How to Prevent Clogged Drains

Most people rarely think about the drain lines in their home, until there is a problem. Our drain lines carry water and waste away from our homes, and into the sewer lines. And when there’s an issue, it can cause big problems. A clog can slow the drains down, or even stop them from running, and when that happens, a back-up can occur.

What You Can Do

Luckily, there are steps you can take to keep your drains running clean and smooth, as follows:

  • Watch the Greasy Food and Sauces: Grease can cause major issues when it gets into a drain, and is often the root of clogs. Even if grease going down the drain doesn’t cause an immediate clog, it can get caught up in the pipes further down the line, and create issues there. Pouring fat down the drain isn’t the only way issues crop up. Greasy sauces and food can add to the problem. Even if you have a garbage disposal, don’t send greasy foods or sauces down the drain. This can include butter, salad dressings, meat trimmings, and creamy sauces.
  • Don’t Let Your Hair Go Down the Drain: Hair can also create clogs in drains and pipes, and can often be difficult to remove with a plunger. Use a hair catcher made of fine mesh at all times to prevent any from going down the drain, and keep your drains clear.
  • Be Aware of Soap Scum: Soap scum is also a big contributor to clogs. If you live in an area with hard water, the water will react with the soap to form what is called soap scum — a sticky, slimy scum. A whole-home water softener can help with this issue, as can switching to liquid soaps and body washes. Liquid soaps are far less prone to creating soap scum.
  • Keep the Drain Lines Clean: Prevention can go a long way, and cleaning your drain lines at regular intervals can keep things running properly, before an issue crops up. Basically, a plumber should come and clean your drain lines every year and a half or so, to prevent more costly visits down the road.

If you think your drain pipes may be in need of a cleaning, it’s important to call a professional. At Liberty Plumbing, we’ve been helping homeowners in Northern Virginia clean drain lines for years! Learn more about our drain cleaning services here.

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