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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. Cooking supper or doing the dishes will be impossible with a plugged-up sink. Another one is when the shower drain gets plugged with hair, making it uncomfortable to shower with water on the shower floor. 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.
The biggest mistake that people make in the kitchen sink is pouring grease down the drain. Grease can build up in the pipes, and when it cools, it will harden, choking off the drain opening. It may seem like a hassle to drain the grease in a jar and throw it in the trash, but its worth it in the long run.
A drain screen is an inexpensive way to prevent the shower drain from filling up with hair. This will catch the hair and after you shower, you can clean the screen.
Many people have garbage disposals under the sink. However, if you don't use your garbage disposal wisely you can end up with problems. Most food scraps will go down the disposal very nicely, but there are a few things you cannot put through it. Do not throw the following down the chute, hard seeds like a peach pit, egg shells, meat and surprisingly small seeds can block it completely.
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. If it is not bio-degradable do not flush it.
Plumbing companies offer drain cleaning services. They have the tools and know-how to un-plug a clogged drain with a plumbing auger of even high-pressure water if needed. When you have this service performed it will blast out anything that was blocking your drain.
You can try clearing the drain yourself but please be aware of the dangers of chemical 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. After that, chase it with hot water and let that site for a while. 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.