Plunger and Clogged Sink Drain
Plunger and Clogged Sink Drain

13 Ways You Can Prevent Clogged Drains

You take pride in keeping your home in good working order and the last thing you want to do is call a plumber if you have a clog to take care of. Just follow these 13 smart tips to prevent clogs and you’ll succeed at keeping your drains flowing freely, all on your own.


For sinks without disposals

  1. If you don’t have a garbage disposal, avoid letting food scraps go down the drain. Use a drain strainer in your kitchen sink to help keep the food out.

Vegetables Caught in Drain Strainer Over Clear Sink Drain
  1. Don’t pour grease or oil down your sink 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 Kitchen sink.

  2. Pour a kettle of hot water down your kitchen sink 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.

  3. In case of clogs, use Drano® Kitchen Granules Clog Remover (for sinks without a garbage disposal) to help your kitchen sink drain flowing smoothly. It creates heat inside your drain to melt and dislodge greasy clogs.


For sinks with disposals

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Clogs happen but Drano® Max Gel Clog Remover (for sinks with a disposal) helps clear the clog by cutting through standing water and attacking clogs directly at the source. Or if your drain is smelly use Drano® Dual-Force® Foamer Clog Remover which gets rid of drain odors.


In the bathroom

  1. In your bathroom sink and tub, clean drain stoppers on a regular basis. Hair, soap scum and other gunk can collect on the stoppers and slow down the drainage or cause completely clogged tub drains.

  2. Never flush any paper products other than toilet paper down the toilet. Excess paper can clog the toilet and/or the whole sewer system.


General tips

  1. It’s a good idea to have some Drano® Max Gel Clog Remover so if you do get a clog, you’re prepared. Also, use Drano® Max Build-Up Remover in each of your drains on a monthly basis. It's made of enzymes that remove gunk that can lead to a clog. Getting into the habit of preventing clogged drains is an effective way to stop them from occurring!

  2. 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 find drain screens at hardware or bath stores.

Drain Screen Over Unclogged Shower Drain
  1. Never dump paint or paint thinner down your drains!

  2. If you have your own septic tank, have a professional inspect it every 2-3 years. Some regions require septic tank inspection on a regular basis. Check with your local health board about the rules in your community. Also, make sure you remember to have your tank pumped by professionals on a regular basis. To prevent backups, add Drano® Max Build-Up Remover to your monthly routine. One flush once a month can help prevent septic backups!