One of the most common home plumbing issues is also the easiest to avoid. I am talking about a blocked, clogged, or slow running drain. Regardless of what you call it, the reason behind the issue is always the same. Something was put down the drain that didn’t belong there. This applies to sinks, showers, garage, or workshop floor drains, even toilets. Whether on purpose, or by accident, something was allowed to go down the drain and it is now blocking it. If ignored, this problem will get worse, and it could even become costly.
So, how can you prevent a blocked drain? There are several things that you can do to avoid a blocked drain, from watching what you put down the drain or flush down the toilet, to having your plumbing properly maintained by an experienced local plumber.
Blocked Drain Warning Signs
There are some warning signs that you should look out for so that you can catch your blocked drain before it gets any worse. These often include:
- Unpleasant Odours
- Slow Drainage
- Raised Water Levels
- Gurgling Sounds
Preventing A Blocked Drain
While the above warning signs show you what to look for when your drain is already blocked, we are going to take a look at some ways to keep your drains from getting blocked in the first place.
Hot Water- one of the easiest ways to keep your drains flowing freely is to pour hot, boiling water down them once a month. This will help to break up any fats or oils that have built up and that could be slowing your drain.
Watch What You Flush- watch what you flush. More often than not, children are the culprit when something is flushed down the toilet that shouldn’t be. Here is a list of items that should not be flushed:
- Baby Wipes/Wet Wipes
- Q-Tips/Cotton Balls
- Paper Towels
- Cigarette Butts
- Dental Floss
Add A Sink Strainer- adding a sink strainer to your drain will help keep any food solids from being washed down it when you are washing the dishes. Sink strainers are inexpensive insurance against clogged drains. They can also be used to help keep hair from clogging your shower drain.
Clean And Maintain Regularly-you can clean and maintain your drain on a regular basis using common items found around the house. From baking soda and vinegar, to Cream of tartar, or a mixture of salt and bicarbonate of soda, your drains will flow freer, and you will have less clogs.
If your drain is clogged and these DIY remedies don’t help, it might be time to call a professional. The experienced plumbers at PGS Services are standing by to help with all of your residential plumbing issues.
Contact PGS Services
To learn more, contact PGS Services today. PGS offers services covering a wide range of property maintenance trade skills. With a focus on quality workmanship and exceptional customer service, you will always find the right tradesman for your needs.
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