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5 Ways to Avoid Drain Problems

Technician servicing an hot-water heaterOne of the most frustrating inconveniences that you can have is a drain clog. They hinder you from using vital things in your home like sinks and showers and they’re hard to fix on your own. Luckily, there are a lot of easy ways to avoid drain problems in your home. You don’t have to struggle through drain problems.

The best practice is prevention when it comes to your plumbing system, so we’ve compiled a list of helpful tips to keep your plumbing in shape below. If you do have a problem and need drain cleaning in Champaign, MN then contact our team.

Helpful Tips

When it comes to your plumbing system there are many things you should avoid. Here are a few simple items to avoid putting down your drain.

In the Kitchen


FOG stands for fat, oil, and grease. FOG is the worst enemy of your drain system. Lots of people put FOG down their drain when it’s in a liquid state, the problem with this is that while things may travel down your drain as a liquid, they settle, cool, and then become tacky solids that trap other substances and items travelling down your drain in their midst. If you only walk away from this article with one piece of knowledge make sure you know that you should avoid FOG in your plumbing system at all costs.


Many people believe the common misconception about eggshells being good for their garbage disposal because the shards help sharpen the blade—this is untrue. The film in the eggshell is cumbersome and actually prevents the blade from performing well, and the shards easily get trapped in FOG.

In the Bathroom


The biggest drain clogging culprit in your bathroom is hair. If you haven’t already invested in a filter system for your drain, you should. There are simple hair catchers for any drain on the market. Catching the hair in this filter system and disposing of it after the shower is the best way to avoid a clog in your shower.

Soap Scum

Soap scum is often a surprising culprit. You wouldn’t think that a byproduct of what you use to keep your body clean could post such a big threat to your plumbing system but it does. Soap scum is that white residue that clings to your shower doors, drains, and bathtub. Soap scum is a byproduct of soap and hard water (water with a high amount of mineral content) mixing together. You can also use a mesh trap over your drain to keep soap scum out.


Store-bought Drain Cleaner

Don’t ever use a store-bought chemical drain cleaner in your drain. We know that these items promise to work magic, but the chemicals used in these products are incredibly corrosive. It’s more than likely that this type of chemical cleaner will eat away at your clog but then have your pipe as an after-dinner mint. Chemical drain cleaners might seem cheap up front, but they’ll cost your hundred in repairs.

If you need drain cleaning or repair services, contact Pipeworks Inc. today.

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