The Do’s & Don’ts of Drain Cleaning

A drain line has only one purpose in life. To move water and waste material from point A to point B.

But when all that stuff returns to point A, or bursts through an underground pipe to points C, D, E and beyond, the result can be downright catastrophic!

Such a dire situation can only be caused by two things: a clogged drain or sewer. Here’s how to prevent them.

Drain Cleaning Don’ts

  • Don’t pour FOG (fat, oil, or grease) down your drain.
  • Don’t put stringy or fibrous foods in your garbage disposal. The list includes onion skins and most other veggies.
  • Don’t use your toilet bowl as a trash can…flush toilet paper and “you know what” only, for your own sake!
  • Don’t use hot water while running your garbage disposal. A cold water rinse does a better job of flushing oils or grease through your drain line.
  • Don’t put large amounts of food in your garbage disposal at any one time.

Drain Cleaning Do’s

  • Do keep your garbage disposal clean. A mixture of one cup baking soda followed by one cup of distilled white vinegar – with a tea kettle full of boiling hot water as a chaser – can work wonders.
  • Do run your garbage disposal frequently to help prevent rust and corrosion.
  • Do grind hard food scraps like small chicken and fish bones, egg shells, small fruit pits, etc. Each one creates a scouring action that cleans the disposal’s walls.
  • Do periodically use an organic drain cleaner to help keep your drains running smooth and clean.

Of course, even if you’re the best in Jefferson County at drain care and maintenance, sooner or later you’re bound to run into a clogged drain or sewer problem.

Is that time now? Then contact Connor Plumbing today for first-rate service and our 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.

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