When the drains in your home back up it can be a huge inconvenience for you and your family. All of a sudden you are unable to use that drain or area of your home. Even worse is when debris and waste come back up the clogged drain making a mess no one wants to clean up. If you notice that the drains in your kitchen, bathroom or basement are draining slowly, act now before the problem gets worse.
Things to avoid to prevent drain clogs
In your bathtub or shower, the main culprits of drain clogs are soap scum, hair, dirt and skin flakes which are a result of showering and bathing. Usually they take time to build up and eventually turn into a clogged drain. Keeping an eye out for slow draining water will let you know a full-blown clog is in the future and you should bring a professional plumber in to give the drain a proper cleaning.
Bathroom sinks are very prone to clogs with various buildups occurring due to accumulations of toothpaste, soap, hair, and other debris building up over time. Most of these are unavoidable if you are regularly using the sink, so like your shower looking for slow draining water is the best indicator a clog is on the way and it is time to call in the professionals.
Toilets are sensitive to what can be flushed and what shouldn’t be flushed. However, as those with small children can attest, some things should never be flushed down the toilet such as toys, pet hair, floss, feminine hygiene products, too much toilet paper and more. Flushing the wrong things down a toilet will cause toilet paper to get wound around them causing clogs to form.
In the kitchen, you should always remember that your sink can’t wash down things you should be putting in the garbage disposal. You should always scrape large food chunks into the trash or compost. The disposal should only be used to break up the food you couldn’t scrape into the garbage. If you wash a lot of left over food down your sink, you will probably soon find that your drain has become clogged. Other items to avoid washing down your sink are grains and rice which expand in water, coffee grinds, peels, rinds, grease and fat.
Suspect you are suffering from a clog?
If you are worried that you have a clog forming in your toilet, shower or sink, watching how fast the water drains should be your first indicator of a problem. Water that is draining slower than normal, or pooling means you have a problem and should call a plumber to come assess the problem, clean out the drain removing the clog completely so it doesn’t reform.