Plumbing Technician examining sink drain and opening it upHaving a clogged drain is a frustrating part of being a homeowner. The good news is that you have several methods for tackling tough clogs and getting clean drains.

Use these prevention methods to avoid calling in a local plumber for clog remediation.

1. Don’t Pour Down Grease

The first way to prevent clogged kitchen sink drain is to avoid pouring grease down the drain. Grease clogs occur when you pour excess fat and cooking oils down the drain.

This build-up clogs the drain line which causes foul odors and may move deeper into your plumbing.

2. Try Baking Soda and Vinegar for Partially Clogged Drains

If your drain is only partially clogged with soap scum and all the gunk from showering, then a good natural fix is to try baking soda and vinegar with boiling water.

Simply scoop some baking soda near the drain. Then pour boiling water with vinegar into baking soda near the shower drain or double bowl sink drains. This hot water mixture is a great way to promote drain opening.

3. Choose an Appropriate Drain Cleaner

Using a drain cleaner is a good way to prevent stubborn clogs. Some chemical cleaners or aerosol drain cleaners need specific products, depending on the location of the sink.

A more natural route is an enzyme drain cleaner. Enzymatic drain cleaners eliminate odors without harsh chemicals.

4. Always Get Installs from Pros

Roto-Rooter Plumber replacing water heaterEven though it’s tempting to tackle home projects alone, some things are better left to experts. To promote well-functioning plumbing, let our Roto-Rooter experts complete your dishwasher installation, garbage disposal installation, water heaters, and washing machine installs too.

Relying on experts helps prevent leaks that cause unsightly water damage. However, if you do experience leaks, we can help. Whether you need leak repair services, pipe repairing, water restoration services, septic tank plumbing, or an emergency plumber, our team has every install and emergency drain cleaning service covered.

5. Try a Drain Hair Catcher

A simple intervention to prevent needing a full pipe excavation is to use a drain screen that catches hair. These drain screens come in multiple sizes and materials.

Whether it’s silicone or stainless steel, there’s a shower drain hair catcher out there for every tub. All you have to do is clean out this catcher when it fills up to avoid any hair going down the shower drains and causing a slow drain.

6. Utilize Your Disposal Properly

Having disposal doesn’t mean you should throw food scraps down the drain. Your disposal is not a trash bin.

More specifically, you should avoid putting coffee grounds, grease, bones, meat, and starches down the drain. Be sure to run hot water to help any food remnants seamlessly go down the drain without wreaking havoc on your septic system.

7. Call for Professional Help with Sewer Clogs and Drain Cleaning

The best way to prevent needing intense plumbing emergencies, like septic tank pumping, is to hire expert technicians for maintenance.

Don’t hesitate to schedule your appointment by calling today at (931) 330-2060 to speak with the Roto-Rooter team in Columbia, TN, for commercial plumbing and drain cleaning services!