The main causes of drain clogs are cooking grease, human hair and objects entering the drain system. The good news is our Azusa plumbing contractors know that there are a few things that can be done to help prevent them. Follow this list and your drains will stay clear for years at a time.
Never pour grease down the kitchen drain. Scrape off as much of it as possible into the trash can first. This is because the grease cools as it runs down the sink and sticks to the inside walls of your drain pipes to start building up a clog.
It will take much longer for a full sink to drain as these clogs build. There are commercial cleaners that can be poured directly into a slow drain to open them up, but they are a temporary fix and don't often clear the clog entirely. If you do accidentally pour grease down the drain, run cold water behind it. This will cause the grease to congeal and not stick to the side of the pipes.
Our Azusa plumbing contractors suggest placing catches or strainers over all the tub drains in the house. This will help prevent hair from going down the drain and tangling up around the plug. It will also prevent hair from catching on the interior piping. This build-up can cause slow running drains that are hard to clear. Once a clog gets bad enough to back up your tub during a shower, a professional Azusa plumber will have to be called to clear it.
Drains can also be clogged by items that shouldn't be placed down a drain. This usually happens when a toddler decides to take a toy for a ride in the toilet. The only good way to stop this from happening is to teach your children that the toilet is not a toy. Don't worry, you'll probably still have to call in a plumber to retrieve a toy at some time or another.
If you are seeing a rash of slow running drains throughout your home, the main line is probably clogged. Tree roots are usually a major culprit. They can be removed by an Azusa plumbing contractor with a power auger or hydro jet. There are commercially available chemical cleaners, but they are often hazardous to use and hard on the Azusa water treatment system. It is best to avoid them if possible.