Q: At the moment, I don’t have any clogs . . . and I’d like to keep it that way. What can I do to prevent clogs from happening?
The only thing better than having a quick, sound solution to a clogged sink or bathtub is not having to deal with the clog in the first place. Here are a few quick and easy tips to help keep things running smoothly.
Tips for the Kitchen Sink
Tips for Sinks with Garbage Disposals
- Avoid letting food scraps go down the drain. Use a drain strainer in your sink to help keep the food out.
- Don’t pour grease or oil down your drain. Instead, pour grease into a sealable container and then throw the sealed container in the trash. Otherwise, grease can stick to the inside of your pipes and lead to a clogged sink.
- Pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain once a week to melt away any fat or grease that may have collected inside your pipes. Be sure to pour the water slowly to avoid any splashing. Also, don’t turn on the garbage disposal immediately afterwards, as splash-back of hot water could occur.
Tips for the Bathroom
- Avoid putting certain types of food in your garbage disposal. The most common troublemakers include banana peels, coffee grounds, eggshells and potato skins. These types of food are thick and/or sticky, so they don’t grind well in disposals.
- Always run a steady stream of cold faucet water while you’re using your garbage disposal. The flow of water will carry waste material fully through the drainage system so that you won’t be left with a clogged sink.
- Clean drain stoppers on a regular basis. Hair, soap scum and other gunk can collect on the stoppers in your sink and tub.
- Never flush heavy paper products down the drain. Excess paper can clog the toilet and/or the whole sewer system.
- Use Drano® Prevention in each of your drains on a monthly basis. This product uses natural enzymes and bacteria to remove the gunk that can eventually lead to a clog. Getting into the habit of preventing clogs is an effective way to stop them from occurring.
- Consider using drain screens on all your drains. These items fit over drain openings to help prevent food, hair, soap scum and other gunk from entering your drain in the first place. You can often find drain screens at bed and bath stores
- Never dump paint or paint thinner down your drains.
- If you have your own septic tank, have a professional inspect it every two to three years. Some regions require septic-tank inspection on a regular basis. Check with your local health board about the rules in your community.