Food Scraps & Grease
One of the most common blockages is the kitchen sink, and this is usually due to food scraps and grease going down the drain. Scraping plates of leftover food and disposing of it in a disposal, compost, or trash bin is great practice. We recommend pouring oil from cooking into containers and keeping it out of your sink, because grease solidifies when it cools down. Using a basket strainer with holes that allows water but stops food particles is also an easy way to prevent clogs.
Keep Your Tub Clear of Hair
Use a screen or drain-grate to cover the drain’s opening and minimize problems with hair and soap scum. Preventing hair from going down the drain will prevent you from standing in water when a clog develops and save you money on service calls. We can help you find a screen that will work for you, or check your local plumbing supply store.
Flush Drains Yourself - No Trip to the Store Required!
Over time, dirt, debris, and who knows what else can attach itself to the insides of your drains. One way to keep up on this buildup is to use a baking soda and vinegar combination once a month. Start by pouring hot water (not too hot - less than 140F) down the drain, then pour half a cup of baking soda down and let it sit for a few minutes. Next, pour 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup very hot water, cover with a drain plug and let sit 5-10 minutes (or longer!) Then flush one more time with hot water. Remember, this is good practice for drain maintenance...if you already have a clog, further measures will most likely need to be taken.
Bio-Clean is an all natural enzyme/bacteria blend that starts working on cleaning your pipes within an hour of being put in. It eats its way through your pipes, feeding on the waste in there and actually gets stronger as it multiplies and works its way down, unlike most products that fizzle out. Bio-Clean is also great to maintain your septic tanks health. We always have it in stock, on our trucks & ready to drop by your place!
When you notice the water beginning to back up in your drains, you can try using a sink plunger. Plug the stopper over the drain and fill the sink or bathroom with 3-4 inches of water. Remove the stopper and replace with the plunger. A few vigorous plunges should help clear the drain of any blockage.
If you do develop a more serious clog, be sure to give us a call and our licensed, bonded technicians will be able to give you a hand! All of us at Springer Plumbing wish you a very happy and healthy new year!