As you go about your daily routine each day, you expect your plumbing to work without problems. You expect your toilet to flush and your bathtub and kitchen sink to drain. You don't think about these appliances-until they get clogged. Then, you wonder what went wrong.
You can't think of anything major you did to clog your drains. You didn't flush anything other than toilet paper and waste. You didn't dump large items in the bathtub or sink. You even stopped you child from flushing his toy down the toilet, didn't you?
However, you might not know about some simple daily actions that could harm your drains.
1. Washing Your Hair
You work through your hair with strong fingers so every part gets clean. As you shampoo and rinse, you don't think about the hairs that wash down the drain.
Once several hairs group together, they form a mass that clogs your pipes. They can even get tangled around the chain and block the drain stopper.
The best way to prevent hair clogs is to place a drain trap over your drain. The hair builds up on the drain trap instead of in the pipes. After you wash your hair, you can pick up the drain trap and dump the hair in a trash can.
2. Using Bath Salts
After a long day, you step into the bathtub for a warm bubble bath. To add some relaxing scents to the bathtub, you pick up some bath salts and place them in the water. And you expect them to dissolve and drain with the water.
However, bath salts don't always dissolve completely. Instead of flowing seamlessly down the drain, they may get caught in the drain and block water flow. Use a drain trap when you use bath salts, or scent your bath with liquid products instead.
3. Dumping Mop Water
After a long afternoon moping your kitchen and bathrooms, you pour the dirty mop water down the drain. After all, it's just water, right?
Actually, mop water might contain dust, hair, dirt and other substances that can clog drains. Instead, dump your mop water outside.
4. Washing Greasy Pans
After dinner, you wash all the pots and pans in the sink. This shouldn't present a problem-unless your pans are clogged with grease.
Unfortunately, grease clumps together and creates a large gooey mass. It sticks to pipe walls and blocks water's passageway.
Instead of dumping grease down the sink, pour it into a can and throw it away.
5. Straining Pasta
Normally, you avoid pouring food down your drain because you know it could clog. But you should make sure food doesn't accidentally fall down your drain, either.
When you strain pasta in the sink, make sure none of the noodles enter the drain. Wet pasta noodles expand and create clogs.
6. Cleaning Your Coffee Maker
When it comes to their morning coffee, some people forget the importance of keeping food out of the drain. They pour the coffee grounds into the sink, where they clump together.
Instead, mix your coffee grounds with your garden's compost; it will help your plants grow.
7. Using Thick Toilet Paper
Even if you're careful to flush nothing but toilet paper, pay attention to the type of toilet paper you use. Even toilet paper can clog the drain if it's multi-ply (meaning it has multiple paper layers).
Choose one-ply or two-ply toilet paper to avoid clogs. This thin toilet paper type should break up into shreds and dissolve quickly.
Follow these tips to help your drains flow smoothly. If your drain does get clogged, call an experienced plumber to resolve it.