The Best Preventative Maintenance for Drain Clogs

July 15, 2021

One of the best ways to keep your drains and plumbing system in good condition for years to come is to prioritize preventative maintenance. Many of the most common problems you experience, from clogs to leaks, can be prevented by staying on top of regular maintenance and being proactive about making small repairs as needed.

Here are a few simple tips to keep your plumbing running smoothly and to prevent your drains from getting clogged up.

Clean drains when they get slow

Some drains start to slow down before they develop a full clog. There are a variety of methods you can use to remove a blockage in the drain before it gets worse. Plungers might be sufficient, but if the problem is deeper down, you might use a combination of vinegar and hot water to send down the drain to flush it out.

While there are plenty of household drain cleaners on the market, we recommend trying to use natural products whenever possible, as chemical cleaners can be very harsh on the environment and damaging to your plumbing system. Scheduling drain cleaning with your plumber on a regular basis can also be an extremely helpful form of preventative maintenance.

Be careful with what you put down your drain

Another important factor in preventing clogs is your awareness of what you can and cannot put down a drain. Only toilet paper and human waste should be flushed down a toilet. A lot of clogs come from people flushing baby wipes or feminine hygiene products down toilets, but you’d be amazed at how many random items people send down their toilets and drains that get lodged in the sewer system and result in massive clogs.

Only non-reactive liquids should be sent down any type of drain. In addition, there are certain items that should not be sent down a garbage disposal, such as certain oils and fats, eggshells, coffee grounds and fibrous vegetable waste.

Check your sewer lines

If your home is on a municipal sewer system, you should get familiar with how your lines run and keep an eye out for any trees with roots that could possibly damage the pipes running below.

It’s also a good idea to occasionally have your sewer lines snaked. This will help you prevent clogs and damage and remove any debris buildup inside of those lines.

If you believe you have any kind of problem with your sewer lines, you can have a professional come out and send a camera through the system to look for any issues impacting the lines, such as clogs, roots, settling or other problems.

Check the water pressure in your home

Regularly check your water pressure so you can make sure your system is operating at the proper levels. Pressure regulators will help you maintain your ideal, preferred water pressure level.

These are just a few examples of some of the various preventative maintenance measures you should employ with the plumbing system in your home.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can take care of your plumbing, or if you’d like to schedule a drain cleaning appointment, contact the team at Moody & McClendon Plumbing Inc. today.

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