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Have a Clogged Drain?

  • October 2013
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What’s the reason you have a clogged drain? Everyday use sends hair, soap scum and grease down the drain, which can become a nasty clog over time. Foreign objects, such as toys, facial tissues, diapers and other objects that don’t belong in the toilet can cause a stoppage there, as well.

Clogged drains can quickly turn into a messy situation. That’s why you want to avoid clogs at all cost. While the only thing to do if you have a clogged drain is to get down and dirty with the help of a plumber, you can take several steps to prevent clogs. Here are eight tips to help your plumbing system continue to flow smoothly.

  • If you don’t have a garbage disposal, diligently scrape off the food remains before you put the dishes in the sink. Over time, grease and food particles can clog a kitchen drain.
  • Flush out the disposal immediately after dumping scraps down the drain or when water starts to back up into the sink. Turn on the cold water so that it flows down the drain as the disposal runs. This helps to prevent buildup in the drain.
  • Never pour grease down any plumbing fixture. Once it cools completely, grease hardens into a gelatinous mass. To prevent a nasty clog, allow the grease to cool a little, pour it into a disposable container, and throw it away.
  • Place strainers over shower drains in your bathrooms to catch hair and pieces of soap. Clean the strainers regularly.
  • Flush only human waste and toilet paper. Wet wipes, facial tissues, feminine products, diapers and other products can clog a toilet. You might be shocked to see what something as small as cotton swabs can do if they’re thrown down a toilet every day. Use the trash can instead.
  • Consider a thinner brand of toilet paper if your toilet becomes clogged easily.
  • Clean bathroom sink stoppers regularly.
  • If your home has a septic system, pump it out every few years, and check for proper function.

If you have a clogged drain and need more help, contact Meyer’s. We have served the Highland, St. John and Schererville area since 1951.