Friday, December 5, 2014

Handling Stubborn Drain Clogs

A clogged drain can cause real trouble for the family. Virtually all activities have to halt until the clog that keeps dirty water from running out of the house is removed. Serious cases of clogging have to be dealt with by professional plumbers. Here’s how you can handle drain clogs.

Avoiding clogged drains and toilets

It’s easier to stop these clogs from happening than make a mess trying to fix them when they do occur. It’s as simple as installing a hair catcher in bathroom drains and a food catcher in the kitchen sink, since hair and food particles are among the major causes of clogging.

In the kitchen, make sure not to throw used cooking oil or grease down the drain. This will clog the drain pipes the same way cholesterol clogs an artery. In the bathroom, be mindful about what you flush down the toilet. Human waste and toilet paper degrade and won’t cause blockage. Diapers, prescription medication, paper towels, tampons, and other objects that don’t dissolve over time, though, should go into the dumpster.

When all else fails

What if the blockage remains even after attempts to de-clog the drains? For sinks, the plumbing underneath has to be disassembled and the U-shaped pipe must be cleared manually. Unclogging a toilet would entail the use of special tools. Unless you have experience with plumbing fixtures and tools, it’s advisable to consult drain cleaning professionals so everyone at home can get back into the flow of things.

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