Keeping Your Plumbing Flowing Smoothly

If you deal with plumbing clogs on a regular basis, you might find yourself struggling with bent wire hangers, chemical drain cleaner, and unfamiliar pipes. Unfortunately, unless you are a trained professional, all of your efforts might be in vain. Most people don't realize it, but it is possible to damage your plumbing by making a few missteps. If you use the wrong chemicals or you push a little too hard, you might end up dealing with damaged pipes or your clogging problem could get worse. Fortunately, you might be able to use this blog to help you to keep your plumbing flowing smoothly.

How To Maintain Clear, Clean Drains


It is suggested that your drains are cleaned every few years, but it is possible to ensure your drains remain in good working order with a few preventative measures. Keep reading to learn how you can ensure your drains are clear and clean in between your septic system cleanings, minimizing the need for in-between cleanings and unnecessary repairs.

Flush the Drains

You can save water by having low-flow faucets and toilets installed, but what you may not realize is that they are easier to clog than standard water appliances. Low-flow faucets and toilets use a considerably lower amount of water, which isn't nearly as effective at carrying debris away, leaving it in the pipes to accumulate.

The good news is that the debris can be cleared away by performing a manual flush with a large volume of water. You will need to boil a pot of water and then flush half of it into the drain while flushing the toilet simultaneously in order to keep the primary drain line clear. After roughly five minutes, repeat this process. This process will help keep any buildup of grease and debris out of the drains.

Install a Lint Trap

Drain clogs can occur as a result of many things other than grease and oil. For instance, small pieces of fabric, dryer sheets, and lint can clog up the drains. Materials like this often squeeze through the drain hose of your washing machine and get trapped within the drains. To stop this from happening, a lint trap should be installed. These traps are installed in the laundry tub drain hole to serve as a barrier between the fabric pieces and lint and the drain. You should be able to find them at your local hardware store.

Avoid Dumping Grease

Grease is by far the worst thing that can clog up your drains. When grease goes down your drain, it is still warm. As it cools down, it will congeal within the pipes. The more that grease accumulates inside of your pipes and the more other pieces of particles catch onto the grease, the bigger the clog that begins to form inside of the pipe. To avoid a significant clog, refrain from pouring any kind of cooking oil, grease, or fat down the drains. Use a jar to collect leftover grease, and once it gets full, throw it in the garbage can.

If you are dealing with septic system issues or would like to learn more maintenance tips, contact a septic system service in your area.


21 August 2020