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Tips for Preventing Clogged Drains

Life is good for homeowners when they don’t have to call a plumber late at night. This is because calling a plumber at those hours likely results from some type of drainage system emergency. In the event of a serious clog, we offer drainage services to fix the problem. That being said, there are a few ways to prevent the clogging of drains. Following a few easy steps can save a homeowner time and money. Toilets, sinks, showers — these are the household fixtures that are the most vulnerable to a common clog. Let’s take a closer look at each.

The Toilet

For homeowners, the toilet is arguably the worst fixture that can get clogged. This is for a number of reasons. No one wants what is supposed to go down to come back up again. People also need to continue using the toilet. If the toilet gets clogged what will they use? A clogged toilet always goes to the top of anyone’s to-do list.

Toilet paper, feminine products, human waste — these are most likely to cause a toilet to become clogged. Toilet draining liquid should occasionally be poured down the pipes. This is a great preventative solution if the pipes are made of PVC. If the pipes are metal, there is another solution: boiling hot water. Extremely hot water can prevent clogs from happening and even loosen some small clogs.

The Sink

The sink is another fixture which is used daily. People need the sink to wash dishes, clean their hands, and pour discarded liquids. Like a clogged toilet, a clogged sink is also an annoyance. Sure, people can use the dishwasher. Hopefully, that isn’t clogged as well. Even if the dishwater is used, people still need to pour discarded drinks and other things down the sink.

There are a number of solutions for someone who wants to prevent a sink from clogging. One is to install a sink strainer. This will prevent large solids from going down the drain. For smaller solids, a sink disposal is a solution to prevent clogs.1

The Shower

Shower drains tend to clog slowly over time. However, water buildup in a bathtub is still a nuisance. Hair is one of the primary offenders when it comes to clogged shower drained. Like a sink drain, a strainer should be installed on top of the drain. This will prevent most hair from not entering the drain.


Following these tips can prevent drains from becoming clogged. However, some clogs seem unavoidable. If a clog happens, we offer drainage services to get your plumbing system healthy again. Contact us for 24/7 emergency service.


  1. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/24/garden/24fix.html

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