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How To Prevent Clogging In Your Pipes

Clogging pipes

One of the more annoying things to deal with are clogged pipes. When you're washing your hands, brushing your teeth, or taking a shower, watching the water drain slower than normal and building up is pretty annoying to see.

Well, clogged drains are an easily preventable and fixable issue. If your pipes and drains require further attention than just a simple declogging, here at Traditional Plumbing we offer drain cleaning and repair services.

Here we've laid out a few tips and tricks to ensure that your drains are clog-free and drain in no time flat.

Use A Drain Grate Or Screen

Using a drain grate, screen, or catcher will allow for any debris, hair, or food particles to be caught and easily disposed of. Having these things in your drain and build up can mean clogs and slow draining water.

Drain grates, screens, and catchers are best utilized in the kitchen sink, as this sink sees the most debris. Especially if you don't have a garbage disposal, drain grates, screens, and catchers will be in your best interest. Severely clogged drains may need the professional touch of a plumber.

In the shower, there are drain catchers specially made for catching hair. You can easily put them on the drain to catch any and all hair that finds its way to the drain and is easily removable to dispose of the hairs.

Avoid Using Chemical Cleaning Products

There are plenty of chemical cleaning products out there to clean and unclog your pipes. While some are safe for you and the environment, you'll need to take special care when it comes to your pipes. Some cleaning products, especially declogging products, can damage and corrode your pipes.

These damages and corrosion can lead to flecking of the inner walls of the pipe which can accumulate and form a clog. Further corrosion can even cause the pipe to become weakened and spring a leak. In this case, it's best to call for the services of a plumber.

Be Cautious With Your Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals are an amazing tool to have in your kitchen, but know the proper ways to use them and what can and cannot be put into them.

Be sure to avoid putting grease, oil, bones, eggshells, and meat down your garbage disposal. These items can accumulate and create clogs. Instead, scrape these items or leftovers on your plate into the garbage. Also, be sure to use cold water when using the garbage disposal as hot water tends to encourage the waste in garbage disposals to congeal and can cause clogging.

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