Dealing with blocked drains or any pipe problems at your home is always a big deal. In most cases, it’s always better to contact a licensed blocked drain plumber instead of fixing the problem yourself.
But the fact that many individuals want to learn the DIY method of fixing blocked drains is admirable. If you’re one of them, it’s important to learn what should be done and what shouldn’t. Take a look at these do’s and don’ts and find out if you’re qualified to fix your drains by yourself.
Do Install a Drain Trap or Filter
An easy way to maintain clog-free drains is through the installation of a drain trap or drain filter. As its name says, it filters and prevents any large items like hair or food from going down the drain. This also makes cleaning very easy.
Do Pour Little Amount of Hot Water Down the Drain
Pouring a little amount of hot water may not eliminate the source of the clogging. However, this method helps remove stuck small items. Therefore, some hot water won’t hurt when clogging is noted.
Do Run Water While Disposal is Running
When you turn on your garbage disposal to prevent clogging, it may be a good idea to run cold water. This helps the flushing process. You can keep the water running for around 60 seconds so you can get rid of those leftover particles.
When dealing with the Don’ts, it’s important to remember that these tips are as important as the Do’s.
Don’t Put Greasy and Oily Food Particles Down the Sink
Greasy and oily food particles will most likely harden when placed down the drain, hence, increasing the chances of clogging. Therefore, these kinds of foods should be disposed of properly and disposing them down the sink is strongly discouraged.
Don’t Put Food Waste or Even Any Non-Edible Items Down the Drain
Always remember how delicate garbage disposals and drains can be. If you’re having second thoughts whether it’s okay to put a particular item in your garbage disposal or not, chances are, it’s not. So don’t even bother putting it there. For any hesitations, the safest is to dispose of them properly and that’s through the garbage bin. Some examples which are a no-no include cigarette butts, egg shells, Band-aids and paper towels.
Don’t Flush the Drain with Vinegar or Boiling Water
Take note that there is a difference between hot water (which is okay to pour) and boiling water. While you may think that boiling water may assist the unclogging, the part that you miss is that it can eventually cause other damages such as rusty drains or drains which may become less durable.
If the do’s and don’ts mentioned above are too confusing for you to remember when you experience blocked drains, always go for the safest approach — contacting a plumber to fix the problem for you.