Have you ever experienced that dreaded feeling you get when you realize your drain is clogged? Suddenly, your world practically comes to a halt because you can’t use your kitchen or bathroom sink. Are you aware, however, that plumbing experts believe you can do something about your drains to prevent clogs? Here are some practical and easy steps you can take to keep your drains in good shape: Hair from the human body (or pets) is generally the primary culprit for clogs in the drainpipes Since people tend to do the majority of their hygienic care either in the shower or in front of the sink, hair easily finds its way into drains. You can avoid clogs by using an enzyme-based product designed for drain cleaning. Various types of food cling to pipes and, over time, create significant blockages. The major offender is grease. Any form of grease combined with some warm water creates a liquid form that gets carried down the drain. During the journey, once warm water turns into the cool water, the fat coagulates and attaches to the pipe’s surface. This problem is compounded by other food products like eggshells and grinds from coffee that can clog pipes. To avoid kitchen sink clogs, do not put grease down the drain. Instead, collect it in a tin can. Throw the fat into the garbage once it hardens. Additionally, when using the garbage disposal, let enough water run while it’s “on” to help take the food down the drain to the larger main water line. When you know you’ve done everything you can to keep drains clear but still have a problem, call a professional after you’ve tried plunging the drain. Pipe Works Services are professionals in the heating, cooling, and plumbing industry. They are happy to answer your plumbing and drain cleaning questions. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas. To get started, check out our website.

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