Helpful Tips to Avoid Clogged Drains

San Diego Plumbing Service
At PIC Plumbing Services, we know how stubborn and dreadful a clogged drain can be in any household. This is especially true when such problems hit during unexpected hours, making the entire situation an emergency that requires immediate professional attention. However, many homeowners tend to ignore that most of these emergencies regarding clogged drains can be avoided through simple habits. While an experienced plumbing company can get your drain systems up and running again, there are a few tips you can follow to help avoid making such drain calls. The following are some of the common drain problems that we often get called in to handle and how they can be prevented.

Clogged Toilet

Did you know that modern toilets use less water because of proper drain systems installation? While this is a great milestone in drain development, it can also be a window for drain problems such as clogs. Whenever less water is used for flushing, the chances of draining the wastes effectively are reduced, making it easier for the drains to clog. However, this issue can be reduced or avoided by flushing the toilet several times while it’s in use. Doing so ensures that enough water goes down the drain and efficiently carries the waste away.

Clogged Sewer Line

Every house has multiple drains connected to the main drain, known as the sewer line. Sometimes these sewer lines might get clogged due to dense substances flushed or disposed of inappropriately, such as female products and diapers. Unlike toilet paper, these products are insoluble in water as they were created to be liquid absorbers. Since the water supply has been reduced, the materials tend to collect in the drain pipes, causing clogs.
Tree roots can also sometimes cause these clogs when they grow into the sewer line to access the moisture needed. We should ensure that products such as wet wipes and diapers are properly disposed of. As for incidences such as the tree root invasion, only a qualified and experienced plumber can help clear the issue through regular maintenance.

Clogged Kitchen Drain

Our garbage disposals are designed to be strong enough to grind some of the toughest materials around. However, that doesn’t mean that you can dump just about anything into it. Substances like eggshells and vegetable peelings from carrots or potatoes are known to stick to the drain pipe walls, and once they collect, a clog is caused. Grease is another substance known to cause clogs in drain pipes since it’s heavier than water. It is recommended to dispose of the littlest amount of waste such as table scraps into the drain while the rest can be thrown into the trash can.

Clogged Bathtub/ Shower

Hair is a notorious drain clog in bathtubs and showers. To help avoid such problems, you can use a strainer on the drain hole to collect any hair swept by the water as you’re taking a shower. Similarly, instead of dumping your hair that breaks off into the drain, you can place it somewhere for later disposal into the trash can.

Clogged Sink Drain

Hair and shaving cream are also well-recognized cloggers for sinks. Did you know that it is difficult to dissolve shaving cream in cold water compared to hot water? Whenever you’re through with shaving, it’s advisable to fill up the sink with hot water to help break down the shaving cream remains that stick to the walls of the drain pipe.
The above tips should help you avoid unnecessary clogs in your home. However, they aren’t fail proof habits because your drain can clog even if you’re on top of ot. Whenever this happens, you can visit our website at or give us a call for emergency cases.

PIC Plumbing Services
185 W F St #100c
San Diego CA 92101

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