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Bathroom Drains Vs. Kitchen Drains

In many ways, drains are practically identical. They function in the same way no matter what room they’re in, and they’re always responsible for bringing wastewater to the sewer system where it can be processed at a water treatment plant. If your drains don’t do those basic functions, then something is definitely wrong!

However, the way we use our drains differs depending on the room they’re in. Shower drains, for instance, work a lot differently than sink drains. And bathroom sink drains are treated much differently than kitchen sink drains. And let’s be honest, we all know the difference between a toilet and a sink, and a toilet still counts as a drain!

So, what can you do to be a more responsible drain owner in your home? You can invest in drain cleaning by a team of professionals, but you can also utilize the following tips to ensure your bathroom drains are treated just as well as your kitchen ones.

Keeping Your Bathroom Drains Clear

Let’s start with your bathroom drains. These are some of the most complex drains we have in our homes because they’re used daily and are essential for hygiene. They’re designed to deposit waste in different areas so it’s important to follow these best practices for each drain in your bathroom.

  1. Toilets. Make sure that only waste, water, and toilet paper are sent down this specific drain. It deposits into a septic tank or a sewer system depending on how your home is set up, so any other materials can be devastating for the pipes. Toilet paper is different from other solids like paper towels since it can dissolve over time and pass through a liquid system more easily.
  2. Shower drains. Showers can get clogged up with hair, soap scum, and other contaminants over time. Make sure you’re using a mesh screen or some kind of cover on your shower drain so you can remove the contaminants that get caught and keep them from entering the system.
  3. Sinks. Make sure you have a drain snake or a sink plunger on hand to help when contaminants start to form a clog.

Moving Onto Your Kitchen Drains

Kitchen drains are much different from bathroom drains in the sense that they’re used for different things. Sure, we might wash our hands in both sinks, but you don’t rinse produce or wash dishes in the bathroom! Here are a few tips to help keep your kitchen sink clear.

  1. Be careful of food waste. Make sure all solid food waste is sent into the trash, especially fats like oil and grease. These materials can be liquids when they enter the drain, but turn solid after they cool down in the pipes.
  2. Invest in a garbage disposal. Garbage disposals can help clear out solid food waste in the drain so that you don’t have to deal with so many clogs.

Invest in Drain Cleaning Soon

If you’ve tried all of these tips and there are still problems in your home, then invest in drain cleaning from our team. We’ll take care of it!

It’s time to contact Guardian Plumbing & Heating Ltd. Lloydminster’s Plumbing and Heating Authority.

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