Plumbing Blunders: How to Keep from Clogging Your Drains

Indoor plumbing is one of the great advancements of modern technology. That being said, it does not always run as smoothly or as perfectly as you would like. One of the ways that indoor plumbing at times can fail someone is by the drains clogging. This can often happen either in sinks or in the shower. These clogs can be a hassle to fix and can be unsanitary to deal with as well. Thankfully, there are some easy ways to help keep clogs from forming in your drains. Below are some ideas on how to do just that.

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Beware of Hair

Hair clogs can be a huge problem for drains. For men, this is typically true of the sink after shaving. If you regularly shave over a sink, and shave a lot of hair into the sink, you will most likely have problems with clogging down the road.

The same is true for shaving legs in the bathtub. Any accumulation of hair over time can cause blockage in the drains. To avoid this dilemma, try to not shave hair over drains, if possible. Thankfully, there are businesses that give thorough drain cleaning.


Properly Dispose of Oil

It can often be tempting after cooking to simply dump any excess oil or fat down the drain. This, however, is not a good strategy for excess oil disposal, as this over time can cause your drains to clog. Oil, while in heated liquid form, may seem like it will go down the drain easily. The problem, according to Jennifer Welsh’s article in Business Insider UK is that the grease and fat ends up binding with material in the sewer, and even in your home pipes, which eventually can cause backups.

According to the article, these combinations are termed “fatbergs” and can cause serious problems with sewer overflows. To avoid these, the article advises to dispose small amounts of fats or congealed oils into the garbage, or to take larger amounts to areas designated for oil disposal.

In the end, everyone knows that clogged drains can be a pain. This is why calling professionals like those at First Star Plumbing can be a huge help. No one wants to deal with backwater in their sinks, tubs or other areas of the house. While everyone knows that they want to avoid a clog, not everyone knows how clogs are formed in the first place. Hopefully the information and tips above have helped you learn how clogs are formed, as well as some simple ways to help avoid them.

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