Clogged drains seem to pop up when they are the least convenient. Guests are on their way over for dinner, and your kitchen sink won’t drain. Or the in-laws are coming to stay, and the toilet overflows. Then again, there is never a convenient time for a drain to clog in your home, office or commercial building. However, there are a few early warning signs and practical ways to prevent a clogged drain that will keep your water flowing.
What you can do to prevent a clogged drain
The phrase, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is never truer than in the world of plumbing. Many of us are still putting things down the drain that inevitably cause buildup and backup. The four biggest culprits of clogged drains? Grease, hair, coffee grounds and potato peels. Add coffee grounds and potato peels to a small compost pile outside to use in flower beds or vegetable gardens. Place a screen over open drains to minimize hair buildup, especially in showers or bathtubs. And keep an empty can handy for any leftover grease from cooking. Once the can is full, wrap it and dispose of it in the garbage rather than pouring it down the drain.
Early Warning Signs of a Clogged Drain
It is rare that a drain will go from emptying well to completely clogged, although it does happen. Usually, you’ll notice the drain start to slow down before it is clogged completely. When this happens, pour a handful of baking soda into the drain then chase it with very hot water. The baking soda will react with any soap scum, or grease build up while the hot water will loosen any clogs that may be forming.
If that doesn’t work, try pouring 1 cup of white vinegar down your drain and allow it to sit for 30 minutes before following it with very hot water. If your drain is beginning to clog, this combination should dissolve whatever is blocking the drain and help it move through your pipes without a foul smell or harmful chemicals.
When to Call a Professional
If none of the home remedies work, or if your drain goes from running fine to completely clogged, it is time to call a professional. You may be experiencing a problem in the main sewer line of your home that requires additional diagnostic equipment that only a professional can offer. You also may need to have your drain snaked to clear a clog that is further down into your plumbing system.
Fortunately, the certified plumbing specialists at Farnen and Dermer are available anytime, day or night. And without additional charges for emergency calls, you can have a clear sink, flushing toilet and free-flowing water in no time, without breaking the bank. Call Farnen and Dermer today and let us show you why we have been Baltimore’s preferred plumbing and HVAC specialist for more than 100 years.