Drains are prone to have issues, so instead of finding yourself groveling over some issue you’re having like drain blockage, stoppage or odor, you should get informed on the ways to handle your drains properly. There are a myriad of solutions to the many common problems people face when their pipes run amok. The more you know about how to deal with these problems when they spring up, the easier time you’ll have handling them. In addition, when a problem comes up that you know is above your head, you’ll know if it’s time to call the professionals.
We’ll begin with the kitchen. Most of us today have what’s called a garbage disposer in our sinks. If you don’t know what a garbage disposer is, it’s the loud grinder under the main drain in your kitchen sink. The purpose of a garbage disposer (also often called an erator) is to chew up the immediate debris from dish washing before it gets into the piping. The erator is a powerful and handy tool to have in your sink because it can proactively solve a lot of kitchen drain issues. Some common mistakes people make with garbage disposers include accidental grinding of metal or hard materials and letting grime sit for too long. If you’re an avid dishwasher then you appreciate how much grime can be down in that drain because we’ve all had to dig down there for one reason or another. Drains come with a handy removable protective grate so that nothing large or precious gets in. The use of this little tool is highly recommended because sometimes you may not even notice small metal objects or other hard materials fall into this drain hole that the grate would have caught. When these materials are in the disposer and you begin erating, the blades will dull causing them to be ineffective and allowing larger particles and grime to get into your piping and cause problems. Another common mistake is simply not using the disposer. If you allow waste from your dishes to linger in your erating machine, you are exposing the machinery to decay and malfunction in addition to exposing your kitchen to lingering odors and exposing your piping to more blockages.
Moving to the bathroom, hair, body and face products are often the culprits of annoying bathroom pipe blockages. You may not know this but a lot of chemicals (i.e. the things you are constantly putting in, on and around your face, hair or body) change when they hit water. Soluble chemicals dissolve and don’t cause problems but some chemicals can turn pasty and oozy while in your pipes from being exposed to water. Understand that just because something flowed down the drain doesn’t mean it got far. Before you buy and use products in the shower or at the sink, you should search for reviews on how they affect your piping and drains. Another thing to look out for is particle waste in your shower or sink. Sometimes paper from soap packaging can slip into your drain and the water will cause it to break apart and you can expect blockages.