Drain clogs are a major inconvenience. Drain backups can be highly unpleasant. Many things can lead to them as well. If you want to protect yourself from the trouble a clogged drain can cause, follow some of these simple suggestions and prolong the health of your sewer drains.


Drains are built to carry waste out of your home, but all wastes are not meant to travel down sewer drains. If you are serious about stopping pesky drain clogs then you need to be more careful about the things that find their way inside of your drains. The basic rule is that you should not place things inside the drains that do not dissolve in water.


Even though the kitchen sink has a ‘garbage’ disposal, do not dispose of garbage here. Throw away large items such as bones, fruit pits, pieces of vegetables, rice, pasta in an actual garbage. Large pieces of garbage may get stuck in your kitchen line or travel down to the main line.

Grease and kitchen drain just aren’t a good mix. Since grease, oil, and butter change density with temperature, they can stick to the drain’s inner surface and start catching remnants of food. Excessive amounts of grease can with time bring on sewer obstructions. This is due to the fact that plumbing systems do not have the ability to deconstruct grease.


Soap and hair regularly meet inside of shower and bathtub drains. If not taken care of they accumulate into extensive drain clogs. They can quickly cause water to back up into the tub when in use. These clogs sometimes become so significant that you have to rely on a professional to take care of them. Use mesh screen ‘hair catcher’ to minimize the amount of hair going inside the drain and clean up the excess hair every couple of shower usage.
In the toilet, do not flush anything other than body waste and toilet paper. Try to use minimal toilet paper per flush. ‘Flushable’ wipes do not dissolve very well and are not really flushable. Never flush feminine hygiene products, instead dispose of them in a trashcan.


Once a clog starts to form, the growth is exponential. As the clog gets bigger, it can catch and hold on to larger debris. Drain clogs growth means the inner surface of a drain pipe gets smaller and tighter. Eventually, to get drains back to their normal functions, a professional is required.
Removing or repairing considerable obstructions can sometimes be extremely expensive, so it is in your best interest to maintain your drain’s function and always be aware of how your drain is aging. Symptoms become more obvious as drains are increasingly obstructed. If you suspect that your drain may require professional attention however you are not sure, then start by getting it inspected.


Pay attention to the signals your home’s drain is giving you. Your drain may be starting to clog if water accumulates in your bathtub, sink, toilet or if flushing one toilet causes water to bubble over at another toilet. Find out whether or not your drains are starting to clog; video inspect your sewer drains. AAJDS can provide you with a video recording of your drains.


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