3 tips to avoid clogged drains from Los Angeles area plumbers
Calling in a professional to clear a clogged drain can cast a homeowner valuable time and money. Avoid such service calls by knowing how to properly take care of your pipes.
Raffi Bardakjian, owner of highly rated California Green Plumbing in Glendale, Calif., and Jennifer Campos, vice president of highly rated Rick Campos Plumbing and Heating in Los Angeles, give tips to help keep your drains flowing smoothly.
- Avoid clogs through regular maintenance. Harsh chemicals and special tools aren’t necessary to prevent clogged drains. Once a month, pour one to two gallons of hot water or an EPA-approved product like Bio-Clean down each drain.
- Don’t flush just anything down the toilet. Toilet paper is the only thing you should be flushing. Avoid flushing Q-tips, cotton balls, tissue paper and other products, even if they are labeled “flushable.” Newer, low-flush toilets can become clogged easily with items other than toilet paper.
- Use your garbage disposal carefully. While using your garbage disposal, make sure you run plenty of cold water to prevent clogs. For homeowners without a garbage disposal, it is important to avoid blockage by keeping food scraps and grease from getting into the drain. Drain grease from food and discard in the trashcan rather than putting it down the drain. Grease buildup is a common reason for clogged drains in the kitchen.