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Tips for Preventing Drain Clogs

A clogged drain can happen at any moment, and it’s never convenient to deal with. Use these tips to help you avoid the hassle of a drain clog:

1. Avoid Grease

Many cooks have a habit of pouring warm grease down the drain, but this can be detrimental to your pipes. The grease will solidify when it cools, and a clog will eventually form as it accumulates with other food and debris that you put in the drain.

2. Use a Mesh Screen

Hair and soap can clog up your shower or bath drain fast. A mesh screen is a simple way to prevent this issue. The screen is placed over the drain so that it can catch hair and any buildup from soaps, shampoos, and other products.

3. Toss Food Waste

While it might be handy to put leftover food into the garbage disposal, doing so can lead to major drain problems. Be careful putting certain types of waste in the disposal, especially bones, meat, pasta, potato peels, and greasy foods. These are best placed in your trash bin.

4. Be Mindful of What You Flush

The toilet isn’t a garbage can, so don’t treat it like one. It’s generally okay to flush toilet paper as long as you aren’t trying to flush a bunch at once, but anything else should be thrown in your trash. Floss, Q-tips, and other debris can build up and cause a clog.

5. Get an Inspection

One of the worst things you can do is ignore a drain that is repeatedly becoming clogged. This can lead to more serious issues down the road, so if you find yourself constantly unclogging the same drain, it’s best to call in a professional to get to the root of the problem.

At Hometown Plumbing of Bakersfield, we can handle all of your drain issues promptly. Call us today to learn more.