One of the most common problems we professional plumbers encounter are blocked drains. Sure, there are plenty which can be solved with a simple high-quality plunger. However, some drain blockages can create costly problems for homeowners and renters. Sometimes (as you can see from the photo on this article), we need to take drastic measures to get those hard-to-reach or extra-stubborn drains such as getting on the roof.
If you follow these three basic tips, you can have the peace of mind that your drains are flowing freely without the danger of overfilling or leaking.
Don’t Use Your Toilet for a Trash Bin
Your toilet was made to remove human waste and toilet paper… and that’s all! Please, do not attempt to flush baby wipes, cleaning wipes, paper towels, feminine hygiene products, or pretty much anything else. It’s not a matter of IF you will need a plumber to snake the toilet and the sewer line, it’s a matter of WHEN.
Don’t Allow Garbage Down Your Kitchen Drain
Food particles are not friendly to your drains. Even if you have a garbage disposal, use it sparingly; it’s purpose is to remove leftover food scraps. Don’t attempt to send eggshells, vegetable peelings, and other solid items. Also, please remember never to pour oils down your drain or in your disposal unit… you’re just asking for trouble!
Use a Root Killer
If you know that you have problems with tree or shrub roots and your sewer system, maintain a regimen of pouring a biodegradable root killer down your toilets (yes, we know we said NOT to flush anything down the toilet, but this is fine).
Stop Using Chemical Drain Cleaners
There are plenty of commercially available chemical “plumber replacements” out on the market. These are highly toxic and very caustic chemicals which can erode certain pipes as they chemically react to break down the grease, hair, and other items blocking your drain. Instead, try using a plunger or a bio-based enzyme blockage remover.
Inspect for Leaks
Whenever you make changes to your plumbing by cleaning p-traps or replacing sink drain pipes, make sure you check for leaks. You should also make it a habit to check under your sinks for any wet spots periodically. Sometimes a new gasket or plumbing sealant such a putty may be necessary.
Even if you follow these tips, you might still have a problem. But, never fear. DRC Plumbing and Sewer is here for you 24/7 to help you maintain a safe, healthy, and dry home with zero drain problems. Give us a call at 708-203-7057 or click the button below to send us a message.