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Some Tips for Preventing Clogged Drains

Clogged-pipeWe’ve been doing this for a long time, and our plumbers have a lot of experience under their belts. Trust us when we tell you that some plumbing problems are more common than others. Of all the plumbing issues we see with some regularity, the clogged drain is certainly right up near the top in terms of frequency. What too many homeowners fail to realize is that these clogs are often the result of carelessness on their own parts.

Of course, most homeowners are not professional plumbers, so it is hard to be careful about potential issues that you really have no way of recognizing. That is why we want to discuss some of the ways in which you can help to cut down on the occurrence of clogs in your home. With our help, you’ll be able to use your drain and sewer system in Tucson, AZ with greater reliability and convenience. Keep the following tips in mind. 

Use Your Garbage Disposal Wisely

Salesmanship would lead you to believe that you could toss an old Buick down a drain and the garbage disposal in your kitchen would make mincemeat out of it. This is really not the case, though–and not just in terms of this obvious hyperbole. Garbage disposals have their limits, and it is vitally important that you keep certain materials out of the drain even if you do have a garbage disposal in place.

Foods like cooked pasta and rice, for instance, will continue to absorb water and can expand to the point that they block off the flow through your drain. FOG, or fats, oils, and grease, will congeal as they cool and cause major blockages. Fibrous foods should be avoided as well–celery stalks and corn husks don’t really get ground up by the disposal and can cause damages in addition to blockages.

Use Drain Covers

This sounds obvious, but believe us, we see it all the time: keep drains covered! Basic mesh traps are among the simplest ways in which to keep clogged drains as bay. Put one in every drain, including your kitchen and bathroom sinks as well as your shower. When we clear out shower drains, it is never, ever a surprise to find that hair is the culprit. Empty these drain covers regularly for maximum benefit.

Schedule Professional Services

We know that there are a lot of different chemical drain cleaners and hand augers that you can purchase in order to DIY your clogged drains. We also know how ineffectual doing so generally is. If you are serious about having your drains cleared out successfully, and ensuring that they stay cleared out, then trust us: professional service is the way to go.

When you use a hand auger yourself, you cannot reach deep clogs. Plus, there is a chance–a good chance–that you’ll just bore through the clog, leaving a lot around the sides and allowing future clogs to build right back up. As for chemical drain cleaners, they are just going to clear out enough of the clog for the cleaner itself to make its way through.

Let The Sunny Plumber handle your clogged drains. Bright and Shiny and won’t show our Hiney.

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