Clogged drains can be everyday nuisances in your home that may lead to more severe plumbing problems in the future. Prevention begins with knowing the common culprits. Being mindful of what goes down the drain helps avoid the need for plumbing repairs and creates a cleaner, more sanitary home.
Items That Should Never Go Down the Drain
1. Pasta & Rice
Pasta and rice are both small, absorbent foods that seem easier to rinse into the sink than brush into the trash. However, when they contact water, they expand and can lead to blockages. Pasta tangles easily with other items to contribute to more significant obstructions. Always scrape plates into the trash. Add a drain cover and run hot water for 30 seconds to flush any food items that accidentally fall into the drain.
2. Grease, Oils, & Fats
Cooking grease, fats, and oils all cause serious plumbing problems. When they go down the drain, they coat the insides of the piping. Gradually, they collect other food particles and create large blockages. As pressure builds up behind them, it can burst the pipe. Always pour these liquids into metal or plastic containers and, once they cool or turn solid, dispose of them in the trash.
The bathroom sink and tub are often overlooked areas for clogs, and soap is a leading culprit. It works similar to grease and fat — common ingredients in bars of soap. The leftovers combine with minerals in the water and leave scum in the pipes once you rinse them down. While it’s impossible to prevent all soap from going down the tub drain, you can add a strainer to stop larger pieces. For long-term prevention, have a plumbing repair professional pressure-clean your bathroom piping.
If you need assistance with plumbing repairs, reach out to the team at E. Dake Ltd. The Plumbing & Heating Doctors. These plumbers are proud to serve Perry, OH, and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on their work. They also handle furnace and air conditioning repairs and maintenance, which you can learn more about on their website. Call (440) 259-5997 to schedule plumbing repairs, and connect on Facebook for more plumbing care tips.