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Don't Worry Over Clogged Drains

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

The threat of a clogged drain doesn’t have to keep you up at night.

Every home suffers a clogged drain now and again. Despite that, clogging doesn’t need to be a traumatic experience. A few easy measures can help alleviate the issue.

Preventing Clogs
First, reduce the odds of a clog afflicting your toilet by never flushing these items.

Diaper wipes
Dental Floss
Feminine hygiene products
Cotton swabs

Never flush anything that cannot easily dissolve in water.
Kitchen sinks often get stopped up as a result of cooking grease. When combined with soap scum and undissolved food particles, the resulting sludge often becomes a nasty stoppage, so never pour grease down a kitchen drain. An improperly installed drainpipe vent, especially one on a slope, can further exacerbate the problem.

The most common culprit causing a clogged drain in the bathroom is a nasty hybrid of hair, skin flakes, and dirt. These particles easily bind with soap scum, causing the resulting muck to stick to drainpipe walls. Utilizing a hair strainer that fits neatly over the drain can help catch this mess before it becomes a nuisance.

Fixing Clogs
If you experience a slow drain, it might be a sign of bigger problems. Before calling a professional, here are a few things you might try on your own. First, attempt cleaning the drain stopper with soap and water. Failing that, see if a simple plunger does the trick; it’s a perfect potential remedy for any type of drain. Alternatively, you might remove a pipe blockage with an inexpensive plumber’s snake.
In instances where these steps aren’t enough to alleviate the issue, remove the elbow joint, and perform a thorough cleaning. If your situation is more than these basic measures can handle, you may need a plumber, one who can arrive at your location in Garland, TX, on your schedule.

The threat of a clogged drain doesn’t have to keep you up at night. Just follow a few straightforward precautions and be prepared for when the inevitable strikes.

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