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How To Keep Your Home Clog-Free

If your drains and home plumbing systems are working properly, they shouldn’t be slow or backed up. Sometimes circumstances are too big for prevention or fixing it yourself, such as a tree root growing into your pipe.

Besides some rare circumstances, there are things you can do daily, monthly, or seasonally to help keep your home clog-free.

Drain Guards

Protecting your home's drains is important to how your system works year-round. Investing in drain guards is a smart and affordable way to help catch things causing those nasty clogs.

These clog-causers can include:

  • Foods

  • Hair

  • Grease

  • Soap Scum

  • And More.

Drain Cleaning

Your drains let wastewater flow through your pipes to a septic tank or sewer plant. You don’t want to risk wastewater coming back up the drain into your home.

This is why drain cleaning is important, to help protect against clogs, backups or to help flush down substances that shouldn’t have gone down the drain at all.

Although you may want to just pick up a drain cleaner from the store, this is not a great idea. The chemicals in these cleaners can eat away at your pipes, and even if they work for a while, it isn’t a permanent fix.

Instead, try out a DIY solution that can be made at home. For example, Vinegar and baking soda.

Drain cleaning can also be done by professionals, which will last longer. Professionals at Flow Pro Plumbing stay up to date with the latest drain cleaning methods and materials to ensure your drains stay clog-free.

Run The Water

Besides taking the time or scheduling a drain cleaning, there is something you can do every time you use the sink.

Simply run the hot water for a few minutes to ensure the wastewater flows through your pipes effortlessly.

Pipes

When your problem isn’t able to be fixed by a plunger or a drain cleaning, it may mean the problem is deeper in your home’s pipes.

Luckily, when you call Flow Pro Plumbing, they can help find the deeper issue with a sewer camera inspection.

A sewer camera inspection gives the ability to see within the pipes to find what may be causing continuous clogs, slow drains, or backups.

Oftentimes it discovers corroded, punctured, broken, or misaligned pipes, as well as root intrusion, grease buildups, and other obstructions.

Once finding the issue our professionals can help find the best course of action to get your home back running efficiently

Take These Tips

Be careful what you throw down your drains and toilets. Avoid these materials:

  • Grease

  • Hair

  • Eggshells

  • Rice

  • Coffee Grounds

  • Kitty Litter

  • Cigarettes

  • Paper towels

  • Cotton Balls

  • Q-Tips

  • Feminine hygiene products

  • Wipes of any kind (even the “flushable” ones)

  • Paint

  • Flour

  • Medication

  • Bones from meats

  • Banana Peels

  • Fruit or vegetable pits

Also before getting in the shower or bath, brush your hair, to remove any loose hair. This will help with hair build up within your drain.

Call A Professional

When you are seeing an issue, be sure to call a professional, before the plumbing problem gets worse. Signs you may have a plumbing issue may include:

  • Slow-moving drains or drains that do not empty

  • Frequent clogs and backups

  • Several drains are having issues at the same time

  • When using one drain, other drains in the house back up

  • Your sinks fill with water when running the faucet

  • Bad smells, like sewage or rotting food coming from your drains

  • Drains back up when you run the dishwasher

Flow Pro Plumbing is here to help keep your home clog-free. Call us at (925) 436-1717 for all your plumbing needs.