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Tips for Avoiding Clogged Drains

pipe-flowIf there is a single plumbing problem that we can pretty much guarantee that every homeowner will encounter at some point,  then it is definitely the clogged drain. Just because clogged drains are inevitable doesn’t mean that you have to actively help them to form, though. If you think you’re not contributing to the drain clogs in your house, you’re probably being overly confident.

In today’s post, we are going to look at some of the basic precautions that you can take to avoid clogged drains in Plano, TX. We’ll also let you know why you should contact a professional plumber on our team if and when you do run into drain clogs. It is not a problem with as simple a solution as you may believe. Whatever it is that you need to get the most out of your plumbing system, you can count on our team to do it right. 

What Causes Clogged Drains?

A drain clog isn’t always as straightforward as you think. In many cases, a clogged drain doesn’t just happen. It’s not like something fell into the drain and clogged it up completely. Usually, it is a gradual buildup of materials that results in a clog. And usually, homeowners notice that drains are really slowing down. They just make the mistake of ignoring the problem because it’s not an emergency. While a slow-moving drain may not be an emergency, though, it is definitely a priority!

If you want to avoid drain clogs, you should know what causes them. That way, you can avoid the root of the problem. And that pun is intended, as you’ll see below!

  • Improper use of garbage disposal. Keep rice, beans, pasta, and other absorbent foods out of the disposal. Yes, the disposal can handle them. However, they can remain in the drain and swell up as they absorb water.
  • Hair not being cleaned out of drains. You need to have covers on your drains, and you need to clean those covers regularly. We cannot tell you how many clogs we’ve cleared that could have been avoided with that simple practice.
  • Flushing the wrong items down the toilet. Waste, wastewater and toilet paper. THAT’S IT. Don’t flush anything else, even if it’s a product that claims to be flushable.
  • Tree roots (that’s the pun). Believe it or not, tree roots can grow into sewer lines and up into drain systems, causing serious clogs.

Call for Professional Drain Cleaning

We know that you can go out to the hardware store, buy some chemical drain cleaner, and pour it down the drain. We know that you can buy a drain snake and snake the drain out on your own. We also know how ineffective such DIY solutions tend to be. Schedule professional drain cleaning and know that the job is done right the first time, every time. We even offer hydro jetting to blast stubborn clogs out of drains and sewer lines in and on your property.

Schedule your drain cleaning with Hutchins Plumbing & Air Conditioning. Get it done right… Right now!



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