by Duane Blanton on November 21, 2014

Drain Clog Prevention

 

Drain CleaningPart of being a homeowner is having to deal with little inconveniences with the different systems of your home. One system that is known to potentially develop issues is the plumbing system. One common plumbing problem is a clogged drain. If a drain gets clogged it is important to call for professional Drain Cleaning services, however, making sure that proper steps are being taken to prevent the issue is the best way to go.

Why do drains clog?

Drains are the avenue to the plumbing system that runs throughout your home. Drains can clog for a number of reasons and knowing the reasons can help prevent clogs in the future. One of the biggest reasons for clogged drains is due to old piping.

Older homes often have galvanized or cast iron pipes as their plumbing system. Both are known for their ability to corrode over time from the inside out. This corrosion creates a rough surface on the inside of pipes making it more difficult for things to pass. Instead, debris will start to collect and eventually cause clogs.

Common wastes and products that can collect in drains are:

• Hair
• Lint
• Food
• Toothpaste
• Rust
• Chemicals
• Unidentified goo

Tips on preventing clogs:

It’s not always easy to prevent everything from going down a drain, but making a consorted effort to prevent unwanted dirt and debris from making its way down your drain is the best, and should be your first line of defense.

The coffee filter home remedy

As an added measure of clog prevention, use a coffee filter under your existing drain in the sink to help catch many things. Word of caution with this method, is to keep up with the filter and don’t let it eventually make its way down the drain.

Forget chemicals

Do not be tempted to use chemicals to unclog a clog. Over-the-counter clog removal chemicals are actually more damaging to pipes than many realize. They are harsh chemicals that can erode pipes and cause a build-up that will enhance the ability of dirt and debris to get stuck and clog your drain.

New piping system

If you aren’t sure what type of pipes you have in your home, you can have them checked. If your home is older, you may want to consider having your home re-piped by a professional plumbing company with PVC piping to help clog prevention due to the build-up of rust and erosion.

Are you looking for Drain Cleaning services in the Round Lake area? Look no further than Duane Blanton, call us today at (847) 855-0000. 

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