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Clogged Sinks: 3 Tips for Preventing This Holiday Faux Pas | C. Woods Company

How Homeowners Can Avoid Clogged Drains

During this busy holiday season, when people are hosting gatherings, cooking for and going to gatherings, no one wants to take the time to unclog a drain. Unfortunately, the chances of a clog are higher than they would normally be due to all the extra work that may happen in the kitchen and all the extra traffic in the bathroom. Homeowners should not despair for their households, however. There are plenty of ways to unclog a sink and prevent it from happening in the first place so the drains run freely and without clogs.

Tip #1: Turn to the Professionals for Maintenance and Drain Cleaning

One hands-off approach to preventing drain clogs is regular professional maintenance on one's drainage pipes. Hydro-jetting is a common way to unclog a drain, clean it, and prevent the buildup that inevitably comes with use. Using a professional ensures several things that will bring any homeowner peace of mind.

  • Job Done Right: The work is done correctly because the plumbing technicians know what they are doing.
  • Catch Problems Early: If a professional is performing regular maintenance on a specific property, that pro will notice when something is different and can investigate. There is less chance of misdiagnosis when a professional is doing the work. What a layperson may think is a clog, the professional will see for a collapsed or leaking pipe.
  • Prevents frustration: If a homeowner attempts to clean out their drains, it can be a very frustrating experience. Hiring the pros is better for all parties concerned.

Tip #2: Employ a Mesh Drain Screenmesh

The best daily advice for preventing clogged drains is to avoid putting things down the drain that don't belong there. This list excludes much more than it includes. There are only a few things that should go down the drain:

  • Water
  • Non-fatty liquids 
  • Soap

A mesh drain screen can be purchased at any local hardware store and used to filter food particles that should not make their way into the drain. The drain screen covers the drain's opening and allows water and other liquids through while catching the other things that might cause drainage problems. One can easily remove it after the liquid has drained from the sink and throw the caught detritus in the trash can. 

Tip #3: Just Say No to Food Waste and Cooking Grease

foodCooking grease or fats act as a binding agent in cooking and baking. Unfortunately, this is also true inside drainage pipes. If grease enters the drain, it will stick to the insides of the pipes and congeal, creating a sticky mess. When other things, such as toilet paper and food waste, come into contact with the greases, it can act almost as glue to hold these other items in place, creating a nasty and stubborn clog. A homeowner should never put grease down the drain but should dispose of it in the garbage. Food waste should be composted or trashed as well to avoid the possibility of clogs. 

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