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Have you ever taken a shower and found yourself standing in a puddle of water? Or have you washed your hands and found the sink wouldn’t drain? Clogs occur when there is a problem with drainage. They are one of the biggest plumbing problems with sewers. To keep your drains flowing and prevent clogs, they need to be regularly maintained.

Tips for maintaining your drains

Perform inspections.

Drains are most often associated with sinks. But there are a number of access points in your home where waste can drain into your sewer system. Understanding where all your drainage access points are is a good first step to keeping your drains flowing. Rooms that have drainage access points are bathrooms, kitchen, laundry/utility room and mudroom. Look in these rooms to identify drain locations for your showers, tubs and sinks, toilets and appliances such as the washing machine, dishwasher, garbage disposal and water heater. It is important to properly maintain these appliances and understand what tasks can be done so they continue to drain properly. For example, your washing machine and dishwasher drain lines should be periodically checked to make sure they are clear of debris.

Do regular maintenance.

Drains need regular maintenance to minimize mineral deposits, waste and dirt that accumulates in them. Drain cleaners can be purchased or made with a mixture of vinegar and hot water. Use the drain cleaner or vinegar/water mixture to clean the drains every few months, or more frequently for older pipes and slower drains. You might also need to periodically use a plunger to loosen debris. If your drains remained slow or clogged after plunging and cleaning them, try duplicating your cleaning efforts. If the problem persists, it could be more serious. Contact a plumber for assistance.

Follow proper disposal.

Being mindful of what goes down your drains can reduce your risk of clogs. Keep in mind that the drainage pipe is only so wide and is not built to handle everything. Even if waste goes out of sight, it can accumulate or get trapped in the pipes, causing an obstruction. Large masses can cause serious problems. This includes too much toilet paper flushed down the toilet. Hair in the shower can also be a major problem. To stop obstructions from clogging your drains, use drain screens to help catch waste too large for the drain. Also, don’t pour anything that can be reactive or congeal down the drain. And don’t forget that your garbage disposal can only handle small quantities of food waste.

Being alert to slow drainage or a clog early can help you from having a major problem with your drains later. Regular inspections and maintenance of your sewer system can help keep your drains in tip-top shape. In addition, being proactive about what you pour down the drain or flush down the toilet can reduce your risks of clogs and sewer line breaks.

High Priority Plumber performs sewer inspections that can help recognize problems early. We also repair and maintain drains to help keep them flowing. To arrange for an inspection, clean your sewer lines or schedule repairs, call our office at 770.860.8110 in Atlanta or at 912.373.7707 in Savannah.