- This post is the second in our series How to Prevent Plumbing Emergencies.’ Clogged drains are one of the problems we’re most frequently called to repair at PPR Western Plumbing. While many drainage issues require expert intervention, it doesn’t take an expert to prevent a blockage. Here are some of our tips for how to prevent clogged drains.
Don’t Let Anything Go Down a Drain That Shouldn’t
In our post last month, we told you about all the things you shouldn’t put down your drain. Rule of thumb: anything that isn’t a liquid or any liquid that might congeal shouldn’t go down. That includes cooking grease, paint or anything toxic. Remember: what goes down your drain ends up in the sewage system and the water system. Don’t dump anything that might hurt the environment!
Use a Drain Cover
A drain cover is especially useful for preventing clogged drains in your kitchen. They stop unwanted debris from making its way down your drain while you’re washing dishes. Sure, they’re a little gross to remove and clean but it’s better than a drain clogged with penne.
Use a Hair Catching Brush as Part of Your Regular Bathroom Cleaning
An accumulation of hair can cause major clogs in your bathroom drain. Rather than wait until you have an unmanageable blockage, use a hair catching brush to remove hair from your drain whenever you clean your bathroom. Another suggestion: use a device like the DrainWig that collects hair as you shower. Just remove and replace it every few months.
Use Natural Solutions to Regularly Clean Your Drain
Some common tips for naturally cleaning your drain include hot water, baking soda and lemon juice. While none of the above will completely solve a blockage, they will help to prevent build up and reduce the odour associated with clogged drains.
With regular at home maintenance, you can keep your drains clog-free for years to come.