How to Keep Your Drains Flowing

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Slow running drains are a common problem. But  some preventative actions,  are the way to keep the water flowing down the drain.

Whether you rent or own, you want to make sure all the drains (Kitchen and shower) have some sort of strainer in place, to catch debris and hair. One of the simplest ways you can prevent clogs and slow running water  is to use a sink strainer. These simple items prevent objects from going down the drain and clogging it.

For the kitchen, a larger-holed strainer will likely do the trick. Consider a combination strainer and plug to make doing the dishes even easier. In the bathroom, think about getting a finer mesh strainer to keep the drain hair and soap scum free. You can pick these up at Home Depot, your local hardware store and even Target.


If your kitchen sink does not have a garbage disposal, be careful what goes down the drain.

Some things should never go down the drain. Many, many kitchen sinks are clogged from common food items. Grease, coffee grounds and other food items are common culprits of clogged drains in the kitchen. Here are a few tips to help you dispose of these items properly:

  • If you’re cooking with grease, let it solidify in the pan after you’re done cooking. Scrape it into the garbage can afterwards. Try wiping out the pan with a paper towel post-scrape to ensure that you get all that grease. Don’t want to wait? Pour the liquid grease into an old can, then throw it away after the dishes are done.
  • Coffee grounds should always go into the garbage. If you’d rather make an eco-friendly choice, coffee grounds are an excellent addition to a mulch pile or compost area. Never put them down the drain.
  • Other bits of food that end up in the sink should get caught by a strainer or pulled out before they go down the drain. If you have a garbage disposal, this may not be such a big deal, but if the food is on the other side, catch it before it goes down. Small bits of food may stick to grease in your pipes and cause a clog. AND SMELL!

Take precaution with your TOILET also.  Flushable cat litter – SHOULD NOT BE FLUSHED. Whoever came up with this idea, should be shot! I tell all cat owners, do not flush it and risk it clogging the line.

Other things NOT TO FLUSH;  condoms, feminine hygiene products, dental floss and large amounts  of toilet tissue and kleenex. Keep a little waste can in the bathroom for excess paper products.

Preventing a clog doesn’t have to be a challenge. With a little prevention, you’ll be able to keep your pipes clear and free. Before you spend hours unclogging your drain and calling a plumbing professional, try stopping these issues in the first place with these tips.



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