How To Prevent Clogs In All Your Drains

The only thing worse than an annoying drain clog is an annoying drain clog you could have prevented.

To help save you money and frustration, we’ll show you what typically causes clogs in most of your drains and how to prevent them.

Clogged toilet
Now, obviously, your toilet will be clogged from time to time because of...natural causes. However, there are other things that you throw down your toilet that can cause a clog like nobody’s business.

These include a variety of health-based cleaning products like:
  • Feminine products
  • Cotton balls
  • Facial cleansing pads
  • Cleaning wipes
These products cause clogs because they don’t dissolve well in water. And some of them even expand, worsening the clog. 

How to prevent it: There are only two things that you should flush your toilet: bodily waste and toilet paper. Throw everything else in the trash.

Clogged Kitchen Sink
Certain foods don’t belong in your sink because that can stick to your pipes and solidify.

These foods include the FOG trio:
  • Fats
  • Oil
  • Grease
Usually, you’ll cause this kind of clog when preparing a big meal because you’re too busy to properly dispose of these foods.

How to prevent it: Keep a jar or two near you when you’re cooking so you have a place  to pour the leftover grease, oils and fats. Then you can safely throw the jars away.

Clogged bathtub drain
Bathtubs get clogged because of clumps of hair, which does not dissolve in water (bad news for those with long hair, or those who shave in the shower)

How to prevent it: Catch the hair with a hair drain trap (get one cheap on Amazon) before it goes down the drain. Then just clean the trap periodically.

Preventing saves money 
Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Meaning that preventing a problems costs much less than fixing them. So save your money and frustration by preventing these common plumbing clogs before they happen.

If you have one of these clogs and are in our Georgia service area, contact a Ragsdale plumber for help.

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