Whether or not you have a septic system, your drains still get clogged. The fact is, slow and clogged drains are a common problem in residential homes and businesses throughout Central Florida.
Many times, clogged drains are unavoidable. But there are a few steps you can take to avoid them all together.
Whenever possible, use drain covers
One of the biggest culprits for a clogged drain is hair. Just like a drain cover keeps food from going down the kitchen drain, similar ones are used in the bathroom. Most of us have about 100,000 hairs on our heads and typically loose about 100 to 125 hairs a day. Typically this happens in the shower and all that hair goes down the drain. Make sure you invest in a drain cover and if you have long hair you may want to brush it before jumping into the shower. Instead of washing those whiskers down the drain, men should think about wiping them out and throwing them in the garbage. It may not sound like much, but it adds up quickly.
Properly using the garbage disposal
Most of us put just about everything down the garbage disposal without thinking much about it, but it definitely has it’s limitations. There are a few things that should not go down the disposal. Oils, fats, and grease, eventually congeal, especially when cold water is put in the mix. While starches such as pasta and grains such as pasta, absorbs water, causing drains to clog. If you have a septic tank, you should probably avoid the garbage disposal all together.
What can you do if you have a clogged drain
While there are several chemical drain cleaners on the market, they are damaging to your pipes and the environment. They usually unclog the pipe just enough to let water through, but it doesn’t really take care of the problem. In a few short days or weeks, the clog is back.
This type of maintenance is best left to a professional.
The most effective, affordable and popular course of action is high pressure jetting. Not only is it safer for older pipes it is far less caustic than traditional drain cleaners and doesn’t introduce corrosive materials into the plumbing system.
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