Easy Ways to Prevent a Clogged Up Drain

A clogged drain can lead to more than just a temporary inconvenience. It could also lead to costly call out charges and repairs for people who have developed a clogged drain. Here are some easy ways to prevent a clogged drain from developing in the first place.

1. Monitor Children

Small children who are still at home may inadvertently be the cause of a clogged drain if their parents do not keep a watchful eye on them. Parents should try to keep children away from the sink unless they are washing their hands and to supervise them when they are at the sink. Children who are allowed to play around the sink could place toys, pens, pencils and other items down the sink without their parents’ knowledge, which can lead to a clogged drain. Instead of letting children play by the kitchen sink, parents should encourage their children to play elsewhere and keep track of their toys. When it comes time to put the toys away, are there any dolls or action figures that are missing heads, arms or legs? Of course, missing toy parts does not automatically mean that children have stuffed these down the drain. But it is worth monitoring your children’s toys so that they go back into the toy box rather than down the drain.

2. Disposing of Fat

When collecting fat after cooking, some people are in the habit of pouring the grease straight down the drain. This practice can lead to serious problems and cause a clog to develop as the grease hardens in the pipes. Rather than disposing of grease by pouring it down the sink, it should be collected, allowed to cool down in a disposable container that contains a lid and then thrown away.

3. Boiling Water

Pipes can accumulate a build-up over time that can lead to a clog in the drain. But by pouring boiling water down the drain on a regular basis, a clogged drain can be prevented. Once a week, put the kettle on and allow it boil. Then pour the contents down the sink to help flush away any build-up that has already started to accumulate in the pipes.

These are just a few simple home remedies that can help to prevent a clog in the drain from developing. Taking the time to implement these preventative measures can also help to save time and money as you call out a plumber to deal with a clogged drain that could so easily have been prevented.

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