Clogged and slow drains are inevitable, but there are a few measures you can take to prevent the issue from periodically recurring quite as often. Preventive drain maintenance is imperative to keep your pipes flowing well and clog free. Cooking grease, food particles, soap scum, hair and sediment buildup are all likely reasons your drains are not flowing properly. Slowly draining kitchen sinks, lavatories, bathtubs, and showers are good indicators that there is an obstruction in the line. This little issue, if not handled in a timely manner, could result in a much bigger problem and the potential for costly repairs in the future, becomes a reality. Waiting for the drain to completely stop flowing before deciding to treat the issue will result in a much more complex and expensive solution than practicing a few, simple drain maintenance procedures.
1)Do not pour grease down any drain, always scrape plates and table scraps into a trashcan
2)When using a garbage disposal be sure to run plenty of cold water to flush any food particles down the drain
3)Never pour chemicals down any drain in the home. Whether it be paint thinners or drain cleaners, chemicals will damage the pipes and cause big problems down the line
4)Do not flush excessive amounts of toilet paper or other inappropriate items down the toilet
5)Use an enzyme drain cleaner once a month to prevent build up on the walls of your pipes, by doing so you will lengthen the life of the drain system and prevent future issues
6)Using a strainer in the tubs and showers to catch any hair will greatly reduce the risk of the drain clogging