Eight Tips To Prevent Clogged Drains This Spring

clogged kitchen sinkEven at the best of times, plumbing is a messy business. We should thank professional plumbers for helping us deal with some of the plumbing issues in our kitchens, toilets, and bathrooms. However, when it comes to the care of our plumbing system, we are not entirely innocent, especially when it comes to clogged drains. Sometimes, our actions contribute to clogged drains and other problems that plumbers solve for us.

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Tips To Prevent A Clogged Drain East Texas PA

There are many things that we put down our drain that can cause a clogged drain. Below are some of the most common causes of a clogged drain.

Avoid Fruit Peels And Rinds

One way to protect your drain is to watch what you put in your sink. Fruits are healthy for you, but fruit peels, seeds, and rinds are bad for your drains. Make a conscious effort to keep fruit peels and skins away from your drain, and you will prevent clogs.

Egg Shells & Drains

clogged drainsYou can enjoy your boiled eggs but do not let the egg shells get anywhere near your drains. Eggshells can damage the disposal system of your drains. Also, the sand-like consistency of these shells can lead to clogged pipes.

Starchy And Fibrous Foods Can Cause Clogged Drains

Starchy and fibrous foods have no business in your kitchen sink. When you overcook starchy and fibrous foods, (like potatoes, beans, pasta or rice) they turn into a soft and pasty substance. This substance is likely to clog your kitchen drain if you dump them in the kitchen sink.

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Grease, Oil, Fats & Drains Do Not Mix

If you have a habit of dumping all the grease and fats from leftover food into the kitchen sink, you might be setting up your drains for a significant problem. Grease will definitely build up over time. When this happens, your pipes get constricted and this prevents good drainage. If your kitchen sink drain is clogged, do not delay. Get in touch with a professional plumber and this expert will solve the problem for you.

Hair, Dental Floss, And Other Stringy Stuff

hair in drainOne thing you should not do is dump dental floss down your bathroom drain. Dental floss is not biodegradable. If you shave in your bathroom, (most people do) you may be looking for trouble. The hair can easily form clumps and knots in your drain. When this happens, the result is significant clogs, and this is something you do not need.

Wipes And Cosmetic Towelettes Cause Pipe Clogs

The only thing you can put in your toilet is toilet paper. Some people believe you can flush wipes, such as baby wipes and cosmetic towels. Now, this is not true because these things do not fall apart like toilet paper and they do not break down. Avoid putting wipes and cosmetic towelettes in your toilet, and you will prevent clogs.

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Feminine Products And Cotton Swabs Shouldn’t Go In The Plumbing Lines

This one should be a no-brainer, but we have to mention it here because many plumbers find these things in drain and pipes. In fact, some manufacturers of these products have strict instruction on how users should dispose of feminine products and cotton swabs. Unfortunately, some people keep dumping these items in the toilet. When you flush, these products, they might leave the toilet, but they cause serious problems elsewhere. Give your drains a break. Stop flushing feminine products and cotton swabs.

Prevent Toys From Being Flushed

No adult in his or her right mind will flush a toy or try to force one down the kitchen sink. However, kids can put their toys in the most unlikely places. Keep an eye on your kids and teach them not to dump their toys in the wrong places.


Final Word

If your drain is clogged, there is only one thing you should do. Contact a competent and experienced plumber to inspect the pipes and solve the problem. They will know the true nature of the problem and find the best and most affordable solution to fix it.

Robinson Plumbing offers affordable, honest, and high-quality plumbing services for residents and businesses of the area. As a family-owned business, our priority lies in delivering positive customer experiences. Be sure to call Robinson Plumbing if you have a problematic clogged drain or for any other of your plumbing needs.

Some of the areas that we service in Lower Macungie Township include Alburtis, East Texas, Macungie, Trexlertown and these zip codes 18011, 18046, 18062, 18087 as well as all surrounding areas in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.

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