A clogged drain is an annoyance. It doesn’t matter if it’s a clog in the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, or tub; it can really make for an aggravating situation. A clogged drain slows down the draining time and sometimes the water won’t drain at all. In the case of a bathtub, it can make for a dangerous situation. When the water slowly drains, it will leave soap and shampoo residue behind, which leaves the tub extremely slippery for the next person to use it. There are some simple tips you can use to avoid your pipes getting clogged.
Avoid using chemicals to unclog your drains. Many commercial drain cleaners contain chemicals that may unclog your drain, but they are doing much more damage to the insides of the pipes. There are some natural solutions like boiling water and baking soda that will keep you drains clean if used on a regular basis.
Using drain screens will really help you avoid clogs in the bathroom sink and bathtub. Hair is the number one cause of clogs in bathrooms and if you can catch the hair in a screen and clean it out after every use, you will drastically decrease your chances for a clogged bathroom sink or bathtub. A slippery bathtub from improper drainage is dangerous for everyone in the family.
Even if you have a garbage disposal in your kitchen sink, it’s best to avoid food and large scraps. It’s also advised to never put grease or any foods containing grease down the sink. Whether the grease is by itself or on food, it will build up fast in your pipes and will cause a bad clog in no time at all. So try to clean off the plates in the garbage can before you rinse them in the sink. This simple extra step will make a big difference in your pipes and drain.
Using these three simple tips can really decrease your chances for a clogged drain. No one wants family or friends to come over and use a sink that will get backed up just by washing their hands.