Drains stoppages are one of the most common problems in houses and residential buildings. Stoppages can occur for several different reasons and, while all clogs cannot be prevented all the time, there are some simple tips you can use to reduce the chance that you will have a major stoppage.
Limit what you drain
Most drain clogs aren’t caused on one day by one thing that gets dumped down the sink. Rather they are a result of buildup in the pipes that restricts the flow of water until eventually it is simply plugs the entire pipe.
The biggest culprits are grease, and oil. Never pour hand lotions, creams or moisturizers down the sink, even if you are rinsing them down with warm not hot water. Some moisturizing soaps and body washes can actually contribute to sludge in your pipes as well.
Use a drain cover
A drain cover with a screen is a very low cost investment that prevents material and hard objects from getting into the drain. These covers should be kept over the drain when the sink is not in use as well as when you are using the sink. The drain screen can easily be cleaned after each use to keep the water flowing freely.
Make sure you also clean the drain cover after each use to prevent materials and hard objects from getting into the drain.