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Prevent Drain Clogs with These Tips

Plumber unclogging a tub drain with an electric auger.You might not be surprised to learn that the #1 most common plumbing problem is the drain clog. Everyone has dealt with a clogged up or slow drain at some time or another. Our professional plumbers offer Durham, NC drain cleaning to rid homes of these clogs all the time.

But what if you could avoid drain clogs altogether? While we’re here to relieve your drain clogs in the most effective ways possible (liquid drain cleaners you can buy at the store are not the answer) we also love to help our customers out. That means sharing some tips with you to help you avoid plumbing problems to begin with.

Use Drain Covers or Drain Screens

There are a number of things that can get stuck down in your drains. Soap scum, hair, and objects accidentally knocked down into drains are among the most frequent sources of drain clogs. But you can stop most of these from going down the drain by using a cover or a screen.

These drain covers are sold at any hardware or home improvement store, and are very easy to place over the drains in order to strain out unwanted particles. Screens require a little more for installation, and you may choose to hire a plumber after all to do this. Also, both drain covers and screens do need to be removed and cleaned off occasionally so they don’t get too clogged with debris.

Keep FOG Out of Your Kitchen Sink

If you’re not already familiar, “FOG” stands for fats, oils, and grease. These byproducts of cooking are serious enemies to your kitchen sink drain. They may be liquid while they’re hot, but as they cool down from the air of your drain vents, they congeal and harden, making FOG difficult to remove. We suggest that rather than pouring FOG down the drain, you instead pour it into a separate receptacle—like a tin can—and then dispose of it in the garbage.

Run Hot Water down Your Kitchen Drain after Use

Hopefully, you’re already practicing good habits in your kitchen and you aren’t even putting FOG down the drain. But if you can’t avoid it, then we at least recommend running hot water when doing so, as this may help break apart the FOG and allow it to flow easier down the drains. However, keep in mind that it still has the opportunity to cool and harden as it reaches your sewer pipe, which can be a far messier and more expensive problem!

Schedule Routine Plumbing Maintenance/Drain Cleaning

Professional drain cleaning isn’t just a service to relieve existing clogs. It helps prevent clogs from forming in the future, too. Our professional plumbers use a process called hydro-jetting to scour your pipes clean. This gets rid of any debris that could cause buildup as you use your plumbing appliances—from FOG, hair, soap scum, lime scale, and more.

At One Call Plumbing, we are blending technology with traditional values. Contact us today for exceptional plumbing services!

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