Tired Of Clogged Drains? Follow These 4 Tips To Help Prevent Them


Ready to say goodbye to clogged drains in your home? Here are four tips that you need to follow that will help you say goodbye to them forever: 

Avoid Pouring Grease and Oil Down Your Sink Drains.

It can be very tempting to pour hot grease down your sink drains when you're done cooking with it. However, this is the very last thing that you should do – even if you follow it with water. After the grease and oil cool down, it will harden in the drain, create a big mass in the pipes and eventually cause a serious clog that may result in a big back-up in your home. These types of clogs can be very difficult to clear, even for a professional plumber. The best thing you can do is to reuse the grease and oil and/or dispose of it in the trash in a tightly sealed container.

Don't Put Fibrous, Stringy and Hard Foods Down Your Garbage Disposal.

Prevention is better than treatment. So, whenever you can, you should always put food scraps in the garbage can rather than your garbage disposal. This is particularly true for foods that are especially harmful to your plumbing pipes and disposal, such as banana peels, celery, lettuce, asparagus, corn husks, bones and potato skins. For one, these foods will dull your garbage disposal blades keeping your disposal from doing its job. For two, these foods can very easily get stuck in your plumbing pipes and lead to clogged drains. 

Avoid Using Your Toilet as a Garbage Can.

Flushing items that should not go into your plumbing pipes and the septic system can be very harmful to your plumbing system as a whole and can cause major sewer backups into your home, which can result in costly repairs. Therefore, your toilet should never be used for flushing diapers, tampons, cotton balls, condoms, bandages, etc. You should only flush human waste, such as feces and urine, as well as toilet paper. If something claims it is flushable, it probably isn't. It is better to err on the side of caution and simply dispose of it in the waste basket.  

Install Strainers on All of Your Drains – and Keep Them Clean.

This is probably one of the most effective and inexpensive ways you can prevent clogs in your home. Drain strainers can be installed in every single one of your drains and can catch pieces of soap, hair and other objects that often result in clogged drains in homes. However, it takes more than just installing the drain strainer. You must also clean them on a regular basis for them to be effective. Otherwise, they'll be useless. This isn't a pleasant task, but it is cheaper and easier than having to have your drains cleared at a later date by a professional plumber (such as one from Ardalta Vacuum Truck Services Ltd septic services).  


2 May 2016

DIY plumbing - can you do it yourself?

When you get a clogged drain or a toilet that just won't flush, do you reach for the phone and call for a plumber? When you have these seemingly simple plumbing problems around your house, you have to make a decision quickly. Do you pay for someone to come out and make the repairs, or do you attempt the repair on your own? This blog is all about DIY plumbing repairs. You will learn the basics and find tips for when to cut your losses and call in for professional assistance so you don't make a small fix one that needs serious repairs.