4 Tips to Prevent Blocked Drains in Your House

Posted on: 30 August 2018

Dealing with blocked drains can be messy, disgusting and sometimes harder than it sounds. In fact, if you don't have the right plumbing tools, it's best to leave the task to an emergency plumber. The best way to avoid all these problems is to prevent the clog or blockage in the first place. Preventing clogs in your drains doesn't have to be a daunting task. However, many homeowners have little knowledge when it comes to doing that. For that reason, here are some simple tips to help you prevent blockages in your drains.

Run Some Hot Water Down Your Kitchen Sink After Every Use

Many homeowners wait until their drains block to try this remedy. One of the reasons this may not work when the drain is already blocked is that the oils or grease will have already solidified inside the pipes, and hot water may not be enough to break them down. However, if you do it after every use of the sink, it will help keep the oils flowing down the drain. You can even consider throwing in a handful of some baking soda and a cup or so of vinegar and letting it sit for a few minutes before you run the hot water. Baking soda is an excellent cleaning agent, while vinegar acts as an organic solvent, and both can work perfectly to break down any organic buildup inside your pipes.

Invest in A Screen

Mesh screens, also known as sink drain strainers, will prevent any unwanted substances from finding their way down your drains and potentially blocking them. For your tub or shower drains, the screen will prevent hair, soap, beauty products, etc. from entering your drains. In your kitchen drains, food particles are often some of the major causes of blockages. Screens will trap any large food particles, which you can then simply throw away in your rubbish bin.

Avoid Pouring Grease and Oils Down Your Kitchen Drains

Oils and grease will solidify inside your kitchen drain pipes, resulting in blockages. Consider removing any oils and drains from your pans and plates before you wash them. You can even transfer the oils and grease into empty cans and then dispose of them in your rubbish bin.

Avoid Flushing Everything Down Your Toilets

If it's not tissue paper, don't flush it. Make sure everyone in your home understands this, especially kids. That means coffee grounds, cigarette butts, wet wipes, feminine sanitary products, etc. should be disposed of somewhere else.