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  • Jared Taylor

How to safely unclog a drain

It is very important that you take the appropriate measures to care for your drains, this way you do not have raw sewage pouring into your home. There are some things that you can do to prevent this from happing and in the event that you encounter a blockage there are products that can help you clear the clog.

Lets start with what you can do to prevent a clog. First and foremost do not pour any grease down a drain. This is because when you pour grease down a drain once it cools it turns into a solid and will coat the walls of the pipes. This limits the volume of water that can pass through the pipes and will most likely lead to a clog in the future. If you have long hair it is never a bad idea to purchase a drain "catch" which would collect any hair and debris that would normally go down the drain. If you believe your drain is dirty you can buy a small pipe cleaners and run the brushes down the sides of the pipe (not on a garbage disposal) to clean off any stuck on debris.

Other items you should not flush or put down your drains are hygienic wipes, tampons, pads or any other type of sanitary napkins. In most cases these were not designed to be flushed and cannot dissolve. Speaking of dissolving we know that many of the big box stores sell products designed to dissolves clogs. The problem with these products is that they can do serious damage to the finish of your fixtures which would require you to replace them.

Lastly, sometimes a clog can happen due to circumstances out of your control. Many times we have seen tree roots invade drains and the only remedy to this issue is for the affected lines to be replaced. When you find that a clogged drain cannot be cleared by traditional means it is always best to call a professional. We have the tools and equipment to accurately diagnose the cause of a clogged drain.


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