Preventative maintenance can go a long way in avoiding a clogged drain. And it can pay huge dividends down the road. Fortunately, it’s not that hard. There are just a few key things to remember when it comes to keeping your drain running freely.
Use drain-cleaning bacteria on a regular basis. The most common clogs are caused by organic matter like hair, grease and food. To break down this organic matter, bacteria-based drain cleaning products are one of your best choices. You can find these types of drain cleaners at your local hardware store.
Dump the grease in the trash or a jar. If you are ever tempted to pour that dirty cooking grease down the sink drain, don’t do it! Pouring grease down your pipes is one of the worst things you can do for your drains. When the grease is warm, it will run through your pipes but eventually it will cool and congeal. And wherever there is congealed grease, you have a trap for every other thing that runs by, creating a serious drain clog.
Stop the hair and food before it hits the drain. To keep hair and food from creating a clog, mesh screens designed and suited for kitchen sinks and tub or shower drains are available in most home improvement stores. Another option to consider is a drain stopper that includes a screen. These are made to replace the screw-in drain stoppers. These too can be purchased at your local home improvement or hardware store.