Luck of the Drain: How to Prevent Clogs and Backups

Whether it’s the kitchen sink, bathroom shower, or toilet, dealing with clogs can be a frustrating and messy ordeal. But fear not!

With a bit of proactive maintenance and know-how, you can prevent these issues from occurring and keep your drains flowing smoothly. The experts at Bishop Plumbing are here to dive into some tips and tricks to maintain the luck of your drains.

Understanding the Culprits:

Before we delve into prevention strategies, it’s essential to understand what commonly causes drain clogs and backups. Hair, soap scum, food particles, grease, mineral build-up, fats and oils are often the culprits for drain blockages. Also, flushing items that are not waste or toilet paper can lead to some major plumbing problems.

Preventive Maintenance Tips:

  1. Proper Waste Disposal: One of the best things you can do for your plumbing system, is to be mindful of what goes down your disposal. Dispose of kitchen waste properly by scraping plates into the trash before rinsing. Also, make sure you never pour cooking oils and fats down the drain as they can solidify and cause blockages.
  2. Avoid Chemical Cleaners: Chemical drain cleaners are often advertised as being safe, but the opposite is true. Although they can provide a quick fix, they can wreak havoc on your pipes over time. Opt for natural alternatives like baking soda and vinegar to unclog drains safely.
  3. Regular Cleaning: When you are taking care of your household chores, add cleaning your drains to the list to prevent buildup. Additionally, you may need to invest in professional drain cleaning services.
  4. Mindful Toilet Use: Educate yourself and the people living in your home about what should and shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet. Items like wipes, cotton balls and sanitary products should always be disposed of in the trash.
  5. Regular Maintenance Checks: Consider scheduling a plumbing professional to inspect your plumbing regularly for any signs of leaks, corrosion, or blockages. Addressing issues early can prevent them from escalating into major and costly problems.

Maintaining the luck of your drains requires a combination of preventive measures and regular maintenance. A little care and attention go a long way in preserving the health of your plumbing system.

At Bishop Plumbing, we understand the importance of clean drains and we are there for you when you when a plumbing disaster strikes. Our team of experts are also there for you for general plumbing maintenance, repairs, replacements and so much more! Just give us a call at (847) 232-0560 or schedule your appointment online.

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