Preventing Backups in your Home
Many homeowners have found out the hard way that having clogged drains in their house is a nightmare. Aside from the general headache they cause, clogged pipes generally happen at the most inopportune times and become costly to repair. They can be potentially harmful to your family’s health because of the stench that is released from a backed up system and once a drain is clogged. It may actually come to a point where you feel taht there is little choice other than using harsh chemicals to correct the problem.
Even if your home’s plumbing lines do not experience a clog problem, clogs in the main lines can have a detrimental effect and cause backups in your home. They also put unnecessary strain on the municipal sewage and wastewater systems. Clogged plumbing systems can potentially damage the environment, which cost taxpayers more money over the long term. However, by following some simple rules, the high costs of getting clogs to you personally and financially, in addition to the community, can be avoided with proper drain maintenance.
It might seem like a simple idea, but the first step in preventing backups from clogged drains is to regularly clean them. Since they are out of our sight we tend to ignore them as part of routine house cleaning, but keeping them clear of debris is the best preventative measure you can take. It's just as important as keeping your kitchen and bathroom counters cleaned and the toilets scrubbed.
If you are conscious of what you put down your drains, there is less chance debris will accumulate and cause you problems. A good rule of thumb is to clear away any built up fragments or debris once a month. However, some drains require more attention more often, such as showers or bathroom sinks. Hair loss during shampooing in the showering or everyday shaving can build up quickly causing blockage in a drain pipe. When you add all the soap and toothpaste that’s being used on a daily basis, it's easy to see why clogs happen and become a stubborn problem.
There are plenty of simple things you can do every day to help reduce the amount of clog-inducing substances going down your drains.
- Lift up pop-up stoppers in the bathroom sink, remove any debris and put it in the trash, then rinse the stopper off and put it back in the drain.
- Remove the drain cover from your shower or bathtub drain and use a bent wire or a hair catching brush to clear out any debris that has accumulated there.
- Place plastic mesh screens in all your drains to catch hair and other gunk, like pet hair from bathing them indoors during winter months.
- Clean your garbage disposal with a sturdy disposer brush or throw down some coffee grinds to clear out any grease or grime off the sides of the disposer.
- Remove the overflow plate in your bathtub and raise the pop-up assembly to reach the spring or rocker arm. Remove any accumulated debris and rinse well before putting it back.
- Use a bacteriological drain cleaner that won't damage your home's plumbing system to maintain all of the drains in your home.
Finally, treat your drains with respect and they will perform better for you and your whole family. You can lessen the chance of backups and clogged plumbing systems if you are mindful of what you put down your drains and use some practical precautions before a mishap occurs.
With occasional cleaning and maintenance, your drains and pipes can remain clog free. If you should experience a clog, Taylor's Plumbing is available to assist you with any backups you experience or plumbing repairs.