Tips to Help Avoid Blocked Drains

Posted on: 13 March 2019

One of the most common problems people have in their homes is blocked drains. This is because your drains are one of the most utilized features of your home. They are used, often without thought to their function or necessity—until they become blocked, that is. Here are some tips to help avoid blocked drains in your home.

Items to Avoid

What do you think about when you think of your home's drains? Most likely the kitchen or bathroom sink is the first thing to come to mind. Your drains are meant for the outflow of water. Blocked drains are caused when the outflow contains more than water. You should avoid things that block this water flow. Grease is one such thing. When grease is dumped down the drain it can solidify and cling to the sides of pipes. This will cause other particles to collect in the grease. In time this build up will cause the drain to become blocked. This is also true of some soaps that are not water soluble. When the soap or gel is washed down the drain it collects on the side and again traps other particles to form a blockage. Avoiding these items will help you eliminate most blocked drains.

Routine Maintenance

Along with avoiding harmful items in your drains, routine maintenance will help lower the possibility of blocked drains. You will want to ask your plumbing professional, but this maintenance can include drain cleaners. If you have a septic tank you will want to be careful what cleaners you use. Some septic safe cleaners will allow you to clean out the debris that can collect on the insides of your pipes. Keeping this debris clear avoids the risk of blocked drains. Your routine maintenance should also include regularly scheduled cleanings by your plumbing professional. 

Professional Help

If you do find yourself with blocked drains the recommended remedy is to call a professional. While it is tempting to try any of those do it yourself fixes, this can damage your pipes and drains further. Professionals can come in and clear your blocked drains without the damage that some of the other methods may cause. Professionals have the right equipment and knowledge of its use to clear your blocked drains and get you back to life quickly.

Knowing what to avoid and how to avoid the hazards that cause blocked drains will keep you in the clear. Knowing when to call a professional to help treat your blocked drains will avoid further problems. Keeping these tips in mind will have your water flowing freely with few blocked drains to take up your time. For more assistance, contact services such as P1 Plumbing & Electrical.