Posted on 9/29/2011

Drains are a part of every homeowner’s plumbing system. Regularly maintaining your drains can help, but even with proper maintenance, drains can become clogged. While some clogged drains can be fixed without the help of a professional, attempting to solve the problem yourself can lead to permanent damage to the pipes and fixtures. Here are some tips to avoid clogged drains.

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  • When hot grease is poured down your kitchen sink, it cools and hardens, trapping food, hair, and whatever else goes into the drain. Avoid pouring grease down your sink whenever possible. Dispose of grease properly by collecting it in a disposable vessel and throwing it away. Wipe down greasy pans with a paper towel before putting them in the sink.
  • Every month, rinse your drain with a pot or two of boiling water. This will soften any fat that may have hardened in the drain. Every two months, after rinsing the drain with boiling water, pour one cup each of vinegar and baking soda down the drain and rinse with more boiling water. Make sure to cover the drain so that the solution stays down in the drain. The solution is a green alternative to using harsh chemicals that can corrode the pipes and fixtures. Read the instructions for use on any store-bought product before attempting to use chemicals in conjunction with homemade fixes. Doing so has the potential to cause more damage to your pipes than good. If ever in doubt on whether or not you should use a particular type of cleaner, consult your plumber for advice.

  • The same measures listed above can help clear tub clogs. Buying a strainer to place over the drain can help trap hair and small particles that clog your drain.
  • Don’t use your toilet as a trash can. Here is a list of items NOT to place in your toilet.
    • Too much toilet paper
    • Feminine hygiene products
    • Cotton
    • Hair
    • Baby related products
    • Sanitary wipes and paper towels
If your drain is stubborn and refuses to unclog, calling in a professional will be your best bet. Our professional plumbers at Arrow Plumbing Inc. have years of expertise and many tools at their disposal to take care of any of your plumbing needs. We serve the entire Libertyville area including commercial and residential customers. Please contact Arrow Plumbing Inc. at (847) 549-9600 for more information on our services.