If there’s one part of your plumbing system you need to keep an eye on, it’s the drains that are attached to your fixtures. Drain clogs may be a fairly common occurrence, but that doesn’t mean they’re not a big deal. Simply flushing the wrong things down your toilet could lead to an expensive drain cleaning service call. If you want to keep the drains in your Boise, ID, home clean and avoid spending a fortune on drain cleaning, here are six tips to help you out.

1. Flush with care

The first thing you need to be mindful of if you want to prevent drain clogs is what you’re flushing down your toilet. Toilets may seem like they can tackle any waste, but in reality, toilet paper is the only thing you should flush down your toilet.

“Flushable” wipes are a big problem for toilet drains. While these wipes are supposedly flushable, they don’t break down in water as well as toilet paper does. Eventually, you’ll end up with a ball of congealed wipes that’s too big to fit down the drain.

Cotton swabs, makeup remover pads, and feminine hygiene products can also cause clogs in toilets. If you don’t want to end up calling a drain cleaning service every few months, these are all things you should avoid flushing down your toilet.

2. Be careful with your garbage disposal

Your kitchen sink is another hotspot for clogs, even if you have a garbage disposal to grind up food waste. The problem is, most homeowners think garbage disposals are designed to handle large amounts of food. The truth is, the only food waste you put down your drain should be the waste you can’t get in the garbage.

If you’re having trouble keeping food out of your garbage disposal, you can install a drain catch. Drain catches remove the big chunks of food before they go down the drain, allowing your disposal to do the clean-up work it’s supposed to do. This is a great way to save on drain cleaning service costs.

Keep in mind that there are also certain foods you should always avoid putting down your garbage disposal. Some of these foods include:

  • Fats, greases, and oils
  • Eggshells
  • Coffee grounds
  • Vegetable stalks
  • Bones

3. Prevent soap and hair clogs

As far as your bathroom sink and shower drain go, soap and hair are the two main culprits for clogs. Not only do you tend to lose a good amount of body hair when you shower, but most people also use either the shower or bathroom sink to shave. Preventing bathroom sink and shower drain clogs is as simple as keeping soap scum and hair out of the drains.

The best thing you can do to avoid drain cleaning service calls for your bathroom is installing a drain catch in both the sink and tub. These drain catches are fine enough to catch congealed hair and soap before it goes down the drain, which helps prevent clogs. The only downside to installing a drain catch in the bathroom (especially in the shower) is the fact that you’ll have to manually empty it every once in a while—and the smell can be too much for some people.

4. Use the right drain cleaner

If you want to prevent drain clogs in your home, you should be using a liquid drain cleaner from time to time. The problem is, you have to make sure you’re using the right liquid drain cleaner if you don’t want to damage drains. The chemical-based drain cleaners that most people use can actually cause a lot more harm than good.

Instead of a chemical-based drain cleaner such as Drano, drain cleaning service experts recommend using an enzyme-based drain cleaner. The enzymes in these cleaners are designed to remove clogs without creating any heat or reacting with the pipe in any way. What this means is that you can go longer between drain cleaning service calls without having to worry about causing severe pipe damage.

5. Try a plunger

If a liquid drain cleaner isn’t enough to unclog your drain, consider trying a plunger. You might not know it, but plungers are excellent when it comes to unclogging all sorts of drains—including sinks. Simple use the plunger to create suction over the opening of the drain, then plunge away.

It’s important to remember that you should never stick any foreign objects down your drain if plunging doesn’t work. If you’ve tried both liquid drain cleaners and a plunger and your drain is still clogged, it’s time to call a drain cleaning service company.

6. Get professional help

Hiring a drain cleaning service company may seem counterintuitive when it comes to saving money on drain clogs, but having your drains cleaned regularly is a great way to prevent major clogs. It’s hard to keep grime from building up on the inside of your drain pipes, so the next best thing you can do is make sure you’re cleaning some of that grime off regularly. A plumber can use a snake to remove any hard-to-dislodge clogs from your drain. We recommend having your drains cleaned at least once every few years.

Call EC Plumbing

Preventing drain clogs can be tough, but being proactive goes a long way toward saving you money in the future. Even better, you don’t have to worry about sewage backups and other problems that clogged drains can cause.

When you need a drain cleaning service expert, look no further than EC Plumbing. No matter which drain in your Boise, ID, home is clogged, we can get it fixed in no time. To learn more tips for preventing drain clogs in your home or schedule a home drain cleaning, give EC Plumbing a call at (208) 318-5533.

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