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One of the most common plumbing calls we get is for clogged drains.  A clog is by definition when a large item or several smaller items get lodged into a pipe.  Of course, the best solution to this problem is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. 

Below are some suggestions to help you avoid future clogs.

  • In the tub or shower, invest in an inexpensive hair trap or screen to prevent the majority of hair and soap scum from going down the drain.
  • Do not put anything down the toilet, except normal waste and toilet paper.  Even the so-called “flushable wipes” can cause clogs.
  • In the kitchen, don’t pour cooking grease down your drain. It will harden and coat your pipes with a sticky scum that will catch other particles and eventually clog the pipe. Instead, keep it in a coffee can or milk container and dispose of it with your garbage once it’s cooled.
  • You should also avoid dumping coffee grounds down the drain. They’re notorious for causing clogs. 
  • Maintaining your drains on a regular basis is also a great way to keep your pipes clean and clear.  At Lindstrom Plumbing we recommend using a natural, non-toxic drain cleaner like Dura-Drain Pro (exclusively available through Lindstrom Plumbing).   Using a harsh, toxic, off-the-shelf product to clear a drain is not only harmful and damaging to your plumbing system, but can be dangerous to your family as well.  Dura-Drain Pro uses only natural microbes, which consume most everything that goes down the drain, digesting the build-up.  And when used on a monthly basis, Dura-Drain Pro helps keep drains clog free.

Need more help?  Contact us on our Ask An Expert webpage.

Sources:
www.lindstromair.com
www.ehow.com

September 23, 2011