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Preventing drain clogs, rather than dealing with them after the fact, can you save you time, money and a headache.

You walk into your kitchen, and the first thing you notice is a disgusting odor coming from your sink. Then, when you’re doing the dishes after dinner, you can’t even get the water in the sink to drain! If you can relate to this scenario, then you probably have a clog on your hands, and now, your only options are to attempt to deal with it yourself or to call in a professional. Wouldn’t you rather avoid the entire situation in the first place? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We are Culler Plumbing Services, and this is part two of our guide to drain clog prevention. Be sure to check out part one to learn what causes drain clogs to form in the first place.

Tips to help you avoid drain clogs.

#1. Use drain screens.

Drain screens are exactly what they sound like: screens that fit over your drains. Although there are other ways to prevent drain clogs from forming, using drain screens is probably the easiest and takes the least amount of effort on your part. You can buy drain screens for any drain in your home at your local hardware store.

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#2. Know what to avoid putting down your drain.

In part one of this series, we went over what causes clogged drain, and the vast majority of those causes were putting the wrong things down your drains. If you are unsure whether something is safe to be put down the drain, just throw it away instead!

dreamstime_xxl_15747077#3. Rinse with cold water when you use your garbage disposal.

When you do use your garbage disposal, do so while running the cold water instead of the hot water. When you use cold water, it keeps grease and oil in a solid state, which allows your garbage disposal to break it up. If you use hot water, the grease and oil will be liquid, and it will get washed deep into your plumbing, where it will reform into a solid once it gets cold enough.

#4. Get your drains professionally cleaned.

As we mentioned in our last blog, chemical drain cleaners can often cause more harm than good for your drains, and you’d be much better off if you call in a plumber for professional drain cleaning a couple of times per year. While hiring a professional plumber to clean your drains now might seem like a bigger investment than you want to make, it can save you from having to hire an emergency plumber in the future, which would end up being much more expensive than preventative maintenance.

Keep your drains clog-free with Culler Plumbing Services.

Drain clogs aren’t fun to deal with, but the good news is that they are very easy to prevent. Whether you are in need of emergency clog elimination, drain cleaning or you have questions or concerns about drain clog prevention, contact us.