Plumbing Tips

A Guide to Proper Drain Maintenance

October 19, 2015 at 7:39 pm | Category: Drain Cleaning, Plumbing

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When you consider all that goes down your drain on any given day, it’s impressive to know that your drain can handle it for the most part. But any drain over time will eventually succomb to dirty, grime, food, and other objects. But you can minimize how much damage or blockage happens to your drain with some simple common sense techniques that keeps things flowing through your plumbing. Whether it’s your sink, your garbage disposal, or even your shower or toilets, taking care of your drain is essential to it’s durability and longevity.

The Kitchen

The kitchen sink in your home is a catch all for every kind of item imaginable. Even items that are normally found in bathroom sinks can also be found in kitchen sinks. The absolute worst item to pour down your kitchen drain is grease. Even with all the hot water and grease-fighting dishwashing liquids on the market today, the fact is grease never entirely goes down the drain. Once the water stops pouring, then grease dries up and hardens and continues to build on itself every time new grease enters your drain. Other items of interest are soap scum, food, and various chemicals all which buildup over time and provide a solid wall of blockage.

Garbage Disposals

Most homeowners do not understand how garbage disposals work and so will stick just about anything down them for their own convenience. Remember, garbage disposals are not indestructible and will easily fail over repeated abuse. Some key items to avoid putting down the garbage disposal include grease or oil, vegetable peels, egg shells, coffee grounds, fruit pits or seeds, bones, any bones, no bones, garbage such as cigarette butts or paper of any kind.
Another rule of thumb is to slowly feed the garbage disposal with little bits of waste at a time. If you shove an entire bowl of wet noodles into the garbage disposal, all they will do is gather for a glue-like past and clog both your disposal and your drain.


There are 2 major areas in the bathroom that you need to watch out for: sinks, and tubs or showers. The biggest item of concern in sinks and tubs is, of course, hair. Although it’s nearly impossible to keep your hair from falling in the shower, it is very easy to avoid hair entering your sink drains by simply not brushing your hair over the sink. Keep all brushes and hair-related items like curling irons away from the sink and clean all hair out of the sink after each use. You can also go to your local hardware store and purchase drain catches and filters that will catch all items so that they never go down the drain. They’re wonderful at capturing hair. Simply clean them out from time to time.

Hire A Professional.

When you drains are clogged and you experience serious blockage, it is always better to call a professional plumbing company like Rapidan Plumbing than to do it yourself. There are two main reasons for this:
1) A professional will give your drainpipes a thorough cleaning without leaving any residue whatsoever. They have equipment to go all the way down your plumbing system to the very base.
2) Most professional companies use chemicals that are eco-friendly and safe for both the environment and won’t eat away at your pipes.

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