Backed-up drains are a fact of life, but that doesn't mean you have to suffer from them. There are plenty of things that our Montebello plumbers suggest you do to keep your drain problems to a minimum. In a nutshell, it comes down to being cognoscente of what goes down them in the first place. Let's start with the kitchen. The main cause of clogs in the kitchen is grease, although long strands of fibrous vegetable can also be a problem.
If you are in the habit of just rinsing off your plates and sending the waste and scraps down the garbage disposal, you're probably going to build up enough grease to start clogging your drains. Instead of washing everything off in the sink, scrape off as much of your waste into the trashcan as possible. Then, instead of cleaning off the dish in hot water, use cold water. It will help the fats and grease congeal before it hits the pipes. The fats will not attach themselves to the inside the pipes and your drains will remain clog free.
In the bathroom, soap scum and hair are the major culprits. These things catch on imperfections in the drain pipe and start collecting everything that goes by. Placing a straining device over the drain will allow you to catch most of this stuff before it enters the system. If you do get a clog, in the bathtub especially, you'll need a professional o snake through the drain.
If you have kids, you're bound to get a toilet clog or two. You'd be shocked at the items that we've pulled from the depths – things like toys airplanes, full rolls of toilet paper, washcloths, shampoo bottles, Legos and more.
If all of your drains are running slow, you might have a clogged main drain line. This can be caused by a build-up of any of the previous items mentioned, or it could be caused by invasive tree roots. Tree roots can be removed by a Montebello plumbing contractor with a power auger or hydro jet. If the roots have caused extensive damage to your drain line, you might need a trenchless sewer replacement.
By properly monitoring what goes down your drains you can significantly increase the time between clearings. When you do finally need a professional drain clearing, call our Montebello CA plumbing contractors today!