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How to Keep Your Drains from Backing Up

logoThere are countless issues you may encounter with your plumbing system. Many are simply beyond your control. The need for plumbing repairs in Tucson, AZ is not a matter of if, but of when. Now, that being said, there are also a lot of problems that, while not 100% avoidable, are still often the result of human error. Some, for instance, can often be averted with a bit of care on the homeowner’s part.

Today we want to talk about ways you can help to prevent your drains from backing up. Should you encounter clogged drains, we strongly recommend that you schedule professional drain cleaning services with the exceptional plumbers here at The Sunny Plumber Tucson. Trust us, we’ll have much more success and achieve far better results than any DIY attempts on your part will. You can minimize the risk of requiring any such service in your home by keeping these helpful tips in mind.

Use Drain Covers

This is the simplest way in which to prevent drains from backing up. So simple, in fact, that you may think it is quite obvious and maybe not even worth mentioning. You’d be surprised at how many service calls we get, however, where we arrive at the house and there is not a single drain cover in sight!

The best way to prevent clogged drains is to keep items that could cause clogs out of the drains to begin with. Drain covers are effective in doing this, and they are really dirt cheap! There is no reason why you should have any unprotected drains in your home.

Use Your Garbage Disposal Properly

If you have a garbage disposal and you think this means you can put whatever you want down the drain, think again. There are certain items that you should avoid because they can damage the disposal.  There are others that will make it past the disposal, but can clog up your drain. We’re talking about FOG (fats, oil, grease).

Your garbage disposal will do nothing to prevent FOG from causing clogs–and trust us, FOGs = Clogs! When it comes to FOG, it doesn’t matter if you have a disposal or not. These materials can cool down, congeal, and cause major blockages when they get into your pipes. Also avoid putting starchy foods like rice or pasta down the disposal, as they can swell up by taking in water, causing clogs.

Wipe Up Those Whiskers

It doesn’t matter if you’re giving yourself a careful shave at the mirror or if you’re rushing to get ready for work and shaving in the shower. You need to wipe those whiskers out of your sink or tub if you want to prevent clogs.

In the event of showering while shaving your face or legs, at least refer back to the first point in this post and put a cover over the drain. It may not seem like much hair, but even whiskers can cause trouble in terms of clogged drains.

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