Say Goodbye to Clogged Drains!
When a sink, toilet, or drain clogs, a homeowner might think: "It's cool; it'll go away on its own." While that sometimes works, many times, these clogs can worsen over time, leading to long-term damage and unexpected repair bills. Yet, there are many things homeowners can do to prevent plumbing problems.
Scheduling an Annual Visit With a Drain Cleaning Service
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that homeowners should schedule maintenance visits at least once a year. This way, they can learn about certain problems before they become emergencies.
When a plumber inspects a system, they look for:
- Rusted or corroded pipes
- Puddles of water
- Drywall damage
- Mold, mildew, and mushroom growth
- Any components that need replacing, such as a water heating element
A plumber may also advise replacing certain appliances if they reach a certain age. For instance, per the U.S. Department of Energy, standard water heaters can last up to 15 years. A professional may consider replacement if one's water heater is reaching that market.
Getting a Mesh Drain Screen
Most drains can only handle one thing: water and soap. Food residue, cooking oil, and grease can cause serious problems––including clogs. One should get a mesh drain screen to prevent these items from getting into the sewer main. These devices allow water to pass through the drain and prevent residue from doing so.
Mesh drain screens:
- Generally cost less than ten dollars
- Are usually one-size-fits-all (although there are some variations)
- Can last several years
- Prevent clogs and other plumbing issues
Having a mesh drain screen could mean the difference between a healthy plumbing system and thousands of dollars in repair costs. A plumber can inspect one's system and share the benefits of having one of these devices.
Avoid Pouring These Items Down the Drain
Homeowners should only allow water, soap, and human waste to go down the drain. They should never under any circumstances pour these items down the sink (or flush them down the toilet):
- Menstruation products, such as tampons and pads
- Napkins, paper towels, and baby wipes (even if they claim to be "flushable")
- Food waste
- Plastic, paper, and foam
- Medications, over-the-counter or otherwise
- Fat, oil, and cooking grease
Homeowners don't have to keep these items sitting around their houses forever. They can take certain steps to dispose of them properly. For instance, if one needs to pour out a frying pan of oil, one should first pour the oil into a bag. Then, they should tie off the bag and toss it in the trash.
If a homeowner fails to dispose of certain items properly and instead pours them down the drain, they risk more than plumbing problems; they also risk violating the law. Many counties have laws that outline how homeowners must dispose of certain items. Failure to comply could result in fines and other penalties.
About Cajun Maintenance
Cajun Maintenance knows how to unclog a drain, install new appliances, and more. They offer upfront pricing, personalized attention, and a wealth of information about preventing clogged drains. A homeowner doesn't have to worry about unclogging a drain. Instead, they can call Cajun Maintenance for drain service.