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How To Take Care Of Entry Points To Avoid Clogging Problems

Most plumbing or sewer drain problems occur, or at least originate, from entry points, such as toilet bowls and drain holes. This makes sense because anything that goes into the drain must pass through the entries. Therefore, preventing problems in these entry points would prevent most drain problems. Here are some of the entry points you need to take care of to prevent clogging problems:

The Toilet

Because the toilet seems to "swallow" everything that goes into it, you may be tempted to use it as a wastebasket. However, that would be unfortunate because the fact that something has passed through the bowl doesn't mean it will flow through the drains into the main lines or septic tank. Something can pass through the bowl, but get stuck in the trap below the bowl.

These measures will prevent such happenings:

  • Use the right amount of toilet paper – Too much paper may fail to disintegrate in time, combining with other debris, such as hair, to cause blockage.
  • Use the toilet for its intended purpose; discard other wastes (such as kitchen wastes) elsewhere.
  • Train your children not to flush toys down the toilet.

Floor Drains

Apart from toilets, floor drains are also common entry points of objects or debris that may cause drain problems. A common mistake is to hose down the floors before sweeping off the solid trash. This approach is easy and saves time, but it is costly in the long run because the solid debris shouldn't be allowed into the drains. Instead, you ought to sweep the solid trash first so that only the cleaning water (and of course tiny particles of trash that don't cause any problems) pass through the drains.

Bathtub Drain

When it comes to the bathroom, the bathtub drain is one of the entry points to worry about. Plumbing problems in this part of the house tend to be gradual, especially because bathroom debris tends to be small thing like hair. However, they can still add up to serious issues too if left to go on for a long time. Luckily, you can prevent problems here by using drain covers so only the bathtub water goes down the drain.

Kitchen Sink

Most sinks rarely form entry points for things that may clog drain lines. However, the kitchen is a point of concern since this is one of the rooms that produce serious wastes in a typical house. You find people using the sink to discard wastes, such as ground coffee husks, which they should discard elsewhere. Have alternative means of waste removal, such as a garbage disposal, so you aren't tempted to force them through the sink. Use drain guards to prevent accidental drainage of difficult wastes through the sink drain.

To learn more, contact a plumber near you.