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Keeping Your Drain Clog-Free (Part Two)

 

Let’s face it, no one likes to hear they have a clogged drain. But there’s good news. You can keep your drain clog free with just a little regular effort. Below are a few more ways to ensure you’re being smart when it comes to preventing drains from clogging and creating bigger plumbing issues down the road.

Remember that your toilet is not a trash can. Yes, today’s toilet’s do a great job of getting rid of whatever we put in them – at least temporarily. But if you’re putting your trash in them, it may come back to haunt you, literally. Things like wrappers, dental floss, paper towels, female hygiene items, etc. should not be flushed, ever. It’s that simple.

Collect your food waste. Whether you’re scraping your plates into the trash or a compost, your efforts will pay off – literally. If you can prevent food from even entering your sink, you are doing your drains and your bank account a huge favor. Keep up the good work.

Pour a little vinegar down the drain. Did you know that vinegar is a powerful cleaning agent? Further, it’s acetic acid makes it a great organic solvent, perfect for helping dissolve organic matter and build up in your drains. Just pour about a half a cup to a cup of vinegar down your drain, let it sit for 30 to 45 min and the run very hot water for a few minutes.

Pay attention if you have regular sewer backups. If you find that you are experiencing sewer backups every few years, you may need to have a professional take a closer look¾literally. Today’s plumbing professionals can send a camera down the line to see what the problem may be. Whether it’s tree roots or rotting pipes, this information is vital in making your entire plumbing system work more smoothly for years to come.

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Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is Your Shower Drain Clogged?

 

Have you noticed the water draining slowing in your bathtub or shower? If the answer is yes, then you need to act immediately. A small problem in a drain can quickly worsen, so take steps to keep the problem under control. Otherwise, you may end up with a clogged shower, a foul odor and even mold.

First, how can you know there is a blockage? As mentioned above, your bathtub or shower is draining noticeably slower than normal. Or, the water in the shower is not draining at all, to the extent that the water rises above your feet. Finally, you smell an objectionable odor in the area close to the shower or bathtub. Once you’ve determined that you have a blockage, what next? Here are a few ideas:

Is there is an obvious reason? Has hair built up and clogged the drain? Or maybe their is a build up of shampoo, conditioner AND hair. If yes, remove the hair or obstructing object and see if water will now drain properly.

Use a Plunger. If you are comfortable giving the plunger a try, then by all means go for it. If you’re new to plunging, you’ll need to fill the shower or bathtub with a small amount of water. Once the water covers the bottom of the plunger, begin making up and down movements with the plunger. After no more than 6 plunges, stop and see if the water is draining away.

Try Baking Soda and Vinegar. Pour one cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by one cup of warmed vinegar. You will hear, and possible see the chemical reaction and this handy duo doing their job. Let the soda and vinegar sit in the drain for 5-10 minutes and then pour a half gallon of hot water down the drain. You can repeat this method several times if necessary.

Call a Professional Plumber. If neither of the above options works, you’ll need to call a professional to address the issue.

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Have more questions? Call us—we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!