Clogged drains are a very common problem to have in your New York home. As we all rely on the drains without giving them much thought, few consider the maintenance and preventative measures until they have a clog to deal with. Kitchen sinks are susceptible to food particles while bathtubs are prone to shampoo and soap residues as well as shed hair. Bathroom sinks have product, soap, toothpaste, and other residues clogging them. Not only an inconvenience, clogged drains can also create new problems and stop normal day-to-day activities. Such activities include bathing, cooking, or washing your hands. All of these tasks are hindered by a clogged drain. Leaving them clogged only develops further problems that can impact the structure, resulting in thousands of dollars in damage. Today we at Agape Heating, Air Conditioning, and Plumbing would like to elaborate further on how you can prevent clogged drains.
Using Hot Water, Thoroughly Flush the Drain
There are many residues and substances that do not start as solids. For a few examples, grease from food and conditioners from your hair regimen seemingly slide down the drains easily enough and travel through the piping and into the wastewater supply, however this is not always the case unfortunately. These types of substances can solidify in the drains and create clogs. A preventative measure is simply flushing your drains with hot water once a day. The hot water will help prevent these substances break down and flush through the pipes. An even better approach is flushing your drain with hot water whenever these substances our first going through the drain.
Stop Hair from Going Down Drain in Shower
Sinks in the bathroom are generally clogged because of the volumes of hair it collects. A disgusting mess that will eventually stop the flow of water entirely is the hair that gets trapped and snarls up. It is optimal to avoid any hair from going down the drain, which is easily done by using a cheap hair catcher that are available at department stores and home improvement stores. These devices do not require any type of installation as they fit easily by placing them over the drain. You can stop the hair from going down the drain and simply empty the catcher after your shower, as cheap as they are, you can trash the device if you do not want to mess with cleaning the hair out.
What NOT to Put Down Your Kitchen Drain
Most are guilty of letting the garbage disposal handle the plethora of kitchen of waste. Garbage disposals are not as sturdy as you think. Should your kitchen sink clog frequently, you are likely using the garbage disposal beyond its capability. Below is a list of common items that people send through the garbage disposal that is better suited for the trashcan. If you are ever in doubt, consult the manual or simply just throw it in the trash to be safe.
– Seeds, pits, or peelings from fruits and vegetables
– Pasta or rice
– Coffee grounds
– Sweet potatoes
– Dental floss or other stringy items
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Even if with preventative maintenance you should consider an annual drain cleaning from your professionals of Agape Heating, Air Conditioning, and Plumbing to ensure your drains are running smoothly and prevent clogs. Call us today to schedule your drain cleaning service.