Clogged drains are the most common plumbing problem. It’s hard to imagine getting ready in the morning without a fully functioning drain system, or perhaps you already know. There’s nothing worse than needing to shower or use the commode but the darn thing is clogged. Well, a backup is actually worse. The last thing anyone needs is to have to clean up a stinky, contaminated mess first thing in the morning.
If you’d rather never have to deal with something like that, there are ways you can prevent clogs and backups from happening. Here are some great tips from our St. Augustine plumbers at Superior Service.
Replace Your Garbage Disposal
Hopefully, you have a garbage disposal installed on one side of your kitchen sink. If you do, how old is it? It may be time for you to replace the disposal. Over time, the blades get dull and the equipment becomes inefficient at breaking up the waste you put down the drain. There are some really great models available today that last longer and do a much better job than older disposals.
It’s worth replacing yours if it’s older than five years. You may also want to consider replacing your dishwasher with one which has a built-in garbage disposal because it automatically grinds up any waste from the dishes. Just put pots, pans, and dirty dishes right in and it’s all taken care of automatically.
Don’t Put Things In The Drain That Cause Clogs
Too much toilet paper, sanitary napkins, toys, or other such objects can easily clog a drain. Make sure you don’t flush or put things down the drain that don’t belong there. Keep an eye on what you put in the garbage disposal too as some things will cause frequent clogs. Potato peels, egg shells, coffee grounds, and any fats, oil, or grease should be thrown in the trash instead.
Get Drain Cleaning Service
Couple drain cleaning with a water softener and your plumbing system will be more reliable. Hard water sediments coat and build up on the inside of pipes and fixtures when the sediments are heated by the water heater. This turns into a sticky substance that moves down your commercial plumbing system. It narrows pipes and can form hard, rock-like clogs.
Getting rid of this coating, or scale, is important. The older the pipes are and the harder the water, the more of a problem. Drain cleaning is done through the use of high-pressure water jetting which blasts everything off the surfaces of the pipes and drains. With a water softener installation, you won’t see this problem again. However, drain cleaning must be done to remove the rock-hard buildup.