How many times have you found yourself looking down at your feet in the shower because the water is simply no longer draining properly - or how many times have you found your bathroom sink filling up with water while brushing your teeth? It's happened to many of us. In fact, clogs is one of the problems we receive the most calls about. When tending to these calls, we always make sure to review our customer's drainage, pipes, and their performance. For example, many times we find that in the kitchen, the garbage disposal has been used for everything. This weakens the blades and clogs the garbage disposal, many times even causing a negative scent that could at times be smelled from the moment one walks into the kitchen.
The good news is that these problems can be prevented. Please find below a list of 6 simple things you can do now to prevent a clog later. Not only will they save you money, but also time, and a possible headache.
Guilty! How many of us have been guilty of letting our hair wash away into our shower drains or even the sink? When shampooing and conditioning your hair, we recommend that you purchase a barrier, like a hair catching screen, to keep hair from getting into your plumbing pipes and slowing down your drains. A simple and cost effective way to prevent your drains from clogging.
Our fur babies can also be guilty of causing drains to clog. Hair catching screen can also help us prevent clogged drains when giving our little ones a bath.
It's very common to think that grease may be disposed in the kitchen sink or garbage disposal, however, even when hot it can damage the plumbing. Grease will harden and solidify as it cools and get stuck on the drains. When grease is dumped down the drain, it sticks to the sides of your plumbing pipes, cool, and harden. As a result, you’ll be left with a slow draining sink or garbage disposal that will not work to its full potential.
It can shock many to think that soap could hurt pipes, but it can. Soap can actually cause clogged drains over time. If you have hard water in your home, soap may coat the insides of your pipes, restricting the flow of water and delivering water that is not as clean as we would wish it would be. Hard water can leave your skin feeling like it has a soapy film after a nice shower, making you want to rinse it off multiple times. Hard water can also make your skin and hair dull, as well as contribute to hair loss and dandruff.
Now that we know hard water can cause hair loss and dandruff, let's look into what it can do to your pipes. If you have hard water at home full of minerals, these mineral deposits can cling to the sides of your pipes, making it easier for other materials to get stuck and clog your drains. There are ways to clean the water in your house and provide you and your family with the cleanest water. Call us at 214-328-7371 and ask us about the various water filtration systems we have available to our customers.
Baby wipes, even when the packaging claims they are "flushable", they are not and should be disposed in the trash - not the toilet. We shouldn’t flush anything other than toilet paper and waste down the toilet drains. Products like baby wipes do not break down as well as toilet paper does and as a result can cause some serious plumbing clogs.