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3 Tips to Keep Your Drain Unclogged

Let’s face it—drain clogs are the worst. They always happen at the most inopportune moments and we never have the right tools on hand to deal with them. From drain snakes to correctly sized plungers, it always necessitates a drive to the grocery store while you pour down an aisle you never usually go to.

While calling us for drain cleaning in Lloydminster is always a viable option which we recommend, sometimes it’s more important to homeowners that they stop clogs from happening in the first place. Drain clogs are natural to occur every now and then, but if you’re dealing with them on a constant basis that’s starting to borderline on obnoxious, perhaps you’re doing something wrong!

We’re going to talk a bit about our best practices for keeping a drain from clogging in the first place. If you follow this step by step guide, we promise you’ll see a demonstrable difference in the quality of your drains.

When In Doubt, Call it Out

Plumbing systems that don’t want to cooperate are our specialty. If you’re trying to follow our steps but you’re realizing that your drains are still clogging to an exorbitant degree, then give our team a call. We’ve got the tools and expertise necessary to unclog your drains and get to the root of your plumbing problems.

Step 1: Use a Mesh Screen

Mesh screens are the first line of defense against a sink or drain clog. Think about all the solid waste getting caught that would normally go all the way down your drain and get stuck, contributing to a clog. Mesh screens are cheap, effective, and they aren’t very hard to clean. Most of the time, when a homeowner gets a mesh screen for their drains, they honestly can’t fathom life without them!

Step 2: Avoid Flushing FOG

No, we’re not talking about a mist in your kitchen. FOG stands for fats, oils, and grease, which are materials that you never want going down your drain. While it’s true that we cook with these materials all the time, they’re not meant to be mixed with water and sent into the sewer.

You see, fats, oils, and grease are not water soluble, which means they won’t dissolve into your waste water. Instead, these FOG materials tend to solidify at room temperature, making them perfect for starting clogs in your drain. It’s important to throw fats, oils, and grease into the trash instead of flushing it down the toilet, so it doesn’t cause you any problems in the future.

Step 3: Throw Your Coffee Grounds Away!

It’s not just coffee grounds, its anything that seems like it will flush properly down your drain that wont. From flour, to sugar, to coffee grounds, these materials are meant for trash or compost. Trust us, when these materials mix with something like fats or oils, they create a drain clog that will be pretty robust.

Call Us

So, let’s say you follow these steps and you still find yourself with a drain clog. Don’t worry, it happens! Before you start using caustic or hazardous drain chemicals, make sure you call our team for quality plumbing today. We’ll clear your drains in no-time.

Call Guardian Plumbing & Heating Ltd. Lloydminster’s plumbing and heating authority!

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