New Year, New Clear! Ways to Keep Your Drains from Clogging

It’s a new year, and for many people that means it’s time to get started on your new year’s resolutions. For many people, resolutions may include taking better care of their house and preventing serious problems by being proactive about good habits that keep things running smoothly. For many people, preventing problems starts with your plumbing, and basic plumbing care starts with your drains. Here are a few ways you can prevent your drains from clogging up.

Use a Drain Catch

Tons of drain clogs emerge because things that are prone for clogging drains find their way down the sink where they become lodged in your plumbing and slowly accumulate into a clog. Hair, lint, and other fine fibers are arguably the biggest offenders in this regard, and all of them can quickly and easily find their way down the drain because many people don’t have the appropriate filters. Using hair catches in your sinks and showers or tubs, plus a lint catch over your washing machine drain line can stop these substances from finding their way down the drain and clogging up your lines.

Be Careful What You Put Down the Drain

Your drains may seem like the easiest way to dispose of food waste, especially if you have a garbage disposal. This is particularly true for your kitchen: food waste going down the drain is a huge cause of obnoxious clogs, and many of these clogs form simply because someone put something down the drain that they really shouldn’t have. Even though you may have a garbage disposal that grinds up food waste for easy disposal, don’t put things like bacon or cooking grease, fibrous foods like asparagus, or even solid foods like eggshells down the drain, as they all are key contributors to clog formation, even if they’re ground up and flushed with hot water.

Don’t Use Your Toilet as a Disposal

Toilets allow you to dispose of waste in an easy and sanitary fashion, but they’re not a trash can and shouldn’t be treated as such. Solid waste such as cotton balls, tissue paper, makeup applicators, feminine hygiene products, and more are all things people believe can be disposed of with a simple flush, but this is far from true. These solid waste forms can contribute to a clog in your toilet that’s remarkably difficult to remove.

If you do experience a drain clog this year, trust an experienced Fort Myers plumbing professional from Aztec Plumbing to get your pipes clean, clear, and flowing smoothly once again.

Call Aztec Plumbing at (239) 232-2012 to request a service appointment today!