When your drains aren’t working, living in your house can be such a pain! We don’t want you to stress, though. Here are some things you can do to help keep your drains running smoothly. As with any plumbing problem, we would be happy to come out and help you get it solved. Just give us a call and we’ll come fix your drains quickly and efficiently.
When it comes to your drains, it’s important to take good care of them. After all, good care and maintenance can prevent problems, keep problems from getting big and causing lots of damage, and catch things early.
Don’t ever, ever get hair down your drains. When you think about shaving or washing your hair in the shower, this can seem impossible. However, there are easy ways to keep hair out of your drains. Get a mesh screen to put over the drain. This allows water to pass through easily, but it traps the hair so that doesn’t go down, too. Sure, you won’t catch every single little piece of hair, but you will get enough that your drains will be much less likely to clog. You can also carefully brush and wash your sink out after shaving. A few tiny pieces of hair may not seem like much, but over time they can become a huge clog.
In fact, it’s a good idea to get mesh screens for all of your drains. This is important in your kitchen sink, because there are a lot of things that can get stuck in drains there. Think about food debris, small utensils, and more. All of these can cause major problems in your drains so it’s best to just not let them go down in the first place.
It’s also best to keep oils, grease, and fats out of your drains. Sure, these seem to go down easy when they’re liquids, but they will harden into solids after just a few seconds. Once they’ve cooled and hardened, they can bind to the sides of your drain. This makes a trap for other things that go down the drain, even things that would normally go down without a problem. Eventually, you can end up with a massive sticky clog that is hard to remove.
Remember, too, that your garbage disposal isn’t made to handle everything. It should not ever grind bones (even tiny cartilaginous ones) or be used with highly fibrous items, like husks. These can actually break a blade, or they can get stuck and jam the disposal. Finally, they can actually get through, or large chunks can, and these are much more likely to clog your drain as they try to get down it. Be smart with your disposal usage and your drains shouldn’t have a problem.
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But My Drain Smells Bad
There are a few things that can cause your drains to smell really, really bad. We’re always glad when people call us about these, because the bad smells can indicate that something unhealthy or unhygienic is going on in your drain. Since we don’t want anyone getting sick, it’s important to take care of these things right away.
Most often, a bad smell coming from the drain means that something has gotten stuck in there and is rotting inside your pipes. Eventually, you will smell this wonderful odor wafting up through your sink.
The stuck piece of rottenness can usually be found in your p-trap. This is the bent pipe under each and every sink, and it’s actually designed to catch items that make it down the drain but shouldn’t, so they don’t end up embedded deeper in your plumbing system. It’s much easier to get them out of the p-trap than it is to fish them out of the bowels of your plumbing.
Removing the p-trap is usually easy, though you’ll want to have a bucket handy because there is almost always water lodged inside. Remove the p-trap and check inside for anything stuck. You’ll know it’s there by the intense smell! Get rid of the stuck piece of food and replace the p-trap.
If the problem isn’t in the p-trap, you may have a poorly designed or broken drain vent system. This is the system that is supposed to keep sewer gases away from your home. When it’s not working, these foul-smelling gases can make their way into your home. If you are also noticing water flow or pressure issues, this is definitely something to look into, as the problems tend to go side by side.
Finally, bad odors emanating from your drains can be a sign that there are problems in your sewer itself. If you’ve tried everything and you just can’t get rid of the smell, it’s probably time to have your sewer looked at. You’ll want to call a professional for this, as they have the necessary technology to take a look without disrupting your life and the safety equipment to make sure they don’t inhale noxious fumes.
We are always happy to take a look at your drains for you. In fact, we are the plumbers that many people trust with all of their plumbing needs. Let us show you why so many of your neighbors always call Rosenthal. Schedule an appointment today.
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