The drains in the average home are subjected to quite a lot of abuse by their owners. Not to say that homeowners are going out of their way to destroy their drain system. However, they often do either take actions that are bad for the drains or neglect to take actions that are good for them. If you’re interested in keeping your drains in good condition for as long as possible, you should follow the tips below.
Don’t Put FOG Down Your Drains!
No, we’re not talking about the moisture clouds that set the scene for so many horror stories and thrillers. FOG stands for Fats, Oils, and Grease, which are common cooking byproducts found in kitchens across the country. When homeowners are done using these materials, they often pour them down the drain. This is a very bad thing for your kitchen drain, because the FOG tends to congeal into a viscous semi-solid gunk when it cools to room temperature. The FOG then sticks to the walls of the pipe and restricts the flow of water through it. Find other ways to dispose of these materials aside from pouring them down the drain, and your system will be better off for it.
Don’t Use Store Bought Drain Cleaners!
Drain clogs are a pain, we know, but there is a right and a wrong way to deal with them. The wrong way is to grab the closest bottle of whatever toxic, caustic store bought junk you’ve got under your sink and pour it down the drain. Store bought drain cleaners will often clean out the drain, but they also eat away at the drain pipes themselves. This will weaken your pipes, making it more likely for them to spring leaks and causing them to require replacement earlier. The best way to keep your drains clog-free is to schedule professional drain cleaning every year or two, and every time you need a specific clog cleaned out. Professional drain cleaning technique do not use harmful chemicals, and are designed to protect the pipes instead of damaging them.
Know When to Call for Professional Services!
Obviously, when your drain is already clogged you know that it’s time to have a professional take a look at it for you. There are other, earlier warning signs that you should keep an eye out for when it comes to drain issues, though. Slow drainage often means that there is a clog forming in your drain pipe. Bad smells can indicate one of several different issues with your drain and sewer system, all of which are going to require professional services to repair. If your drains begin to display any symptoms out of the ordinary, it’s a good idea to have a professional plumber you trust take a look at them just to be safe.