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Five Mistakes That Frequently Cause Debris Buildup In Drains

Joann Gardner

Most drain clogs that homeowners have to deal with are easily preventable with proper cleaning and drain usage. By getting in to the right habits, you can keep your drains healthy and prevent the inconvenience of clogs.

The following are five mistakes that frequently cause debris buildup in drains. You can prevent drain clogs by avoiding these mistakes in your everyday drain use and maintenance habits:

Pouring grease down drains

It's never a good idea to dispose of grease down your drains. Grease can harden as it cools down. Grease may go through your drain, but it could harden gradually as it gets deeper into your pipes and create clogs.

Dump your grease outside or dispose of it anywhere other than down your drains to keep your drains clean and clog-free.

Never pouring hot water down drains

Occasionally pouring hot water down drains is a good idea. Hot water can melt and flush away any pieces of grease or other debris that harden onto disposal, drain, or pipe components. 

Pour a pot of boiling water down your drains from time to time and you'll probably notice that they stay clear. 

Running your disposal with hot water

While putting hot water down your drains occasionally can help keep them clean, you don't want to use hot water when you're running your disposal.

If any oil and grease gets into your sink, you want to make sure that it stays in solid state when going through your disposal so that it gets cut up. Liquid grease and oil that goes down your drains could solidify in your pipes if it is melted when it goes through your disposal. 

Always run large amounts of cold water when you're running your disposal. 

Using old garbage disposal equipment

As time goes on, garbage disposal blades will become dull and an entire garbage disposal assembly will begin to function less effectively. If waste is not being sufficiently chopped up when it goes down the disposal, it can cause clogs. 

You need to make sure that you periodically have your disposal blades sharpened. You also need to have your disposal replaced when necessary. Remember that as a general rule, a garbage disposal can be expected to last around 12 years. You should definitely be thinking about replacement if your disposal is twelve years old or older.

Not having a strainer if you don't have a disposal

It's imperative that you put a strainer over your kitchen sink drain if you don't have a garbage disposal. Otherwise, it will be almost impossible to do your dishes in your sink without causing clogs. 

For more information, contact companies like Five  Star Plumbing.


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When was the last time you realized that you had a serious plumbing problem? About a month ago, I knew that I had to make some big changes, so I began talking with different plumbers about getting the job done. I told them that I wanted to replace the bathtub in the bathroom and the sink and faucet in the kitchen, and they took my requests in stride. Before I knew it, my entire home was updated and I felt great about the work. I wanted to start this blog to help other people to learn more about plumbing and repair.