People’s everyday habits can have a profound impact on their homes’ plumbing, for better or for worse. Unfortunately, knowing what’s good and bad for your home’s plumbing isn’t always common knowledge. When it comes to the drains, in particular, there are some key points that everyone should know to avoid problems like smelly sinks and nasty clogs.
Use these tips to keep your drainage system healthy and clog-free.
1. Use drain guards.
Drain guards are a great way to keep your plumbing clear of potential clog-causers. Use drain guards in your kitchen sink to keep food from ending up in your pipes. Mesh drain guards are also great for showers and bathtubs because they catch loose hair.
2. Keep grease, oil, and fat out of your sink.
When cooking with grease, oil, or fat, it’s better to throw them in the garbage than to rinse them down the drain. If needed, you can save cooking grease in an empty jar or milk carton in your refrigerator until you’re ready to throw it out.
3. Flush hot water down your kitchen drain after washing dishes.
Even if you aren’t pouring grease down the drain, your dishes will still be greasy when you wash them and may contain oily food remnants. Running hot water down the drain will help keep those food remnants moving through the pipes and prevent them from coating the pipe walls.
4. Run some ice through your garbage disposal.
This is a quick and easy way to “clean” your garbage disposal. As the impellers rotate and grind through the ice, the ice pieces clear away grease and grimy food remnants.
5. Opt for liquid soap over bar soap.
Bar soap tends to form tougher soap scum than liquid soap. Over time, that scum accumulates on your pipe walls and can contribute to clogs.
6. Don’t flush any trash down the toilet except for toilet paper.
That means no napkins, “flushable” wipes, facial tissue, dental floss, cotton balls, feminine hygiene products, or anything else that isn’t toilet paper. The only reason our plumbing systems can accept toilet paper is that the sheets are made to break down quickly when touched by water. Other paper will hold its shape for much longer, which could result in a clog.
To schedule an appointment with an experienced Shreveport plumber, call Bobby L. Greene Plumbing & Heating Co., Inc. or contact us online.