6 Tips to Prevent Blocked Drains


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Are you looking for ways to prevent blocked drains? Or some simple home remedy on how to clear a blocked drain?

Worry no more! Here are some quick and easy things you can do to avoid this problem.

Do you always clog your drains even though you keep getting professional help to clear your drainage? Well then, there might be a few things you need to avoid doing when you are using the sink, shower, or bathtub. Simple little things that you do and you are not aware of.

And that is normal!

Not everyone is an expert when it comes to this topic. So, to help you with that, we listed these six simple tips that you can practice to prevent clogged drains. 

Now, without further ado, let’s get to it.

1. Use a Drain Strainer

Small debris is one of the main reasons for having a clogged drain. One way to prevent these from getting inside your drain is by using a drain strainer. A drain strainer is a stainless steel object you can place on the opening of your drainage. You can buy it at your local hardware stores. 

This object will help keep small-sized debris from getting inside your drain pipes. You can put it above your sink drain opening so that the food waste will not fall into the drain. 

Also, there are various strainers you can place in your shower. Fallen hair, soap scum, and dirt can cause you to have a blocked shower drain. So, placing a strainer on this location will help prevent that.

By placing this simple and affordable material, you get to lessen the probability of clogging your drains. 

Note: Be sure to clean your strainers after use. 

kitchen sink drain strainer to avoid blocked drains

2. Avoid Disposing of Cooking Grease in the Kitchen Sink

Some people might think that disposing of used cooking oil in the kitchen sink is not a big deal. This is because cooking grease is not solid, but the thing is, it can still stick to the insides of the pipes. This grease will stay on that surface and build up as time goes by. So, to solve this, disposing of used cooking oil should be done by placing it in a can or jar. After filling your container, you can throw it out in the trash bin.
oil or grease poured in kitchen creates a blocked a drain

3. Run Cold Water While Using the Garbage Disposal

We do not advise that you get rid of food scraps via your kitchen sink, but there are times when you can not avoid it. This is why people install garbage disposal units under their sinks.

Garbage disposal is a device that you can place under your kitchen sink. It collects your food scraps and shreds it. With this device, your waste will pass through your drainage easily.

Whenever you use this device, there is an additional step that you can do. And that is running cold water while your garbage disposal is turned on. The running water will carry out the scraps through your drainage system.

And there is one other thing.

Oil grease can also get into your garbage disposal unit. This can damage your unit and lead to more problems. So, you should occasionally pour ice into your sink while using this device. The ice will chill and scrape the grease in the unit.

running cold water on kitchen sink to remove grease
ice in garbage disposal

4. Pour Boiling Water Down the Kitchen Drains

Despite being cautious, you might still get some debris down your kitchen sink. This is understandable since there are wastes that are too slippery and small. Still, when these objects fall into your sink, they can accumulate.

So, to lessen the damage of these unwanted bits, pouring a kettle of boiling water will help. Doing this once a week will melt the built-up grease and debris inside your kitchen drain. Be careful and pour the hot water slowly to avoid getting any burns.

pour boiling water down the drains

5. Never Flush Non-Toilet Paper Products

When using the toilet, flushing other objects aside from toilet paper should not be done. You might think that it is fine to flush down sanitary products because they are small. But, sanitary products like pads and tampons have to go in the garbage since these items are made of plastic and cotton. Flushing these things will cause blocked pipes.

Do you want to know what is worse? These products can permanently damage your whole sewer system. As a result, you might have to replace all of your drains.

do not flush non toilet paper products

6. Have Regular Pipe Inspections

The best way to prevent a blocked drain is by calling professional help to check the status of your drainage. There are drainage issues that are not evident immediately. Recognizing these kinds of problems is easy for professionals.

However, we know that you are deliberating about calling for help because it can cost you a lot. But believe us when we say that it will cost you much more if you get your pipes clogged. So, you should have regular plumbing checkups every 2-3 years.

A licensed blocked drain plumber will check your drain pipes to see if there are problems with it. They will also give you useful and legitimate advice. In line with this, you can book our plumbing and electrical doctors for this kind of service. Our licensed plumbers can help you with checking and clearing any of your drains. We also give upfront pricing so you will not have to worry about any hidden charges.

Plumber with Client

Prevention is Better than Cure

Avoiding something from happening is better than having to solve an irreversible complication. The same goes for your drainage system. It is better to avoid it from getting clogged than having to find ways to clear it out. It will take you an immense amount of time, effort, and money in clearing blocked drains. And, changing some simple things in your daily life is way better than that.

The tips we have provided in this article are some of the things you can do and change in your household. You might think that it is too much trouble since you will add some extra steps in your usual routine. But, doing so, will all be worth it.

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Joe Evers

Joe Evers

Joe is the director of the Plumbing and Electrical Doctor. He has committed the past 23 years to the plumbing and electrical industry. From his humble beginnings as an apprentice to now being a respected tradesman with his own sphere of influence, he aims to support the industry and the people involved in it. Joe and his young family have so much to be grateful for and appreciate everything that the industry and the customers have given him.

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