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Clogs 101 : How to Deal With Clogs
One of the most common plumbing problems that people face are clogs. We can get them in our sinks, showers, and toilets and sometimes often wonder if we need to call a plumber. The cost of a plumber can easily throw off a budget even if you have a contingency fund. The good news is that there is a way to deal with clogs before they become a problem so large that you need a plumber.
How to Deal with Clogs
- Use Drain Traps/Covers – By using drain traps, covers and filters you collect loose hair and debris that otherwise would end up in your drain. This is especially important on shower and tub drains as loose hair can wreck havoc on plumbing.
- Be Careful What Goes Down the Drain – Make sure you are not putting large pieces down kitchen drains,even if you have a garbage disposal. Other things to avoid putting down your kitchen drain are vegetable peels, coffee grounds, and grease. These will easily stick to the sides and build up over time to create clogs.
- Clean Stoppers – Many clogs are in the stopper of the drain. You can easily reach under the sink and unscrew the nut holds the pipes of the drainer together. The stopper is released when you pull the rod out. Remove it, clean it, and reassemble. Many times you can easily see the blockage at the top. Make sure you do this BEFORE using any clog treatments or plungers to avoid backlash.
- Clog Removers – These can quickly and effortlessly loosen up clogs and push up them out of your pipes. Our family has been using Roto Rooter clog removers for over 9 months and like how easy and effective they are. There are two formulas available so you want to make sure that you are using the write remover for your clog.
- Gel Clog Remover – Works 50% faster than other national brands due to more active ingredients. Works well on standing water, soap scum, and grease. It is safe to use in all pipes, septic systems and garbage disposals. **
- Hair Clog Remover – This professional formula is thick enough to break through hair clogs and clean drains. It is safe for all pipes and septic systems. **
- Plungers – There are different types of plungers so you will want to make sure that you are using the write one. A toilet plunger has an extension flange to provide a good seal in the opening of the toilet bowl and a sink or tub plunger is the flat standard plunger that most are familiar with. Make sure there is water around the plunger and gently push it down to force the air out. Once you have a seal, push it up and down to force the water to move around and loosen up the clog. The clog should clear in about 15-20 plunges.
- Build Up Remover– This remover is another preventative tool you can use to stop clogs before they form. It is designed to fight grease and the natural enzyme formula helps to coat pipe walls and eliminate the build up before it turns into a clog. It also removes unpleasant odors and has a fresh citrus scent. Use monthly to prevent clogs from forming. It is safe on all pipes and septic systems like the Gel and Hair Clog Removers.
With these simple tips, dealing with clogs does not have to break the bank or leave you searching for money. Remember that prevention can go along way in keeping clogs away but if they do occur, you can trust Roto-Rooter removers to get rid of clogs fast like my family does.
** Always make sure to use products according to the directions on the package for maximum results and safety.**
Now that you know how to tackle even the most stubborn of clogs, check out these DIY Plumbing Fixes that will help you save even more money.