Preventing Clogged Pipes

Clogged drains are the stuff nightmares are made of. They happen at the worst possible times, are time-consuming to deal with, can be expensive to repair and are just generally a headache to deal with. Once a drain is clogged, there is often little choice but to pull out the Drano and call a Fox Valley plumbing professional; however, as a homeowner there are steps you can take to keep your pipes happy.

One of the absolute best ways to prevent slow or clogged drains is to be careful about what you put into them. Mind blowing stuff, right? But, while you likely can’t stop every drain clog, there are steps you can take to prevent most clogs and backups. Here are tips to help keep your drains running freely.

  • Don’t pour grease or oil down the drain. Let grease cool and then put it in a container and throw it away.
  • Put food and coffee grounds in the trash.
  • Use sink strainers and clean them frequently.
  • Always run a steady stream of cold water while using your garbage disposal. The flow of water will carry waste material fully through the drainage system.
  • Consider using drain screens on all your drains. These items fit over drain openings to help prevent food, hair, soap scum and other gunk from entering your drain in the first place.
  • Once a week, pour hot water down the drains to help dissolve grease, soap scum and other buildup before it clogs the pipes.

Good habits and basic maintenance can help prevent those dreaded clogs. In other words, don’t treat your drains like a garbage can and give them some TLC to avoid clogs and backups.