Denver Plumbers Tips – Prevention Is the Best Policy When It Comes to Drain Clogs

Denver Plumbers Tips – Prevention Is the Best Policy When It Comes to Drain Clogs

While it may come to as a surprise to many, most common store-bought drain un-clogging products (like Draino or Liquid-Plumr) tend to be bad for your pipes and other plumbing.  In particular, they should never be used within a toilet boil, or with plastic/PVC piping.  Even a single use could potentially cause major damage, due to the heating and caustic elements in their mix.  

With metal pipes, they can be occasionally used without harm, but even then, they’re probably eating away at your pipes with every use.  And those that claim to be “pipe safe” are generally not very effective.  Most of the time, if you’ve got a clog, the best and safest option is to call in qualified Denver plumbers from Total Plumbing & Heating.

The best way to deal with clogs is to prevent them from happening in the first place!

Three Easy Ways to Prevent Drain Clogs

  1. Never put grease down a sink.

While it’s common knowledge that putting grease down your sink is not recommended, it’s often ignored – grease is terrible for pipes.  While a small amount, like residue on a plate, is unavoidable, that’s all that should ever be put down a sink.  For larger amounts of grease, let it harden on the pan, then scrape it out into a trashcan.

(And no, running hot water doesn’t help – it just spreads out the grease.)

  1. Don’t overuse the garbage disposal.

Garbage disposals aren’t miracle workers.  Every bit of minced food that goes into your pipes is another bit that could get stuck, start rotting, and begin a clog.  They’re OK for small amounts of leftover food on plates, but should not be used as a replacement for trash cans.

  1. Flush nothing foreign besides toilet paper.

Nearly all toilet clogs are caused by foreign items that shouldn’t have been flushed.  Don’t put facial tissues or paper towels down the toilet, and especially avoid flushing sanitary napkins and similarly absorbent products.  These products expand on contact with water, making them very likely to cause a clog.  Basically, aside from toilet paper (which is designed to disintegrate in water) nothing should be flushed down your toilet.

Total Plumbing and Heating is a highly-trusted Denver plumber with the tools and expertise necessary to quickly and safely clear out clogs, without harsh chemicals and without damaging your pipes in the process.

Just call or schedule a service call online and we’ll get it done.