Most homeowners don’t consider drain cleaning until one or more drains
in their home begin to show signs of trouble. However, drain cleaning
is not only the solution for slow drains, but also the perfect way to
prevent them. Preventive drain cleaning clears away buildup before it
can fully form a clog and affect plumbing function in your home, helping
you to avoid slow or completely stopped-up drains and the associated trouble
they cause. Your Omaha plumber can help you develop the right preventive
drain cleaning plan for your home to lower your risk of ever dealing with
a slow drain again.
How Drain Clogs Form
Drain clogs have many different origins and form in several different ways.
The most common cause of drain clogs is organic debris, such as hair,
soap scum, skincare or hair products, other substances that are flushed
down your drains, particularly in bathroom sinks, tubs, and showers. Kitchen
sinks often experience clogs due to food scraps and
grease or fat that is flushed down the drain and becomes lodged in the pipes below the
sink. Drain clogs may also form more slowly over time, as dissolved minerals
in your water are deposited onto the interior surfaces of your pipes,
slowly building up and restricting the area through which water can flow.
Sewer drain clogs may even be caused by tree or plant roots that have
broken into the pipe and filled the available volume in search of water.
How Preventive Drain Cleaning Helps
Preventive drain cleaning is a regular practice that aims to eliminate
the buildup inside your pipes that eventually leads to clogs. There are
several techniques and products you can use to preventively clean your
drains; because this type of drain cleaning is meant to prevent clogs,
it should be performed even if your drains are acting normally. If you
have a drain that is beginning to show the first signs of a clog, preventive
cleaning may also be an effective way to prevent a larger clog from taking
hold. One of the simplest ways to preventively clean your drains is to
pour a pot of boiling water down each drain in your home once every one
to two months. The hot water will liquefy any products or greases and
dislodge buildup, flushing it through the drain system. Alternatively,
pouring a bit of enzymatic drain cleaner down each drain in your home
will also break up any organic debris to prevent clogs from forming. Only
enzymatic or other eco-friendly drain cleaners should be used for clog
prevention—you should never use a caustic drain-clearing chemical
as a preventive measure, as overuse of these products is associated with
plumbing damage that can lead to leaks and other issues. To preventively
clean your kitchen sink and disposal drain, plug the drain and fill your
sink with two to four inches of cold water. Remove the plug, run the water,
and turn on your disposal; the influx of water will help to clear out
the disposal and its drainpipe to flush away any debris that may be lodged inside.
Preventive drain cleaning is a great way to protect your Omaha plumbing
from stubborn and irritating clogs. If you do experience a drainage problem
or have questions about how to prevent clogs, contact your plumber via
our website for personalized advice and information. We also encourage you to scroll through
our blog for even more helpful home plumbing tips.