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Three Ways To Avoid Clogged Drains

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Clogged drains can quickly disrupt the day to day operations of your entire home, making it impossible for you to properly remove wastewater from sinks, showers, toilets, and many other water fixtures and appliances. The best and most effective way to remove clogs is to make a proactive effort to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Understanding which products to avoid throwing down the drain can help you avoid costly and frustrating repairs and drain cleaning in the future.


One of the most common causes for clogged drains within your bathroom is human hair. Even though individual strands are tiny, tangled balls of hair can quickly grow in size to be able to entirely block a drain by themselves. Further, to make problems worse, hair does not dissolve easily, making it resistant to commercial and homemade drain cleaning solutions and will hold up relatively well against drain snakes and other methods of drain cleaning as well. In order to keep hair from going down the drain, you may want to install strainers or drain caps, available at most hardware and grocery stores, over your drains. This way, you'll simply have to clean out the strainer every few days in order to keep your drains clear – this comes with the added benefit of blocking other debris which could potentially block your plumbing.

Fats and Foods

Unless you have a garbage disposal, you should keep the amount of food that enters your home's plumbing system at a minimum. Items like bacon grease, cooking oils, and other fats may seem liquid at first, but can quickly harden into a gel once they cool down within your plumbing. Other food products, like chunks of vegetables, coffee grounds, and eggshells all also represent physical barriers that can cause drain clogs. Instead of washing your food into your drains, make an effort to scrape all of your plates clean into the compost or trash before rinsing them off.

Paper Products

The only paper product that is designed to move through your home's plumbing system is toilet paper. Other products, like paper towels, cleaning wipes, and feminine products (as well as items like cotton swabs) won't break apart once flushed, and will instead wad up into large and hard to break clogs. Indeed, depending on the size of your plumbing's pipes, a single piece of paper towel could prove to be enough to stop the flow of water. Throw these items out instead. 

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