Drain repair and clogs can very easily rank among the top problems in your list when it comes to house maintenance. Plumbing is a very messy business, and just the thought of what plumbers have to deal with on a daily basis is nightmarish. In fact, expert plumbing company and plumber will tell you how they have pulled just about everything you can imagine that can fit in a drainage pipe, from hosts of dead rodents and dead raccoons to dentures, etc. The list is practically almost endless.
This article aims to help you try to prevent any of the problems and issues that can lead to your drainage system clogging.
- Fruit peels and rinds
Never put fruit peels or rinds into your drainage even if you find that they can fit. These products don’t break down easily, and by the time they do, your drains will have been clogged. Use the trash for these food wastes.
- Starches and fibrous foods
Yes! Starchy and fibrous foods can also lead to drain clog. These food products, corn, potatoes, onion skins, artichokes, etc. Can expand and wrap around the blades of your kitchen drain which can end up damaging the motor and end up causing a big backup. Again, using the garbage disposal can save you a lot of headaches with these foodstuffs.
- Grease, fats, and oils
Never allow grease to go down your kitchen sink. Grease will end up coating the pipes and create sludge. And if they build up over time, then they can constrict the pipe size, which ultimately prevents anything else from getting down the drain.
- Cotton swabs and feminine products
Plumbers claim that they keep finding feminine products and even cotton swabs in blocked drains. The best way you can prevent this is to use the trash bins.
- Cosmetic Towelettes and wipes
As much as it looks flushable, don’t risk getting it into your drainage system. If it’s not toilet paper or human waste, then it probably doesn’t belong in your drain. And almost all of these materials don’t break down and the ones that do take ages by which time your drains will be blocked.
- Kitty litter
You must never dump your kitty litter in your toilets, especially if mixed with sand. These substances can create huge clogs in your drains and end up blocking them once they get into your pipes.
Egg shells are also known to wrap around shredder rings which can eventually damage the disposal systems. The sand-like nature of the eggshells can also cause major clogs in your drains.
So, you have a kid in the house who has more toys that he/she needs. Then one day you come home and find the toilet won’t flush and wonder what’s wrong. You call the plumber only to find some toys down the pipes. Yes! Small toys have a habit of ending up in the drains, especially if kids are involved.
- Dental floss and hair
Dental floss is non-biodegradable so don’t risk flushing them if you don’t want them to heap up in your drains and cause clogs. The same goes for hair which can form knots in the drains and clump the drainage system just as well.