We don’t recommend actively trying to avoid services for your drain. Having your drains cleaned is kind of like cleaning out your garage every year—it’s not really fun but you just have to do it to save yourself from trouble in the future.
Allowing drains to get too dirty cause them to clog up at the worst possible time. It can also cause bacteria to grow in the drains, leading to foul odors and unsanitary conditions.
In order to avoid that, the best thing you can do is to get a drain cleaning in Phoenix, AZ. The second best thing you can do is to be better about what you’re putting down the drains.
Substances That Clog Drains
Fats, Oils, Greases: Also referred to collectively as FOG, these three substances are the terrible trio of pipe-clogging. That makes them so horrible is that these substances solidify as they cool. When they’re hot and fresh off the frying pan, it seems logical to wash it all down the sink with everything else. But after they become more solid inside your pipes, they’ll become a sticky surface for bits of food, produce stickers, and other clog-building substances.
Butter and Margarine: Yep, these fall under the FOG category! If you don’t want FOGs to ruin your plumbing, pour them in a cup lined with foil, wait for them to solidify, and toss them out with the garbage.
Flour: When you mix flour and water, it creates a creamy paste that acts like a glue. You can already imagine that this is not something you want going down your drains.
Pasta and Rice: With pasta and rice, it’s nearly unavoidable to have leftover bits stuck to the plate. Instead of washing them down the drain, however, make the extra effort to scrape them into the trash. These starchy foods will expand when added to water, thus creating the perfect conditions for a clog.
Coffee Grounds: Coffee grounds will stubbornly clump together inside your pipes to form a clog rivaling those made by fats, oils, and greases. Washing them down with water won’t help like you think it would. Instead, pour those grounds in the compost or in your garden.
Don’t Use Chemical Drain Cleaners
If your drains have gotten dirtied or clogged, your first reaction might be to scour the internet for DIY unclogging methods. However, this isn’t the same as drain cleaning. Nothing will get your drains clean like the service from an expert.
In fact, one of the worst things you can put down your drains are the chemical drain cleaners you see advertised on TV and in stores. In reality, these chemical concoctions will eat away at your pipes, leading to corrosion and premature pipe replacement.
A professional will use tools like hydro-jets or drain snakes to clean out your drains. These tools are too expensive for the average homeowner, and they require extensive training to use properly.
Contact The Trusted Plumber today to schedule an appointment for drain services!