How to prevent and fix clogged drains

Clogged drains are one of the most common issues you’ll ever have with your plumbing. Hair, dirt, food, cooking oils, soap and other gunk goes down the drain and can eventually clog passage for water. Even if you’re careful about what goes down the drain, clogged drains are almost a sure thing at one point or another.

Excel Plumbing & Heating Ltd. in Winnipeg shares some tips for preventing clogs, and what to do to fix them.

Get a drain strainer for the showers and kitchen sink.

You can pick up a little basket strainer that sits in your sink and tub drains. This will prevent little bits of food, soap, gunk and hair from getting into the drain. Preventing these items from going down the drain in the first place is the best way to help prevent a future clog. You can find these at most hardware stores or purchase them easily online.

Be careful with chemical drain cleaners. 

Store bought products could help if used properly, but using them is not recommended.  Plumbers use special chemicals that will be flushed safely and these products will not harm piping. Machine cleaning by a professional plumbing company is still the preferred way to deal with clogs.

Fix partially clogged drains as soon as possible.

Have you noticed the water is slow to drain from the bathroom sink? That means soap, hair and other gunk is partially blocking its path. Partial clogs are easier to fix than full-on clogs, so do that right away. You can use a plunger to try to break things up or try to free the clog with needle nose pliers. Be careful not to go overboard with the plunger with the toilet. Too much plunging can damage the seal. If it’s the sink, you can remove the drain pipe and clean it out. Learn how to remove a sink drain.

Have your drains cleaned by a professional plumber.

Regular pipe and drain cleaning can help extend the life of your plumbing and keep that water flowing! It can help improve water pressure and ensure your plumbing is doing it’s job moving water in and out of your home properly. Investing in plumbing maintenance can help prevent serious and expensive issues from popping up down the road. If you suspect you have an issue with your plumbing, call in Excel Plumbing before a little problem becomes a major repair or replacement.

Plumbers in Winnipeg

Excel Plumbing & Heating is a full-service plumbing and gas fitting company. They offer services for renovations, repairs, hot water tanks, in-floor heating, back flow prevention and more. If you have an issue with your plumbing or gas lines, contact Excel Plumbing and Heating!


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