Drain Dos and Don’ts: Tips For Keeping Your Drain Pipes Clean and Healthy to Prevent Drain Clogs

A clogged drain is a huge inconvenience and can ruin a day pretty fast. Gurgling, slow draining and backed up drains are never fun; regular cleaning and maintenance of your drains can prevent these issues and may even prevent costly repairs or replacements that can occur. You can also take steps to help ensure the health of your drain lines. You have drains in nearly every room of your home. This includes the bathroom, kitchen and laundry room. Learning what items to not put down your drain can help reduce odors, common causes of clogs and the need for repairs.

Being conscious of what you’re putting down your drains is the best way to prevent a clogged drain. Avoid putting these items down your drain:

Fats. Fats come from different sources. This can include meat trimmings, butter, shortening, peanut butter, and dairy products. Fats solidify at room temperature which causes problems when it occurs in your drains. When fats solidify in your drains it can cause slow or clogged drains. Let fats sit and once they become solid, dispose of them in your trash.

Oils. Even though oils are liquids at room temperature, they are not safe for your drains. Oils coat your drains and build up over time; this creates slow draining or clogged drains. Oils come from plant products and include corn, vegetable and olive oils. Oils can also be found in mayonnaise and types of salad dressings. Pour oils in a leak-proof container and dispose of them in your trash.

Grease. This is one that many people know about but don’t always follow. Grease also solidifies at room temperature and will collect in your pipes. Just like fats, when it solidifies in your drains it can cause slow or clogged drains. Grease comes from foods like gravy, cooked meats and boiled poultry. Grease is never safe in your drains, even if followed by hot water. Dispose of grease in the trash, just like fats.

These food items are never safe down your drains and can cause more problems that slow and clogged drains. Fats, oils and grease are also bad for your septic and sewer systems. The gradual build up of hair, grease, soap, and other foreign debris will slow down the flow through a drain and eventually cause a blockage in the drain pipe. It’s best to avoid putting any of this foreign debris down drains, but no one is perfect. As a homeowner, it is likely you will experience a clogged drain at some point. When you do, don’t try to fix it yourself; give Shoreline Sewer & Drain, LLC a call. Symptoms of a drain blockage are gurgling, bubbles, slow draining and no draining at all. When you experience one of these signs of a clogged drain, give us a call for a free estimate. We’re available for emergency plumbing issues 24/7. When you give us a call you’ll have help at your door asap. No five hour windows to deal with, just quick and quality service! We offer drain cleaning services in Port Charlotte, North Port, Sarasota, Englewood, Venice, Punta Gorda, Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Arcadia, Florida. Give us a call now for your free drain cleaning estimate!