Amongst a list of the most annoying plumbing problems you will encounter is a clogged drain. Many times, some of you may think that it is a simple problem that basically needs simple solutions like de-clogging products you can buy in a grocery store. There are those of you who would result to using plungers to at least remove what is clogging it.
Well, sometimes, you can be fed up by any simple solution that comes to mind especially when you notice that nothing changes. Even when you have employed the basic techniques, there is still that big chance you will encounter the problem again in the future. Perhaps, you must be missing on something very vital to clogged drains. You may need to go back to preventing the drain from bothering you instead of focusing much on how to stop it. With prevention of clogged drains on top of your priorities at the moment, you can now perform any of the following recommendations.
Keep out the FOG
What is FOG? In layman’s term FOG is composed of the fat, oil and grease that are commonly poured down on kitchen sinks. FOG’s seem to be watery especially when they have been heated. This makes you assume then that it is safe to pour them down the drain. Remember though that the heat can stop and make these substances colder. Once fat, oil and grease are cooled then they would definitely become waxy in terms of texture. They are already solid once they reach the drain’s pipe. Meaning to say, their turning into solid will make them clog the drains. If you cannot avoid pouring down any excess liquid FOG, you may need another receptacle where these substances can be removed better later on.
Never throw garbage into the disposal
Oftentimes, you would think it is perfectly alright to throw garbage into your own disposal system. You have this thinking that inorganic waste can be safely handled by garbage disposal. Again, this is a wrong assumption in that these wastes do not literally break down into smaller substances. They do not just clog the drain. They can also be reason for damaging the pipes later on. The blockage from inorganic waste can be very terrible and will certainly produce a foul odour.
Drain covers will also ease the burden
Hair can be one of the sources for clogged drains. Simply brushing your hair inside the bathroom or shampooing it as usual will definitely make some pieces fall down the drain. The best solution to this problem is to invest in drain covers that you can easily place over bathroom drains and bathroom sinks.
Regular drain cleaning is the key
No matter how much you observe the previously mentioned solutions, it cannot be denied that some unwanted substances can go down the drain. This is why it is important to schedule regular cleaning of your drain. This is a preventive measure in that you will definitely prevent residues from going down and accumulating down the pipe. In the end, you will be able to prevent blockages on the drainpipe. Usually annual drain cleaning will do you a great favour.
Hydro-jetters are special tools to make use of
Regular drain cleaning can usually be done by professionals. These experts make use of special equipment called hydro-jetter. The hydro-jetter clears out the drain by simply blasting off water into the pipes. Once the process is done, you can expect the pipes to be back into its usual, functioning condition. Regular cleaning will definitely make your drainage system more effective.
Use of drain auger will help unclog the drain too
Apart from the hydro-jetter, there are yet other special tools that can be used in order to eliminate problems with clogged drains. One special tool is called the drain auger (often referred to as the drain snake). They are referred to as such because their flexible coils, although made out of metal, are like snakes that crawl down to the drain’s pipes. A motor helps operate the tool by rotating the metal until such time that the corkscrew gets in contact with the clog. The plumber will then drag all the materials that may have been interfering with the drain’s functioning.
Video inspection equipment can be used to assess the clog
Yes, experts have special video inspection equipment that will make them look better into the drain. Typically, this has a small camera that can go down to the drain to take pictures of the situation. Once the image has been captured, it will be sent to the equipment’s monitor. This tool will make it easier for plumbers to look into what is causing the problem and will definitely be of much help in applying the right solution to the concern.
Preventing drain clogs can be as easy as the ones we have mentioned above. Some of the tips above can be followed by homeowners like you but some also need the help of experts. When the situation seems unbearable, you can call us for plumbing assistance.