FT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- A few preventative procedures can keep your drains from becoming clogged. Sewer repairs are an expensive proposition and should be prevented if possible. A little bit of care can keep your drain and pipes free of clogged food, hair and build-up on the sides of the pipe. However, if the pipes are already clogged, always call a plumbing repair service that is A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau.
The drain of your sink shouldn't be used to dispose of cooking waste. It's tempting to wash things down the drain when cleaning dishes but food and grease can build up in the pipes causing clogs. Cooking grease and coffee grounds should be disposed of properly. Coffee grounds should be thrown into the trash or added to a compost pile, and grease can be stored in any metal container with a cover like an old coffee can. Scrape food from plates before adding them to the sink to be washed.
In the shower or tub, it's hard to stop hair going down the drain, but avoid letting children play in the tub with small toys, which could get lodged in the drain. Shampoo, lotions and hair can build into a wad of gunk that won't allow water to pass. Consider a screen for tubs and bathroom sinks.
It's important to clean drain pipes often to keep food particles from adhering to the inside of the pipes. Children like to put inappropriate items in the sink, which can get pulled down the drain. If this happens in your house, add a screen or grate to the drain. if things fall down the drain often like pennies, use a screen or grate to cover the drain opening. A screen can be purchased at any hardware or home improvement store.
Periodically, you should clean out the pipes with natural ingredients. Baking soda or vinegar followed by boiling water can keep your drains sparkling clean. After adding the baking soda or vinegar, allow it to stand for a few minutes before adding the boiling water. This method is safe, gentle and has the added bonus of removing any lingering food smells from the drain. Avoid harsh chemicals for cleaning drains or removing clogs since over time, they can erode the pipes. Replacing pipes or stopping leaks can be costly.
Once you get a clog in your drain, call a plumber to remove the clog instead of trying to shove harsh chemicals down the drain. The plumber can remove the clog completely.
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