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You don't really want to deal with the hassle of drain cleaning service in your home, right? Maybe that's why you've been putting it off and hoping that you just won't have any problems. The truth is, however, that only lasts for so long. Eventually you'll have a problem with your drains and it will need to be taken care of, and that will be a lot more extensive than drain cleaning service. But if you take care of some of the minor things yourself you might be able to cut down the problems in your Sugar Land, TX home.
- Keep Grease Out
Putting ‘just a little' grease down your drain may not seem like a big deal, but it's actually a really big problem. That's because even a small amount of grease could cause a clog. When you put that little bit down there it's generally in liquid form, but it doesn't stay that way. Grease turns into a thick mess in very little time and that thick mess will stick to the inside of your drains. Every little bit you pour down there causes that mess to get larger and larger until it turns into a clog that needs serious attention and could even cause a burst pipe.
- Keep Food Out
Food products are another thing you should keep out of your drains. Even though that thing in your kitchen is called a garbage disposal you really shouldn't be treating it like a garbage. Instead, you should be throwing those food scraps in a trash can or a compost bin. Putting them in the garbage disposal and through your drains means that they could end up clogged somewhere, making a big mess (and a bad smell).
- Don't Flush Anything
You should only be flushing human waste (not pet waste) and toilet paper in your toilets. Never flush anything else in the drains. The truth is that those products you might see advertised as ‘flushable' are really not good for your system. They could get clogged in the drain, they might not break down and they could be really bad for the environment. By preventing anything but the absolute necessities from being flushed you're going to improve your own septic system and make sure you improve the overall system too.
- Put in Drain Stoppers
Your bathroom shower or tub probably gets hair down in it quite a bit, right? And that hair can turn into a really big (and pretty gross) mess. If you put a drain stopper in you can make sure that the hair isn't actually getting into the drain. Instead, it's sitting on top of the drain. That means it's not going to cause a clog somewhere down the line and that's going to be a much bigger benefit for you. It also stops other debris or large pieces of anything that might get sucked down into the drain otherwise.
- Clean the Drain Stoppers
Okay, putting in those drain stoppers isn't going to do you any good if you're not also cleaning them. After all, those stoppers can only hold so much. After a while they're going to serve as a clog, keeping the water from being able to drain around all the material that's covering them. It might be a little gross to clean off that hair and other debris, but it's definitely an important part of the process and it's going to keep your drains in need of far less drain cleaning service. That's definitely a benefit overall.
- Monitor Everything
If you notice that a drain isn't clearing as fast as it used to then chances are you've got something else going on with the system that needs to be looked at. You want to watch for anything that doesn't seem to work the same way that it did before. That doesn't just mean drains clearing but your hot water not coming through the same way or different smells or sounds in your water lines. All of these things are a sign that something is going on and they're definitely a sign that you need to get your system looked at closely.
- Schedule Regular Drain Cleaning Service
Okay, this one isn't really stopping you from needing that drain cleaning service. Instead, it's going to stop you from needing more serious repairs and care for your plumbing system. If you call a professional to take care of the minor stuff, like that regular drain cleaning service, you're going to be setting yourself up for a whole lot more success. You'll be cutting down on your costs and you'll also be cutting down on just how much time and effort it takes to get your drains back in the right shape.
When it comes down to it you want to make sure that you're taking good care of your plumbing system. You want to be sure that you're looking at every aspect you can and reducing your need for drain cleaning service and more. You may be able to cut down how much serious plumbing work you actually need and that's going to save you time and money. No one wants to deal with expensive and more extensive drain cleaning services, so why not do what you can to make it easier on yourself?
If you do need drain cleaning service or you need anything else you can give our team at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Houston a call. We can take care of any plumbing problems that you might have and let you know what you need to do in order to protect your home and your drains. It doesn't have to be a complicated process, but it's definitely going to be one that you want to follow along with. If you could save yourself and your family time and money that's exactly what you would want to do, right? So why not give us a call and find out how to do just that in your Sugar Land, TX home.