Having a clogged drain is one of the most annoying things that can happen inside a home. Whether it be the toilet, bathtub, or sink, a clogged drain can be a pain to deal with. To understand how to fix clogs, you must know the most common causes, and also some prevention methods so you won’t have to fix clogs in the future.
Most clogs in the bathroom occur from dirt and dead skin paired with loose hair that especially gets caught on the inside of the pipe. This slowly happens over time as soap particles that don’t dissolve stick to the inner walls, which can then catch other gunk and build up.
To prevent this from happening, install a hair strainer drain cover. Doing this, along with regularly cleaning your drain stoppers, should prevent any big clogs from building up.
According to Lifehacker, they also suggest to routinely pour hot boiling water down the drain, even before it gets backed up. This consistent maintenance tip is a better course of action to take versus spending an excessive amount of time trying to unclog a backed up drain.
These are the nastiest of the clogs. Usually, toilets get clogged because of people flushing debris and other items that shouldn’t be flushed. These can include floss, tissue, baby wipes, and other hygiene products. The plunger is your best bet when something gets stuck.
However, if everybody just avoids flushing these types of items and sticks to things that dissolve in water, your toilet should be just fine.
If your toilet is exhibiting a slow flush, this might be a sign that a clog is starting to form. To avoid a full out clog, it is advisable to take your toilet plunger and take care of the problem immediately. Remember, key is to use a toilet plunger. Toiletadvisors gives a good description on how to distinguish the two: sink plungers have a cup-shaped rubber cup and toilet plungers have a bell shaped rubber cups.
The most common cause of clogs in the kitchen sink is grease. Pouring grease down the drain is one of the worst things that you can do to a pipe. If the grease is hot it will be thin and watery, but as soon as it cools down, it hardens.
Once grease is poured down the drain, the cold pipes and water will start to harden it immediately and it can get stuck to the inner walls of the pipe. To avoid this, simply put your grease in a plastic bag and seal it, now you can throw it in the garbage. If its too little grease to go through the trouble, make sure that it is heavily diluted with hot water and soap or detergent before you pour it down the drain.
Other preventative measures include pouring hot boiling water down your sink drain weekly. Once again, it is better to do this task weekly versus having to deal with a clogged drain in the future. Pouring baking soda or vinegar on a regular basis is also advisable as it will will flush your drain.
If after all of these preventative measures you find that your drains are clogged, you can call a professional to take care of this problem. Aquamaster Drain, Plumbing and Waterproofing specializes in drain repair, drain cleaning and basement waterproofing with over 20 years of experience.