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Can Drain Clogs Be Prevented?

sink-drain-with-water-running-downThink you don’t have to worry about drain clogs? Figure that when one happens you can just reach for a bottle of store-bought liquid drain cleaner? Think again!

Unfortunately, these harsh chemical “solutions” are anything but a solution for clogged drains. Sure, they may temporarily relieve a clog like a build-up of hair or soap scum. But in the long run, they’re going to do more damage to your pipes than they are good. This is because of the caustic ingredients they’re made up of.

When you do have a drain clog, the best thing you can do is call on our team for professional drain cleaning, which we will elaborate on below. In the meantime, read on to learn how to prevent drain clogs to begin with.

Use Drain Screens and Drain Covers

Materials such as soap scum, hair, and even jewelry or small kid toys that get knocked off the side of the sink are the most frequent causes of clogged drains. You can stop most of this from going down the drain though! How? By putting in a drain screen or placing a drain cover over the drain.

Drain covers are sold at just about any hardware or home improvement store and can simply be placed over the drain. Drain screens, however, sometimes take a little more installation. Please feel free to get in touch with our plumbers for help if you need it!

Keep F.O.G Out Of Your Kitchen Sink

Wondering what FOG is? This stands for fats, oils, and grease and is a byproduct of cooking. Too often, homeowners dump this down their kitchen sink when they’re done cooking. Unfortunately, then it cools and hardens and creates clogs. The best thing you can do in this case is instead poor the FOG into a disposable container and then throw it away in the trash instead of down your sink.

Run Hot Water Down the Drain After Every Use

Even with drain covers and avoiding FOG, it’s never a bad idea to flush your drains with hot water after every use. This will make it a bit harder for material like soap scum or minerals from hard water to grab hold, and will therefore lessen the chance of a clog.

“So What If I Get a Clog Anyway?”

This is where professional drain cleaning comes in. Our professionals use tools like a drain snake or even the more powerful hydro-jet to effectively remove clogs and reduce the risk of more clogs in the future. In the most ideal situation, relieving a drain clog won’t take anything more than a plunger and some elbow grease, but that often is not the case, and when it’s not you should call our professional plumbers. We’ll ensure your pipes are in great shape!

At Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric and Fireplaces, Inc., your comfort is our promise! To set up an appointment with a Waterloo, IA plumber, give us a call at the number above, email or schedule an appointment online.

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