Why Does a Drain Clog?
Drain screens are the first line of defense. A small mesh screen collects any solid or soft debris. Debris can then be put in the trash avoiding any chance of causing clogs.
Pouring grease, even if piping is hot, is like pouring glue down the drain. Any other debris sticks to it. Have a can for grease handy, and once it solidifies throw it out.
Soap scum accumulates and causes clogs. Soap scum and hair binds often causing a stoppage. Limiting over use of soap, toothpaste, and laundry detergent is a best practice.
The best amount of waste possible should be going down any drain. Have a trashcan on hand for any unused vegetables, meat, pasta, coffee grounds, and so on.
Keep a Plunger On Hand
At the first sign of a slowing drain use a plunger to move the clog along. Flush well with water, and then try some of the maintenance methods below.
No matter how hard you try, inevitably drainpipes build up deposits and can cause problems. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Cleaning the Garbage Disposal
Take an ice cube tray, fill it with a 50/50 mix of water and vinegar, and then freeze overnight. Start the disposal and slowly add the cubes. This helps keep the deposal clean and working at its best.
Natural Drain Cleaners
Periodically running hot water with baking soda helps clean deposits. Many people have had good luck with vinegar. Pour a few cups down every drain, wait an hour, and then flush with hot water.
No-matter-what, drains will eventually clog. A plunger and all the tricks will often fail. You could try the drain clearing products available, but likely they won’t work well or for long. Hand snakes are difficult and take some skill to succeed. It’s time for a pro.
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