One of the most common problems most homeowners face with plumbing systems is clogged drains. Clogged drains can render your plumbing system inoperable but also pose health hazards, as the flow of waste and wastewater out of your home will be obstructed. If left unattended, the problem could extend to the sewer line and you may start to see sewage escaping from the drains. Here is a breakdown of some things that should be done to prevent drains from clogging and fix any clogs should they occur.
Prevention is always better than cure. But this is something most people do not usually take very seriously. Most homeowners are aware that it is wrong to dispose of some waste items in their toilets and kitchen sinks, but end up doing it anyway. Often, this does not do them any good; it only brews trouble within the plumbing system. Do not let any unacceptable things to go down your drains. Make sure to place a sanitary waste bin in your bathroom so as to ensure female hygiene products, such as tampons, sanitary pads and panty liners, do not end up in the toilet. Also, make sure to place a waste bin in the kitchen where food scrapings and peelings can be disposed.
Having a little basic knowledge of what to do when trouble seems to be brewing in your home's plumbing system can go a long way in preventing costly plumbing repairs down the road. If water rises before draining each time you flush the toilet or your kitchen sink starts to drain wastewater much slower than usual, it is likely that blockages are cropping up in your drains. Instead of waiting for the problem to exacerbate, you can use a plunger to free the clogs. There is good reason why a plunger is known as a plumber's best friend. If used properly, this simple plumbing tool can unclog most minor clogs. Therefore, it makes good sense including it in your plumbing tool kit.
Another simple yet effective thing you can do whenever you suspect that your kitchen or bathroom sinks may get blocked is to pour a little white vinegar or baking soda inside the drains. This home-based remedy will help keep your drains flowing without obstruction but also extend the life of your plumbing system, as they are not as harsh as chemical-based commercial drain cleaners.