Three Ways to Prevent Sink Clogs

Say Goodbye to Clogged Drains 

There are few things more stressful than a clogged drain. At first, homeowners hope that the clog will go away on its own. They may try using over-the-counter drain cleaners (which can damage the plumbing) or even sticking things into the drain, hoping to dislodge the obstruction. Then, there comes a time when there’s no getting around it: they need to call in a professional. 

So, are clogged drains inevitable? Not quite. There are many things homeowners can do to prevent these issues. Some considerations include the following: 

Scheduling Drain Cleaning and Maintenance Visits

Homeowners should schedule regular plumbing maintenance and drain cleaning visits with a qualified plumber. Here, a professional can clean a drain to prevent clogs from forming, assess one’s system, and look for potential problems. They may: 

  • Snake the drain to remove any pesky clogs 
  • Use hydrojetting to clear clogs and remove debris in the pipes to prevent future clogs
  • Inspect the plumbing and look for any potential issues like corrosion
  • Locate any leaking pipes and patch them 
  • Insulate pipes to prevent them from freezing 
  • Recommend additional measures to avoid future plumbing problems 

Many plumbing companies offer membership plans that include all the necessary maintenance visits and additional exclusive benefits like discounts and preferred scheduling.  

Getting a Mesh Drain Screen

meshOnline, mesh drain screens cost less than $10. However, in the long run, they can save homeowners hundreds of dollars on preventable repairs. Mesh drain screens keep food waste, hair, and other debris from going down the home’s drains in the kitchen sink, bathroom sinks, and showers, leading to clogs. 

If homeowners don’t have mesh drain screens, they are at a higher risk of clogs developing. Some signs of clogged drains include: 

  • Backed-up sinks 
  • Foul odors coming from the drain 
  • Slow-draining sinks 
  • Gurgling sounds coming from the sink  

Avoid Putting Certain Items Down the Drain

foodNobody’s perfect. Sometimes, certain things go down the drain, no matter how hard homeowners try to avoid it. Still, homeowners should be especially careful when washing dishes, cooking, cleaning the kitchen, or otherwise using the sink. They should be especially vigilant about not allowing these items down the drain: 

  • Cooking grease or oil 
  • Food scraps
  • Paper towel pieces or napkins 
  • Medications (including liquid medicine) 
  • Paint 
  • Expandable food, like pasta 
  • Produce stickers 
  • Coffee grounds 
  • Flour 

These items can all contribute to the formation of clogs. If someone wonders whether it’s safe to put something down the drain, they should err on the side of caution and throw it in the trash. But if a clog does occur, homeowners should be wary about using over-the-counter drain cleaners. The chemicals in them can corrode pipes over time, causing leaks and other concerns. 

About Fixt Plumbing 

Fixt Plumbing is an award-winning business serving Bethany, OK, and the surrounding areas and providing 24-hour emergency plumbing services. They also offer flat rate pricing, same-day service, and a beneficial membership program. Call them today for drain cleaning services in Bethany, OK.