Plumber Tips on Avoiding Drain Problems
Drain problems are not just gross and nasty, they are also terribly inconvenient and could cause the homeowner a significant expense. Plumbers say, a homeowner’s conscious effort to carefully use their drain system is the best way to avoid drainage-related problems.
Like lowering household expenses, or electrical use, avoiding drain problems takes the effort of the whole household. Everyone has to cooperate so that the drain problem is kept at bay. Children are best trained to use the drains correctly so that they do not end up abusing their purpose. Kids should likewise know that the toilet flush mechanism is not a toy nor magic.
Best Ways to Avoid Drainage Issues
The best way to avoid problems in a home drainage system is to care for it consistently. Refraining from using it as a catch-all for all kitchen and food waste is tantamount to giving the drainage system a death sentence. The starch, fat, and other substances found in food wastes and particles tend to bond together and form a blockage that could even emit a foul odor. This blockage can cause leaks and even cause bursting pipes.
Pouring kitchen grease in the drains is very detrimental to the drainage systems too. When the fat hardens up and effectively blocks the whole diameter of the drainpipes. Some on the other hand stick to the wall of the pipes, and eventually harden and affect the integrity of the pipes.
Preventing Drain Damage
Over the counter drain cleaning solutions may seem like a viable solution to slow and clogged drains, but these harsh chemicals do more harm than good. The chemicals contained in it are too strong that it could end up corroding the pipes. When used regularly, the drain pipes could leak due to the damage brought by the over the counter drain cleaning solutions. Use hot water and baking soda instead to clear drains, and an old-fashioned plunger and augur. If these steps do not work, then call an emergency plumber to unclog the drains.
Moving forward, homeowners should install drain catchers to prevent food particles from getting into the drain pipes. Homeowners should also install Drain catchers in shower and tub areas to trap hair and soap bits.