There's nothing worse than plumbing problems. Some of the most problematic plumbing issues involve your drains; specifically clogged drains. One of the problems with clogs is that they usually occur at the most inopportune time, like when you have guests over, or you're in a hurry. Unfortunately, some of the things you do around the house can actually either lead to clogs or make them worse. Here are three common actions that can cause you serious problems with your drains:
Pouring Grease Down the Drains
It's safe to say that there is never a good time to pour grease down your drains. You might have heard that small amounts won't hurt, or that flushing the drain with hot water afterward will prevent problems. You might have even heard that running your garbage disposal with a bit of grease-cutting dish detergent will prevent problems associated with grease. Unfortunately, none of that information is true. Any amount of grease poured down your drain will cause problems later on, including those stubborn stains you're trying to avoid. To prevent grease-related drain problems, pour your used cooking grease in an empty jar and toss it in the trash.
Using Chemical Drain Cleaners
When you do get a clog in your sink, it can be tempting to reach for the chemical drain cleaners. After all, most of them state that they're safe for drains. Most of them also state that they're effective at removing most clogs. Unfortunately, that's not necessarily true either. In fact, chemical drain cleaners can damage your pipes, upset your septic system, and make the clog worse. Not only that, but they can also lead to serious injuries, especially if you try to plunge the clog once drain cleaner has been poured down the drain. The cleaner can splash back up into your eyes. Protect yourself and your pipes by avoiding the chemical drain cleaner.
Ignoring a Rodent Problem
If you've got squirrels in your yard, you might not realize that they can pose a plumbing problem. This is particularly true if you don't have adequate covers on your rooftop plumbing vents. Squirrels can climb through the vents and down into your pipes. If they don't climb back out, they can get stuck, where they will eventually die. Sadly, you'll then have a deceased squirrel in your drain pipes, and a stubborn clog just waiting to happen. Protect the squirrels in your yard, and your pipes, by placing mesh covers over all your rooftop plumbing vents.
Contact a local plumber for more information and assistance.