How to Avoid These Six Common Causes of Plugged Drains

As your tri-state area plumbers, we realize how hard it is to keep things out of your drains that could clog them. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t try. Here are six of the most common causes of clogged drains that we see at Vito Services and what you can do to avoid them.

  1. Food Particles

Unless your sink has a garbage disposal, keep food particles out of your sink at all costs. To avoid clogs, simply scrape off your plates into the garbage can before rinsing and use a strainer to catch larger particles in the sink.

  1. Grease

Although grease may go down your pipes as a liquid, it eventually turns into a solid, clogging up your plumbing. Keep grease out of your drains by dumping it into a glass container when you’re done cooking. Then, dispose of this container after the grease hardens.

  1. Bath Salts

Many types of bath salts are insoluble. Due to this, it’s a good idea to check the label on your bath salts to make sure that they’re soluble before using them.

  1. Hair

When it comes to drain plugs, you probably have your fair share of hair in your sinks and tubs. Use a strainer on all of your bathroom drains to keep hair from accumulating within your plumbing.

  1. Paper

Although this may surprise you, paper doesn’t disintegrate all the way when it’s submerged in water. As a result, it can keep water and other liquids from flowing through your pipes. To keep paper from clogging up your plumbing, avoid flushing any paper products, besides toilet paper, down your toilet.

  1. Soap Scum

Even though you have to use soap when you shower and when you wash your hands, this substance still has the potential to clog up your drains. However, you can keep soap scum from clogging things up with the same strainer that you use to catch hair before it goes down the drain.

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