Prevent Expensive Plumbing Repairs

Clogged drains are expensive if you aren’t able to fix the problem yourself and need to call a plumber. Most places charge a fee just to come to your house before any work is done. Some simple common sense steps will reduce your need for their services.

  • If your shower or tub doesn’t have a strainer, put one in. They are easy to find in hardware stores and easy to install. Then remember to clean it out every time you use the shower.
  • Toss your hair into a wastebasket, not the toilet or sink. Even toilets get clogged up from too much hair. If you comb your hair over the sink, make sure it doesn’t go down the drain.
  • Don’t pour cooking grease down your kitchen sink. Set aside a can or old butter tub and put the grease in there instead.
  • Pour a pot of boiling water down your drains every month to take care of any buildup.
  • Be careful what you put down your garbage disposal. Cut or break large items into smaller pieces. Things like celery or broccoli stems are quite fibrous and do better in the waste basket or compost pile. Potato skins, onion skins and banana peels are also tough for the disposal to handle.
  • If your laundry hose discharges water into a laundry tub, attach a lint filter to the end of the hose. These too, are easy to find and easy to use. You could also make your own with an old pair of hosiery and a rubber band.
  • If you hang things over your laundry tub to dry, remove them before doing a load of wash. Otherwise, they could slip into the tub, plug the drain, and cause the tub to overflow.
  • Try to reduce your dependence on toxic drain cleaners. Use the suggestion in number 4 above to keep drains moving. You can also pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain followed by a boiling mixture of 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water. Allow it to work for 15 or 20 minutes, and then flush with hot water.