What Are The Primary Sources Of Clogged Drains?

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You may experience clogged drains in both your kitchen and bathroom drains, yet the clogging agents will be very different, depending on the drain location. If your family is aware of these potentially troublesome materials, you can keep them out of your drain lines and avoid the need for clogged drains services:

Everything in the kitchen sink: Using your sink as a garbage can

Many individuals will casually toss any food byproducts into their kitchen sink, confident that their garbage disposal will process the materials sufficiently to allow them to pass through your drain pipes. However, there are some materials that should never be dumped into your sink drain but instead placed into a trash container. Examples include:

Cooking oil or grease

Hot oil or grease congeals and solidifies faster than you might think, and will collect anything else that enters the drain as it hardens, creating an impassable clog. Pouring hot water after dumping hot grease will only make the problem worse, as the grease will then congeal further into a more inaccessible part of the drain line, allowing it to collect even more clogging agents.

Bones

This includes all bones, but poultry and fish bones are particularly troublesome because of their tendency to splinter and lodge themselves inside the drain pipes, creating a perfect trap for additional clogging materials as they pass through the drain pipes.

Fibrous foods

Obviously, fibrous foods such as pumpkins can cause problems when their flesh is shredded into many thin strands by a garbage disposal, but even seemingly benign products such as the membranes inside of egg shells can produce the same effect.

Into the abyss: Items commonly dropped into the bathroom sink

The bathroom sink is used for many other purposes than washing faces and hands, and so is vulnerable to clogging from materials such as:

Toothpaste tube caps

Cosmetics and applicator brushes

Jewelry-- especially rings removed before hand washing and placed on the flat portion of the sink

Water balloons and small children's toys

Add hair and old toothpaste and you have a perfect recipe for a sink clog. Buy and use a drain screen to cover your sink drain. However, the screen must be cleaned regularly, because it will itself be clogged by dispelled toothpaste and other contaminants.

Respect your toilet

The only materials that should be flushed into your toilet drain are human waste and toilet paper. Flushable diapers and wipes do not degrade quickly enough to pass through your drain line. Hair should be placed into a nearby trash can, never in your toilet. Fish and other small animals cannot receive a burial at sea in your toilet upon passing.

Tub and shower drains

Hair is the main culprit in tubs and showers, and the drains must be protected by a hair strainer that can be inserted into the drain cup. Flat screens that serve the same purpose are often dislodged by water pressure or careless feet. Strainers must be cleaned daily. especially if multiple occupants with longer hair use the tub or shower.

You can keep your drains clear with enough vigilance and cooperation from all of the occupants of and visitors to your home.

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