If you have a busy household, young kids or do a lot of cooking at home, you're likely to have drain clogs now and then. Fortunately, most clogs can be removed with a plunger or hot water. Stubborn clogs may require the services of a plumber and their drain cleaning tools. If it seems like you have to call a plumber to clean out your drains too frequently, then you may want to consider these tips for keeping your drains clear.
1. Talk To Your Plumber About Hydro Jetting
If your plumber normally uses a drain snake to chop through the clog, ask if hydro jetting might be more effective. A drain snake can cut through most any clog, but there might be some debris left clinging on the sides of the pipe that helps a new clog develop faster. This might happen when the clog is caused by tree roots. A hydro jet cleans all sides of the drain so every trace of the clog, including roots and slime buildup, are gone.
2. Find Out If You Need Drain Repairs
If you constantly battle tree roots in your sewer line, talk to your plumber about options for repairs. Tree roots can come through cracks or gaps in joints where pipes join together. It might be possible to make patch repairs or line the pipe so tree roots are kept out for good. You might still have occasional clogs due to grease or paper, but at least you won't have to deal with frequent drain cleaning due to root clogs.
3. Protect Your Pipes And Drains
Reduce your risk of a drain clog by keeping solids and grease out of the drains in your kitchen and bathrooms. Place screens in the sinks so nothing goes down the drains accidentally. Grease, hair, and food combine to cause drain clogs that build slowly over time, so you may want to clean the drains yourself regularly by pouring hot water in the drain or by using baking soda and vinegar in the drains.
Also, be careful about what goes down the toilet drain. Switch to toilet paper that dissolves quickly, and make sure no one in your family flushes paper towels or other trash that could cause a clog. Being extra careful about what you put down the drains makes a difference. You should experience fewer clogs and need to make fewer calls to the plumber.
However, when you notice the kitchen, toilet, or bathroom tub drains get slower than usual, it's good to take action and have your drain cleaned out before the clog gets so big the drain backs up and puts your sink or toilet out of service. Reach out to a professional for drain cleaning services.