clogged drain:
How to Prevent Clogged Drains
- Keep fats, oil, and grease out of your drains. While it’s easy to absentmindedly pour these into your kitchen sink when you’re in the middle of cooking, it’s important to avoid it. Fats, oil, and grease can harden and end up coating the inside of your pipes, creating a blockage and preventing normal water flow as a result.
- Use a hair catcher for your shower drain. If there are a lot of people with long hair in your family, you’re probably no stranger to using a drain snake to remove the hair from your shower drains every few months. Using a hair catcher means you won’t have to spend so much time and energy doing that anymore because it will prevent the hair from going down the drain in the first place.
How to Fix Clogged Drains
- Don’t rely on DIY methods. The internet might try to convince you that pouring boiling water down the drain is a good solution to a clog, but it probably won’t be very effective. And if you have PVC pipes, the high temperature could be damaging.
- Avoid chemical drain cleaners. These can be corrosive to pipes of many different materials, not to mention that they’re highly toxic.
- Call a professional plumber to handle your clogged drain. They’ll know how to resolve the problem without damaging your plumbing system.