How To Avoid Clogged Drains In Your California House
Your drain should always offer a clear path for water to flow out. You turn off the tap, and the water should fall right down the pipe, rather than pooling in the sink. Likewise, you should be able to take a shower without ending up with a bath. But there are a lot of reasons why you might get a clogged drain and that might not happen.
A clogged drain can be much more than a nuisance. It can put pressure on your pipes, and that can lead to more problems, like loose fittings or a burst pipe. It can also lead to corrosion, which can cause problems for your pipes, as well. Rather than dealing with a full sink, you’ll have to call a Los Angeles repiping plumber and pay for repipe repair.
Understanding what causes a clogged pipe can help you avoid it. Here are some of the common reasons we see clogged drains:
Oil & Grease
When you do the dishes, you likely wash a lot of oil and grease off your pots and pans. You may even dump grease directly into your drain after cooking because you have nowhere else to dump it. You don’t want to pour it into a plastic trash bag, and you don’t want to pour it onto your grass and kill it. But dumping it down your drain can cause major problems.
Oil and grease coat your pipes, and they can harden into a sludge that blocks your pipes. Never pour oil or grease down the drain, and carefully scrape any oil or grease debris out of pans before washing them.
Some food debris can fall into the drain when you are washing the dishes. But some food debris is especially problematic for drains. Coffee grounds tend to stick to the bottom of the pipe, and eggshells tend to get trapped in the grease, hair, or other debris that is in your pipes, making the clog bigger.
Keep a compost bucket next to your sink for food scraps, and scrape all your plates and other dishes before washing them. You’ll keep your drain clear and protect your pipes. You’ll also make your drains less attractive to pests.
Flushable wipes are not as flushable as they claim to be. These often get caught in the pipes connected to your toilet, causing a nasty clog. They also hang around in septic systems a long time, causing serious problems.
Skip the flushable wipes and use toilet paper instead. If you must use the wipes, put them in a trash bin next to the toilet instead of in the toilet itself. Otherwise, you’ll be looking at expensive San Diego repipe repair.
Hair & Stringy Things
Hair, dental floss, and other stringy debris can be a serious problem for pipes. They can swirl around and tangle up on themselves, creating a wad of debris that creates a clog. Or they can grab onto other debris that is already in the pipe or that would otherwise flow through the pipe, creating a clog.
Again, never flush anything down the toilet other than toilet paper, and never put anything in your sink drain. Throw all these items into the trash, or know that a call to an Oceanside repiping company will be in your future.
If your drains do become clogged, do not be tempted to handle it yourself by pouring a chemical drain cleaner down the drain. These cleaners can cause serious drain damage, resulting in even more expensive repipe repair. Hire a plumber to handle any clogged pipes, and take steps to prevent pipes from becoming clogged again.
Hire Reliable Repipe Plumbers In Aliso Viejo
Call Integrity Repipe in California today if you have clogged drains. Our repiping plumbers will inspect your system to ensure that there are no other issues contributing to the clog, such as excess sediment. They will also check to see that there are no other problems being created by the clog, such as excess pressure pushing out the pipe connections. We’ll perform any needed repipe repair and help you take steps to protect your plumbing going forward. We handle all types of repipe repair for all types of plumbing systems, and we offer repiping for aging systems. Contact us in California today to schedule a consultation and inspection with a trusted repiping plumber.
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