Drain Cleaning Services
Understanding Drain Clogs
Before you can prevent drain clogs, it is essential to understand how clogs form inside your home's drain pipes. As you might assume, drain lines handle nasty materials that contribute to the sticky residue that builds up inside all drains. The residue combines soap scum and oil that solidifies to create a tacky surface inside the pipes. As the residue increases, it begins to trap small particles of debris, dirt, and hair, forming a tough drain clog. The more debris that washes down the drain, the faster the clogs will form until there is a sizable or complete pipe blockage.
That is when you notice water that is slow to drain out of a sink, tub, or shower. And that is also when you need to address the issue with a professional drain cleaning from the pros at Paul Bunyan Plumbing & Drains. If the blockage is not removed quickly, the result will be a flood of dirty water in your home. Call 612-340-1444 for fast and drain-safe clog removal and drain cleaning solutions from the licensed plumbers at Paul Bunyan Plumbing & Drains.
How To Prevent Drain Clogs
Your home's various drains face many challenges that contribute to tough drain clogs. However, with a bit of added care and attention, you can significantly decrease the number of drain clogs that threaten to flood your home with dirty water.
Kitchen Drain Clog Prevention
Kitchen drains face the most oil and grease from washing cookware to improper grease and oil disposal. So it is essential to eliminate as much grease and oil as possible from these drains. Place used cooking oil and grease in a can or jar and put the container in a trashcan.
Any grease or oil washed down the kitchen sink drain is sure to increase the amount of sticky residue and the severity of drain clogs because kitchen drains also see a massive amount of food waste. Even when the food is run through a garbage disposal, the chunks are too large for most drains to handle successfully. So instead, the food waste is trapped in the residue to form clogs and a foul odor. Placing all food waste, grease, and cooking oil in a trashcan is the best way to eliminate tough kitchen drain clogs.
Bathroom Drain Clog Prevention
Showers, bathtubs, and bathroom sinks all face the same issues, soap scum, hair, and dirt particles. Of course, you do not want to eliminate the oil and moisturizers in bathing products. But you can significantly reduce the amount of debris entering the drain pipes using a cost-effective drain screen. The screen sits over the drain to trap loose hair and other particles that would typically create a clog. Just clean the screen as needed to greatly reduce your issues with drain clogs in your bathroom sink, tub, and shower drain pipes.
Reducing Drain Odor
Between annual professional drain cleanings from Paul Bunyan Plumbing & Drains, pour a cup of baking soda down each drain, followed by a cup of vinegar. Let the mixture bubble for a few minutes, then rinse with hot water to reduce the residue and foul odor from your home's drain lines.