In previous posts, we talked about the problems caused by clogged drains and some of the possible solutions. Now, let’s focus on some easy steps everyone can take to avoid clogs from occurring in the first place.
- Watch what you flush.
Only waste and toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet. Other objects can cause clogs or buildup in the line.
Young children tend to flush foreign objects down the toilet. They should be educated and properly supervised on toilet usage so they don’t flush anything that will cause problems.
- Clear out the buildup.
We recommend regular use of BioSmart to clear out sludge and buildup. This product will eat through organic material (like hair) over time and keep the line clear of obstruction. Of course, BioSmart will not help if inorganic foreign objects are obstructing the line. BioSmart is EPA approved, so the bacteria in the product is naturally occurring and safe for use in the plumbing system. While not advisable, accidental skin contact or ingestion of BioSmart is non-toxic.
Other chemical drain cleaners available for purchase at the supermarket are not recommended. These acidic chemicals are toxic if they are ingested or if they come in contact with the skin. Additionally, they will cause the pipes to wear over time and could shorten their lifespan. The worst case scenario from regular use of chemical cleaners would be holes in the pipe, leading to slow leaks in the walls or ceilings.
Whereas BioSmart can be used regularly for maintenance of the system, harsher chemical drain cleaners are used to deal with the acute problem and should not be used on a regular basis.
- Don’t dump grease down the sink.
Grease is a big problem because it can build up over time, slowly restricting drain flow. It’s a good idea not to drain leftover grease from foods with high fat content (such as bacon).
- Get professional help.
If you notice slow drainage, lingering smell, or any unusual issues with your plumbing, give us a call so we can check it out. It’s better to have professional help fix the problem early, before it leads to something more expensive and inconvenient.
The first thing that we will do is restore flow to the system by clearing the line. Then, we will send our camera down into the line if possible to get a better look at the problem. We will look on a case by case basis to determine exactly what the problem is and what your options are to get it properly fixed.
If you’d like to learn more about proactive solutions such as BioSmart that you can use in order to prevent household calls, give us a call today.