Clogged drains and blocked pipes are often just minor problems, but sometimes they can potentially lead to major issues and costly repairs. You might be surprised at some of these simple tips to avoid clogged pipes and drains in your home.
- Clean up oil and grease with paper towels and discard them. Or pour off the grease into a container such as a coffee can, let it congeal, and discard the container in the trash when it is full.
- Use cold water with high pressure when using your disposal. Cold water will solidify any grease or oils that will be chopped up before and be less likely to clog your drain.
- Use dish soap. Dish soap can also help clear grease and oil. Put a small amount down your drain after each use and run the disposal with cold water for 15 seconds
- Run your disposal until it is finished grinding.
- Wait 10 minutes or so between showers so slow drains can clear. This is especially true if you have a large family or a lot of house guests.
- Put stringy or fibrous food down the garbage disposal such as celery stalks, potatoes, and onion skins. These types of foods will tangle like string around your disposal blades, stall the motor, and block drains.
- Put foods that expand in your disposal such as rice, pasta, or beans. They will turn into paste and clog your drain.
- Put eggshells in your disposal. Not many people are aware that this is a big no-no. Eggshells can wrap around the shredder ring, and damage your garbage disposal.
- Wait until the disposal is full to turn it on. Use plenty of water, and let it run for 20 or 30 seconds until it is clear.
- Put coffee grounds down the garbage disposal. Coffee grounds can accumulate in your pipes and drains which can potentially cause clogs.
- Flush baby wipes, tampons, cotton swabs, cosmetic towelettes or paper towels down the toilet. While this may seem obvious, many types of wipes are advertised as flushable even though it’s simply not true.
A good rule of thumb to follow is to not treat your toilet and garbage disposal as a trash can. Put large kitchen scraps in the trash can and the only thing you should flush is toilet paper.