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Do's & Don'ts of Drain Cleaning May 3, 2018

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Do's & Don'ts of Drain Cleaning, Crystal, Minnesota

If you’re a homeowner, there is a good chance that your kitchen or bathroom drains will become clogged at some point. Proper care and maintenance minimizes clogs and other plumbing problems, but eventually drain cleaning will be necessary to remove debris that stops water flow. If you want to keep your plumbing system clear, try these do’s and don’ts of cleaning your drains. 

Do:

Take advantage of drain filters. 

One of the most common causes of clogged drains is buildup of debris in your plumbing system. Things like small bits of food, hair, and other items can easily slip down the drain, so try outfitting your drains with filters to reduce the chance of clogs. Remember to clean them regularly so they operate well.

Run hot water down the drain. 

If you have a clog, try running some hot water down it first. Smaller clogs can often be dislodged this way, preventing the need for using a snake or calling a drain cleaning company.

Dispose of fats, oils & grease properly. 

When cooking with fat, oil, or grease, you should never pour them down the drain as doing so causes clogs. The best way to get rid of these ingredients is by pouring them into a used can and disposing of them in the trash. 

Use BioBen® to prevent clogs and odors

BioBen® is a natural biological drain line, septic, and grease trap maintainer that performs without harmful chemicals or additives. BioBen®’s friendly bacteria eat away at greasy slime buildup and odorous residue, leaving your pipes and wastewater systems in top condition all year round when applied on a routine basis. Order BioBen® online or from your favorite Benjamin Franklin plumber. 

 

Don’t:

Use chemicals for a clog.

When facing a serious clog, your first inclination may be to visit the local hardware store and purchase a heavy-duty drain cleaner. But the chemicals eat away at your pipes, and they do not remove the clog completely. It’s always preferable to enlist the services of a licensed drain cleaning expert for stubborn clogs. 

Ignore slow drains.

Slow drains can become serious problems almost overnight, leading to large clogs and sewage backups. They can also be signs of roots growing in your drainage system, which should be handled immediately. 

 

By following the tips above, you’ll be able to keep your drains in top condition and minimize the need for costly plumbing repairs. For more drain cleaning tips, talk to the experts at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Minneapolis, MN. With more than 44 years of experience, they’re equipped to perform everything from water heater installations to broken pipe replacements. Call them today at (952) 931-9676, or visit them online for a complete list of services. 

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