Clogged drains are one of the most common plumbing issues our HomeChoice plumbers experience. Bathrooms, kitchens, toilets. Nasty, to say the least! While a chemical cleaner can be poured into the drain, this is extremely harmful to the environment and often ineffective. Here are common causes and 5 easy preventative care options to consider.

1. Hair
Hair is a common cause of clogged drains. Long hair is the worst. During the shampooing process, large strands of hair fall down the drain. As the hair flows down the pipes, it gets caught on the drainage pipes and clumps. As the hair clumps grow larger, the drain’s water removal rate begins to slow. Installing and regularly cleaning a hair/crumb catcher at the top of your drain can reduce this kind of clog. Look online, many e-tailers like Amazon carry a range of options.

2. Paper
Toilet paper is really the only type of paper that should be flushed down the drain. But even thick clumps of toilet paper flushed at once will not breakdown easily in a toilet. Paper towels and feminine products are common problems our Sacramento plumbers find with clogged drains. In a commercial location, you may want to post a sign reminding people about drain difficulties with these items and be sure a trash can is easily accessible.

3. Food
Kitchen drains can easily become clogged when food is flushed down them. If the sink does not have a garbage disposal, dispose of all food waste in the garbage. Small food particles can cause as much damage as the large ones. They can get stuck together and cause a blockage. Before it becomes a clog, add a strainer to the sink. All shapes and sizes can be found at your local hardware store.

4. Heavy Liquids
It may seem counterintuitive, but not all liquids can be poured down the drain. This liquid, and others with a comparable texture, line the sink’s drain. Heavy oil, grease, fats, rich gravies (or other dishes that congeal), should be thrown in the trash. If concerned about leakage, enclose the offending liquid in a plastic ziplock bag before disposing.
 
5. Soap
Even though soap is designed to use with water, it can create a buildup in the pipes that creates drainage issues. Bars of soap, combined with hard water can leave residue on the pipes. The residue can restrict the amount of space necessary for water to run smoothly down the pipes. Using liquid soap can reduce soap buildup in the drain or consider a liquid hand sanitizer which requires no rinsing.

There are many reasons for a drain to clog. Try preventing the problem before it happens but anyone that is experiencing slow-draining pipes or standing water should contact HomeChoice Plumbing and one of our experts can quickly take care of the problem.

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