If you’ve ever experienced a clogged drain, you know how painstakingly inconvenient it can be. Drains are often neglected due to their “behind-the-scenes” purpose. Although they are visually a tiny component, they are the cornerstone behind your entire plumbing system. So, as a homeowner, it’s essential to take care of your drains and show them a little love every now and then. This blog post from Middletown Plumbing & Drain makes it easy to maintain your drains by providing just a few practical plumbing tips to prevent clogs and prevent unwelcome odors.  


In the kitchen, being mindful of what goes down your sink is essential. You can’t exactly throw everything down your kitchen sink. While a lot of things can, in fact, go down your garbage disposal, you should always avoid pouring grease or oil down the drain as they can solidify and cause clogs. Instead, collect grease in a container and pour it into the trash. Additionally, run cold water whenever you use the garbage disposal to help break down food for smooth operation.  


Understanding your plumbing system is crucial to preventing potential issues. When it comes to preventing clogs, implementing a hair defense strategy is key. Have you ever heard of a drain screen? These simple gadgets are super simple but insanely helpful in reducing the amount of hair going straight into your drain. So, if you have not already set up a drain screen in all your showers and tubs, consider trying them out as soon as possible. They are an affordable option that can make all the difference! Just be sure to clean them out regularly so all collected debris is cleared, and things will continue flowing smoothly.  


Many believe that store-bought chemical drain cleaners are an easy solution for clogs. However, these products can actually do more harm than good. The corrosive nature of these chemicals can damage your pipes and lead to costly repairs. Extended use or use with older pipes can weaken them, making them brittle and even causing holes in the pipes. So, if you are dealing with a particularly stubborn clog that you can’t seem to be able to kick to the curb, call a professional. Resorting to store-bought drain cleaners can often add to the problem and form an even more giant clog – not something we recommend!  


What about a professional drain cleaning? Have you ever had one done? Regular professional drain cleanings are an essential proactive measure against clogs and backups. They can restore optimal drainage and water flow in your pipes, ensuring efficient water and waste removal from your home. This reduces the chances of slow drains and backups. Remember, your drains and pipes are used multiple times every single day. Scheduling a professional drain cleaning every year or so will help to address potential issues before they become major problems. By doing so and staying on top of this, you can avoid unexpected and expensive repairs and enable your plumbing system to run efficiently!  

By showing love and care for your drains, you contribute to your home’s overall maintenance. These simple practices can help maintain the health and efficiency of your plumbing system, creating a better living environment for you and your family. Remember, even small amounts of attention towards your drains can have significant benefits in preserving the harmony of your plumbing system.  

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