7 Ways To Prevent Drains From Clogging

Clogged drains are just one of life’s little hassles, but you can prevent these events from happening by taking some simple precautions. These can save you the cost of having to call professional plumbers to clean out your drain. To prevent drains from clogging, make sure that you do all the following:


While it might be convenient to pour cooking grease down the drain, don’t do it. While hot, the grease can still be poured, but as it cools in the drain it becomes a solid mass that blocks the flow of water down the drain. Save cooking grease in a resealable container and dispose of it at your local waste disposal center if your community has restrictions against throwing grease away in the trash.

Filter Out Hair

If you or someone in your house has long hair, a filter placed over the tub or shower drain can prevent clogs caused by hair stuck in the drain. These are available at home improvement stores, usually for less than $2. This small investment can save you on a plumbing service call.

Garbage Disposals

If you have a garbage disposal, always run water while operating it and for several seconds after you shut it off. This ensures that the food waste tossed in the garbage disposal is broken up and pushed down the pipes.

Natural Drain Cleaners

Instead of harsh drain cleaners, use a natural, and cheaper approach of equal parts baking soda, salt, and vinegar. Combine 1/2 cup each of baking soda and salt together and pour it down each drain. Add 1/2 cup vinegar and leave it for one minute. Clear the drain with at least 2 quarts of boiling water. This mixture may help clear minor clogs or prevent future clogs. It will also help to get rid of odors in your drain.

Check the Label

Read the label carefully for any toilet tissue or wipes you use. Only flush those that explicitly say they are flushable. Some baby wipes or personal cleansing wipes will not break down and cause clogs in your drain lines.

Clearing Minor Clogs

If water slowly leaves your drain, you may have a partial blockage in your drain line. Use a plunger until the clog clears and drainage is restored. Clearing minor clogs yourself can save you time and money by avoiding a call to a plumber.

Coffee Grounds

Coffee grounds do not belong in a garbage disposal or drain. They can produce clogs further down the line or damage your garbage disposal. Save the grounds for a compost pile or throw them away in the trash.

Even after taking all of these measures for preventing drains from clogging, if you still develop a clog in your drains that you cannot fix, give a professional plumber a call. They are experts in drain clearing and have the equipment needed to get rid of the most stubborn clogs and blockages in your plumbing.

Ben Franklin Punctual Plumbers in San Antonio offers services ranging from installation, repair, and leak detection.

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