Keeping Your Drain Free from Clogs

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No matter where you live in San Diego or the surrounding areas, chances are you’ve experienced the annoyance of a clogged drain. Worse yet are the time, trouble, and expense taken to eliminate the clog and fix the resulting extended damage. For instance, liquid drain cleaners are often too destructive. Got metal pipes? Chemical cleaners erode some metals, weakening pipes in areas and leaving them susceptible to leaks. Sometimes one treatment doesn’t do the trick; multiple attempts with drain cleaners compound the problem without even taking care of the initial clog and leave you with a bigger and more expensive repair job on your hands. Drain snakes are available to handle immediate clogs, unless the blockage is so far back that it’s unreachable except for a professional (for instance, roots in sewage retainers or obstructions in your septic tank).

What’s Down There?

That depends on your drain location. Shower, tub, and bathroom sink drains are notorious for hair, soap scum, dirt, and mineral buildup. Some people pour grease left over from cooking (or any type, really) down the kitchen sink without realizing it solidifies in the piping and, in combination with washed-down leftover food bits, can all too easily become the start of a nasty clog. Others flush things besides toilet paper and waste down the toilet and into its pipe system (where they don’t belong) that can easily back up the toilet and cause it to flood.

How Do I Keep the Junk Out?

Don’t put anything down the drain that doesn’t belong there: no food or grease into the kitchen sink; the trash can is the best place for those items. Nothing should be flushed down the toilet but waste and toilet paper. To catch hair and other large items, screens made to fit over drains can be purchased to prevent unwanted articles from washing down into pipes. If it’s feasible for you to clear out your drain after most showers or baths, it’s best to do so; a little clean-up along the way keeps many plumbing disasters at bay.

If you’ve tried to remove clogs, by either preventative means or snaking the drain yourself, and the obstruction still remains, when in doubt call a plumbing specialist. Don’t wait for the situation to get worse, along with long-term problems like leakages, flooding, and wear-and-tear strain on the whole home piping system.

If you reside in San Diego and the surrounding areas, our plumbing specialists at 1-800-anytyme are certified to handle all drain emergencies you might have and are available everyday 24-7. Just call us at (760) 477-0072.

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