Any time is inconvenient for annoying drain clogs, but with regular care drain clogs can be avoided.
Obviously, the cheap and easy way to avoid clogs is to take preventative steps to never have a clog. This is achieved by being aware of what you put down your drains and taking time to do a little drain cleaning periodically throughout the year.
In bathtubs and showers, hair is the most common culprit. So, the easiest way to do preventative maintenance is to put a “hair strainer” or wire mesh cover over the drain to catch hair. Then, just do a quick sweep of the strainer after each shower or bath.
In the kitchen, you must be aware of the types of things you allow to go through your sink drain and disposal. Not all food stuffs are advised to go into the disposal. Items like coffee grounds or used cooking grease, even in liquid form, can cause a sluggish drain over time. So, be aware to dispose of these items some other way to prevent causing a clog in your kitchen drain.
To prevent clogs in floor drains, like the basement or laundry room, be sure to cover the drain with appropriate drain covers. Also, when cleaning in these areas, try not to sweep debris down the drain to get rid of it. Use a dustpan and toss debris into the trash just to be safe.
Should you have a clogged or sluggish drain, there are many ways to alleviate the problem using chemical or organic solutions, plungers or snakes, when necessary. It is also a good idea to clean your drains twice a year to prevent any buildup of general gunk, hairballs and bio film. This is easy to do with plain white vinegar followed by very hot water running through the drain for a few seconds.
Of course, if you have plumbing issues that require a professional, call 75 Degrees for a reliable estimate. We’re happy to help!