It is a well known fact that plumbing systems everywhere develop clogs over time and there is no way to avoid it. With time, small deposits in the form of waste materials enter the main drain either through the kitchen sink, or the bathroom drains which causes clogging. These clogs can become a severe nuisance down the road and can result in expensive results if not taken care of in the earlier stages. By following a few maintenance checks regularly, this clogging of the main drain can be minimized and save you extensive plumbing costs.
Problems That Cause Clogging
Most of the clogging happens from the bathrooms and kitchens, since the waste material from these drains makes its way to the main drain directly. In most cases of the clogging of the main drain is due to improper disposal of non-degradable or complex waste products. Diposal of all these waste products over time forms an impenetrable layer of wastes, which causes the drain water to clog.
The Kitchen sink, full of plates and utensils covered in grease and oil, form the perfect environment for clogging. It slows the flow of fluids through the pipe and makes it sluggish. With the added leftover bits and pieces of leftover foods that go down the kitchen sink’s drain, the waste products slowly yet steadily clog the main drain.
Whether it is the shower sink or the toilet, both these inlets of the main drain also add to the clogging of the main drain. Your hair and other factors can largely support the clogging of the main drain but the main factor is disposing off non-flushable materials through the toilet. All the non-degradable tissues and feminine hygiene products that are disposed of through the toilet add immensely to the clogging of the main drain.
How To Keep The Main Drain Clean
- Make sure that you separate the leftovers from the plates and utensils and put in the waste disposal basket before washing them. This reduces the amount of organic waste that goes down the drain adding to the clogging process.
- Avoid pouring the oil and grease from your frying pans directly down the kitchen drain. Use an empty tin can or an absorbent material such as ground coffee beans from the machine to soak up the oil and dispose of it.
- Placing a wastebasket for all the non-degradable products such as q-tips, baby wipe tissues, feminine hygiene products etc. can ensure that the toilet drain does not contribute to the main drain’s clogging.
- Doing a regular drain cleaning cycle with the help of a brine solution (strong salt water), vinegar and baking soda, and keeping other drain cleaning solutions handy, is a good practice. If done regularly and in the right manner, you can avoid the damages and expensive repairs of a clogged main drain.
Even though clogs are bound to happen as some point, you can prolong that and save the cost of a plumber by doing some of this simple maintenance task through out the year before problems arise.