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4 Surprising Ways to Avoid Clogged Drains

By September 21, 2016August 21st, 2020No Comments


Sometimes, there’s a problem with your drain that is completely unavoidable, like one that was incorrectly installed and will never work right. However, underlying structural problems are very rarely the culprit when plumbers receive calls about clogged drains. It’s usually something that started off small and grew into something unmanageable.

As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so here are four surprising ways that are inexpensive and easy to implement to avoid clogged drains in your Kelowna residence.


Flush Wisely

Feminine hygiene products, baby wipes and even dental floss are all made of fibrous materials that are not meant for indoor plumbing systems. Dispose of these items in the trash, not the toilet!


Take Care of Your Mane

Brushing your hair before a shower or bath helps to remove loose strands that would otherwise go down the drain. If you implement this step, and then add a mesh drain cover to catch whatever was left behind, you will dramatically cut down on the amount of hair going down the drain. If the hair doesn’t end up in the drain in the first place, it can’t cause a clog.


Oil and Drains Don’t Mix

We get it; it seems harmless to pour a little cooking oil or bacon grease down the drain, but it’s not a good idea. Tell us, have you ever left that grease sitting around for a while in the pan? Do you want to fish that gross, congealed mess out of the drain? Of course not! So save yourself some trouble and put used cooking oil in the appropriate garbage bin.


Practice Safe Dishwashing

After you finish hand-washing your dishes, leave the hot water on for a little while to give any food waste a chance to run right through the drain. Throwing some baking soda or white vinegar in the sink while the hot water is already running will help to break up any grease debris. While you could do this every day if you want to, it’s not necessary. About once a week should be enough to do the trick.

If you already have a clogged drain on your hands, and attempts to clear it yourself have been less than successful, we’re happy to help. Give us a call at (250) 681-0089 and we’ll have your drain flowing in no time!