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Start of Problems

Drains are one of those things that most people do not think about until something goes wrong with it. Perhaps it’s because drains are for the most part invisible. And when it does go wrong, it usually grinds life to a halt. Now suddenly you are looking at a flooded kitchen or bathroom. Most people will try and do a quick fix and try moving on. This usually involves taking the plunger to the drain, do a quick fix and move on with life. This is understandable, but it is not a long-term solution. In worst case scenarios, a plumber must come and snake the drains.

Life of Drains

Drains of any kind have a life of their own, therefore keeping them working is a battle with two fronts. The first is the type of material that gets sent down the drain and the second is continued maintenance. People forget that there are grease traps and sink stoppers, which have limits on their capacity. If it is the kitchen sink you are talking about, then continuous dumping of food parts and grease will cause the drain to clog. Even greasy pots and pans can be an issue. When cleaning greasy things, use hot water as much as possible. As far as food items are concerned, always use the waste disposal system while the water is running, every time. 

If Nothing Else Works

For shower and bathtub drains, use drain screens to filter out hair and other solid matter from going down the drain. It’s also not a good idea to pour chemicals such as paint thinners down the drain. Every few weeks pour hot water down the drains. This is one of the most simple, natural and effective ways to keep the pipes from clogging.

Using a plunger regularly, even for a short time, will go a long way to keeping things going smooth. When using a plunger in a sink, make sure to clog the overflow vent with a cloth, and fill the sink with water to seal the surroundings of the plunger. This will give the plunger great suction power. If that doesn’t work, then give Plumbing Authority a call at 647-992-7473.