When you have problems with your drainpipes clogging, chances are that you want these problems fixed as quickly as possible. While many things are marketed as flushable, that still does not mean that you want them in your drain. These are just some ways that you can avoid clogged pipes.
Do Not: Do Your Own Repairs
Doing your own repairs can save you some money, but it could also cause many problems down the road. If you are working with something that you do not understand, chances are that you will make the issue much worse rather than making it better. You can try clearing basic clogs yourself, but anything more complicated is going to require the professional service of a plumber. A skilled plumber can diagnose and fix your problem much faster than you are able to do yourself.
Do Not: Dump Non-Organic Materials Down The Drain
If you use your sink as a waste receptacle, chances are that you are going to run into trouble. If you pour paint down the sink for example, it could lead to a serious clog that you cannot get rid of yourself. If you are pouring chemicals, motor oil, paint thinner, and spackle down the pipes, it will pollute the local water supply and might destroy your pipes.
Do Not: Overfeed The Garbage Disposal
Some people make the mistake of assuming that their garbage disposal is a replacement for their garbage can. Some things are just not ‘garbage disposal friendly’. Some fibrous items such as cornhusks and cobs, celery, and artichokes are just not meant to be. You should never pour fats, oil, or grease down the drain. If you are going to run the garbage disposal, make sure that you allow for plenty of water and soap as well.
Do Not: Flush Things That You Should Not
You should not flush certain things down the toilet, even if they are flushable according to the label. Band-Aids, dental floss, cigarette butts, cotton swabs, cotton balls, condoms, and moist towelettes, these all find their way into the toilet when they really do not belong there. If you want to make sure that you avoid putting additional strain on your plumbing, do not flush these down the drain.
These are some good suggestions on how to avoid problems in the future. If you already have issues that you need to deal with right now, we recommend that you call the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services. They will be able to help you determine what is needed for your specific situation.