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Clogged Pipe and Slow Drains
What is the easiest way to avoid clogging your
pipes? The answer is simple: prevent clogged pipes in the first place. You can
perform these simple actions for clogged pipe prevention:
Pour waste cooking grease into a used soup
can or pickle jar and scrape as much grease out of the pan as you can with a
piece of thin cardboard (such as from a cereal box) or a spatula. Wash the
pan with hot soapy water to make sure the grease dissolves and flushes out
of your drain. You can also pour a little ammonia down the drain to help
clean any remaining grease out of the pipe.
Use a basket strainer for your kitchen
sink if the drain does not go through the garbage disposal. Larger pieces of
food can be collected and discarded.
Periodically remove the plug in the
bathtub and remove any hair that has accumulated on the cross members of the
Pour an enzymatic cleaner in your drains
several times a year. Enzymatic cleaner is a solution of bacterial cultures
and enzymes that slowly deteriorates organic material inside pipes. Such
solutions should only be used as routine maintenance to help keep your
drains clean. These products are recommended because they are not corrosive
and are safe for pipes, plumbing equipment, and septic systems. Use
enzymatic cleaners for your garbage disposals, showers, bathtubs, toilets,
and other household drains.
Fully turn on the cold water and then the
garbage disposal before dumping coffee grounds or eggshells (or anything)
down the drain. If you do not have a garbage disposal, or if you have a
septic system, do not put coffee grounds or eggshells down the drain. These
materials will build up over time and cause drainage problems.
Once a month, fill each sink in your home
to the brim and then pull up the stopper. The volume and weight of the water
will fill the drain pipe completely with water. It will do a good job of
flushing the drain line.