Once the holiday cooking and festivities are over, it’s time to tackle the chores, including cleaning up – but have you thought about your drains? The fact is, the holidays generally produce a lot of food, and this means potential danger for your drains and pipes in the form of food debris and grease. If you’re facing a tough clog after the holidays and other methods have failed to clear it, then rely on your local Dallas TX drain clog experts at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing for help.
What many people don’t realize is that even small amounts of food debris, grease, oil and other substances can lead to clogs over time as they build up. Essentially, small amounts of debris and grease catch on one another as they flow through your pipes, and even though water is moving along with them, these debris can harden rather quickly. Additionally, bathroom drains often suffer from similar problems as hair, tissues and other debris enter drains.
If you’re experiencing a clogged drain, then your Dallas TX plumber, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, reminds you that there are some things you can do before calling us for help. First, remove any debris that you can see and reach, and then flush the drain with boiling water, taking care not to splash any.
You might also use a plunger to loosen a moderate clog. To do this, place the mouth of the plunger firmly against the drain opening to make a seal, then pump the plunger up and down. For tougher clogs, you might also consider using an auger. Keep in mind that improperly using any of these methods may actually make the problem worse, so always consult with a plumbing professional if you’re unsure of or uncomfortable with using these methods.
Here are a number of easy ways to keep your drains clog-free:
- Don’t pour things such as oil, grease or food scraps into your drains
- Utilize stoppers and strainers when debris is near your sink
- Always run water while using your garbage disposal
- Avoid flushing anything but toilet paper down your toilet
- Use hot water on a regular basis to keep pipes clear of clogs
For more information, contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Dallas, your trusted, local Dallas plumbing company, at (972) 895-7775, or visit our website to schedule service.