What you need to know about your home drain systems

If you have running water in your home, than there are a couple things that you need to know about drains.

First let’s start off with the kitchen sink.

You should always let plenty of water run down the drain by keeping the faucet open for up to a half a minute each day. The reason why sink lines commonly plug is because not enough water is flushed through them, especially after the garbage disposal is used. Run the facet for about five seconds after you turn off the disposal because this will help flush the line out. Never pour hot oil or grease down the sink, whether or not you have a disposal. This will also clog up your drain. About once a month fill the sink to the top with very hot water. Using a fork or other kitchen utensil so you don’t scald your hand, remove the sink’s plug. As the clean, hot water swirls down through the sink line, it takes much of the grease buildup with it.
Here are a few tips on how to keep your toilet from clogging:

Do not put anything down the toilet except toilet paper. Items such as dental floss, Q-Tips, baby wipes, or any other paper product cling to the roots in the sewer and cause an immediate blockage which can be a big hassle to cleanup.

It is never a good idea to rely solely on chemicals. Many people try to use chemicals before they call in a licensed plumber because they believe that it will save them money in the long run. As it turns out, most people end up calling a plumber anyway because the drain still isn’t cleared. Chemicals can solidify in a drain line and aggravate the blockage. If the chemical doesn’t eat through the blockage, therefore not flushing down the drain, the chemical sits in the pipelines of your sink. From there, it begins to crystallize, and there is no easy way to clean that out on your own.

When your sewer is clogged, or you need your septic tank pumped, this is what will begin to happen:
Water backs up out of your tub drain when you flush your toilet. When you empty your bathtub, the water will stop flowing and will bubble in the tub, or even back at you. When you empty your kitchen sink, the sink water backs up into the toilet. When you flush your toilet, sewer water backs up through an outside downspout, patio drain, driveway drain, or the lowest floor drain in your house. When you run a load of laundry, soapy water comes up into a toilet, shower, or floor drain.

These are just a few tips to help you master your plumbing system. If you need the help of a professional licensed plumber, give us a call at 586 501 8010!

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