Avoiding Clogged Drains

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Unclogging the kitchen sink drain is so much harder compared to just ensuring that food bits, grease and oil, do not go down your drain on a daily basis. (Photo Credits: Will Powell, cc: Some Rights Reserved)

Four easy ways to ensure that clogged drains will not bother your household

Clogged drains are the most common plumbing problems in a household. While some cases can be solved by Do-It-Yourself methods, some are so severe they affect the plumbing system of a part of the house.

But as they say, prevention is better than cure. It is less expensive and less time-consuming to avoid clogging a home’s drainage than it is to have it repaired.

Here are four ways to avoid clogged drains:
1. Do Routine Maintenance. This exercise does not involve any expense at all, and is very easy. Lifehacker.com advises homeowners to pour a gallon of boiling water in their drainage systems every two weeks. “This helps loosen any hair or gunk clogging the main pathway and push down. After you do this, be sure to run regular warm water for about five minutes just to continue pushing everything as far down and out as you can get it.”

2. Use a Hair Trap. A great way of avoiding clogged drains according to Goodhomeplumbing.com is by setting up a hair trap. This is because hair is the most common culprit of bathroom drainage problems. “A lot of the hair that comes from our bodies will end up in the drain and can cause major clogs over time.”

3. Be mindful of left-over food on the kitchen sink. A key culprit in most kitchen sink clogging, fgsna.com says, are food bits, and even grease and oil. These terrible three, so to speak, cause the backing-up of the kitchen sink drainage. “Do not treat the drain system like a trash can. Collection material that may accumulate to cause a clog before it goes down the drain.”

4. Lock Toiled Lids. If you have very young children in the house, this is your best bet to avoid toilet drainage problems. Goodhomeplumbing.com relates that most of the item found on toilet drain lines are children’s toys and other random objects most likely thrown in by a child. “Small children simply love seeing things disappear down the magical hole.”
If a homeowner would just take time to do preventive measures to avoid drain problems, then a lot of money and energy could be saved, not to mention the stress of having clogged drains could also be avoided.