Clogged drains are one of the most common reasons why people contact Mr. Rooter of Atlanta. While our plumbing professionals are experts in removing clogs, its best for the long term health of your pipe system if you know how to keep your water flowing smoothly. Backups can be a huge hassle, and can cause more severe problems over time. Fortunately, most drain clogs can be easily avoided with a little knowledge and a few techniques.
No Grease or Grounds
Breakfast can easily become your drains worst nightmare. People are often in a rush to get out the door when making their morning coffee. It’s understandable that if the coffee pot sits near your sink, that many might reach for the garbage disposal. Add to that mixture some grease from your bacon and eggs and you’re well on your way to a messy problem. When these two elements combine, it can cause one very stubborn clog. Instead, toss your grounds in your garden or flowerbed. If the amount of grease left in your pan is minimal, simply wait until it hardens at room temperature and swipe off with a paper towel. Or, take a cue from grandma and save it in a coffee can in the freezer. You can use it again for cooking or simply throw it away when it gets full.
Do a Weekly Hot Water Flush
Once a week go around your home and turn on all the faucets as hot as you can get them for 5-10 minutes. The heat and steam that goes into your sink will help loosen up debris and melt greasy buildup.
Use Drain Covers
One of the simplest solutions for clogged drains is buying a drain cover. These will trap hair and other bits and pieces that normally make their way down the drains without notice. Using a drain cover will not only help prevent backups, but it helps make you more aware of what goes down your pipes.
Use Cold Water in Garbage Disposal
When you’re washing the dishes after dinner, it’s second nature to turn up the heat on the faucet when you flip on your garbage disposal. However, if you run cold water instead, it will harden grease and help you break it up better.
Your Toilet Isn’t a Trash Can
Children are notorious for flushing important items like car keys and credit cards down the drain. However, adults often shrug off tossing away cotton balls, dental floss and other common place trash. Invest in a small bathroom waste basket so your family isn’t tempted to block your pipes with things that are easy to throw away.
If your Atlanta home suffers from frequent drain clogs, test out these tips and tricks to see if it improves. If not, you may be experiencing a more chronic issue caused by problems with your plumbing system. Frequent backups are a symptom of several potential issues, let our experienced crew give you a proper diagnosis so you can avoid unnecessary plumbing repairs. Give Mr. Rooter of Atlanta a call to schedule a plumbing inspection. Our team of Atlanta plumbers are the best in the business.