How to Prevent a Clogged Drain

Clogged drains can be detrimental in that they can disallow you from using certain necessary appliances in the home, such as the sink, the toilet, the washing machine and the shower. This can cause many frustrating problems, especially for a family, as these items can take a very long time to be fixed. While this can be a huge issue, there are most definitely measures that can be taken in order to be preventative, as opposed to having to deal with this issue once its grown in size. Let’s take a look at some of the ways to prevent a clogged drain.

Utilize Everyday Products

Everyday products can be extremely helpful in the sense that they are inexpensive and effective. Some of the most helpful everyday products are right at your fingertips. These include hot water, vinegar and baking soda, most of which we can find easily in a cabinet, kitchen or bathroom area. Here’s a breakdown of how you can use these items to prevent a clogged drain.

  • Hot Water: Running hot water after putting food and liquids down a sink can be absolutely beneficial in the fact that hot water flushes grease down a drain, as well as it helps break apart food. This is important because it’s the simplest way to avoid getting a clogged drain.
  • Vinegar: Vinegar is highly acidic, as it contains acetic acid. This makes it an organic solvent which removes organic build up and breaks down food products.
  • Baking Soda: Baking soda is an amazing cleaning agent that has been used for a very long time. While it cleans, it also absorbs bad smells and leaves it smelling nice.

Catch Hair and Food Before It Goes Down the Drain

While a sink containing a garbage disposal is okay, it is important to remove and filter out any food from going down the drain. Grease should not be put down the drain, as well as water absorbing foods, like rice and pasta, because these will cause a gunky clog that is very difficult to remove. Grease is a different story, as it congeals when it cools down, causing you and your family many issues with drain clogs. Alongside this, it is always important to filter out hair from the sink and shower as well. This will help to avoid any clogging, as hair gets tangled and stuck in a shower drain very easily.
While there are many ways to remove clogs, being preventative is great and will cause you less stress in the future. To learn more about clogs, or if you need help with a clog, feel free to contact us, or reach us directly by calling 781-944-8043.

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