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A clogged drain can really be frustrating. If the kitchen sink is clogged, you won't be able to use the sink at all. Since the kitchen sink is one of the most commonly used sinks in the home, cooking and dishes can be difficult with a clogged drain. If you have a clogged shower drain, it can be frustrating. If the drain is completely clogged, you won't be able to use the shower at all. With a slowly draining shower your feet are in a puddle and soap scum will cling to your ankles. If you want to prevent your drains from becoming clogged, there are a few steps to take.
Pouring grease down the kitchen sink is one of the most common problems a local plumber is called out for. Grease can build up in the pipes, and when it cools, it will harden, choking off the drain opening. Pouring hot grease into a jar will seem foreign at first, but it is worth it to make that a new habit.
To keep hair from getting down the shower drain and clogging it up you can place a drain screen over the drain. They cost next to nothing and work quite well.
Under sink garburators are a common appliance now. But when you throw the wrong stuff down there problems arise. Most food scraps will go down the disposal very nicely, but there are a few things you cannot put through it. Eggshells, seeds, meat and similar stuff. This will prevent the garburator from shutting down.
Soft tissues and toilet paper are fine, but larger items should not get flushed. A few examples of these items include baby wipes, disposable diapers, paper towels, and band-aids. Anything that is not biodegradable should not go down the toilet.
Plumbing companies offer drain cleaning services. They can use an auger or even high pressure water to flush and clear everything that could potentially clog drain. They can clear any type of clog out of any household drain.
If you make one of these common mistakes and your drains do become clogged, you want to avoid using liquid drain cleaners. Not only are these products usually ineffective, but they can be harmful to the pipes.
You can try pouring some baking soda down the drain followed by the same amount of of vinegar and let it sit for ten or fifteen minutes. Then pour piping hot water down the drain to soften things up. This should clear things up if the clog was not too-too bad. If that does not clear things up, then you will probably want to call a local plumber.