How to prevent clogs in water pipes?

The worst are clogs. You may use your plumbing tools when you need to without having to spend your Saturday plunging or snaking by preventing blockages before they arise. Preventing clogs also contributes to the longest-lasting, most effective operation of your plumbing system.

The best part is that you may avoid clogs without spending any money! In actuality, the finest things a homeowner can do to avoid clogs are free of charge… and they’ll end up saving you a tonne of money. Here are a few short, easy recommended practises to remember in order to avoid clogging in the sinks and bathtubs in your house.

Food in the sink

1. Avoid emptying food scraps into the kitchen sink

It may seem obvious, but when we say “no food,” we really mean “no food” or “food bi-products.” Eggshells, grease, oil, fat, coffee grounds, bones, meat, and cereals may all clog the drain in your kitchen sink. Most meals may be broken down and flushed down the drain if you have a trash disposal, but you should know how to operate one correctly.

Grease, oil, or coffee grounds should never be flushed down the sink if you do have a disposal. They’ll amass additional items going down the drain and cover the interior of your pipes, coating them until a blockage occurs. Scrape food off plates, put leftovers in the trash, and put oil and coffee grounds in disposable containers before tossing them away. Never use the toilet.

drain in a stainless steel kitchen sink

2. Utilize a sink drain screen or drain grate.

Non-liquid items cannot enter the drain at the bottom of the sink and get blocked there if a grate or screen is put over it. Food, hair, and other debris cannot travel through the grate, however water does so without any issues. Remember that toxic substances like oil and grease won’t function with the majority of grates.

After you purchase a grate, be careful to regularly wash it out. If a grate accumulates a lot of dirt without being cleaned, it may provide a hygiene risk. When necessary, you may cover many sink plugs with removable grates. Grates are simple, reasonably priced, and accessible at nearby hardware shops.

Lady combing her hair

3. Comb your hair before taking a bath.

This one is one of our favourites since many homeowners have never heard it. All the loose hair on your head is naturally and securely removed when you brush your hair. When you take a shower or bath, the water sweeps this loose hair off of you and down the drain.

This is an excellent starting step if you’ve ever battled with a horrible hair blockage in your shower or bathroom sink and wondered how to stop hair from blocking your drain.

Pouring water down sink drain #4. Inspect stoppers for buildup and hair

In many cases, a blockage begins as a buildup of hair, soap scum, and other material around your drain stopper. Constant usage of your sink causes bits of this unpleasant “collection” to wash down the drain, where they start to build up a clog.

Pull your drain stoppers out of the sink entirely once every two weeks when you clean your bathroom and inspect them for buildup. Along with the chalky soap scum buildup, other natural detritus like skin cells and grime, you’ll probably notice some damp hair. With the hair removed, scrape the stopper well with a toothbrush and cleaning solution.

Installing a shower drain hair catcher could be a good idea. These are simple to instal, and you can get them at your neighbourhood hardware shop. The hair that falls through is effectively caught in a little cage on the bottom of the drain. Just be sure to regularly wipe it out.

Suds that a chemical cleaner produces

Avoid Using Chemical Cleaners.

The majority of frequently used chemical declogging agents have acidic qualities. These substances could unclog your drain, but their acid will corrode your pipes at the same time. Drain cleaners speed up corrosion, and when pipes corrode, piping material particles come loose from the inner walls and fall into the pipe. These particles could get trapped and start to develop a fresh blockage. Because the pipe walls aren’t robust enough to withstand the pressure of the water moving through them, corroded pipes also spring leaks much more readily.

Even though they might be inconvenient, pipe obstructions are almost seldom long-lasting. corrosion in pipes is. Even a professional wouldn’t be able to repair corroded pipes other than to replace the broken ones. Don’t cut corners with chemical cleansers since replacing a pipe is far more costly than declogging it.

Give Purified Plumbing a call right away if you’re experiencing a stubborn blockage or any other kind of troublesome plumbing issue in the meantime. No matter how small or serious the plumbing problem is, we have the professional plumbing team and expertise to repair it.