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Preventing Clogged Drains

Unclogged Drains isn’t Just a Pipe Dream

Preventing Clogged Drains - Wood's Rooter Service

Keeping your sewer and drain pipes clear is an important part of maintaining your home. Your toilet won't be able to flush properly, your bathtubs, showers, and sinks won't be able to drain properly, and if the sewer and drains are clogged, it can cause damage and can be expensive in the long run. That's where Wood's Rooter Service comes in.

We are experts when it comes to determining why your sewer or drain is clogged and does not function as intended. Regardless of whether the clog is inside your home or somewhere outside in a sewer line, we can get the water flowing and draining again in no time.
Before it gets to that point, here are a couple of tips when it comes to your drains.

Avoid chemical drain cleaners. It is better to remove clogs by plunging or snaking the drain. Chemical drain cleaners will more likely damage your pipes. Some drain cleaners can solidify inside the pipes and can’t be removed, or when mixed with other household cleaners, can cause the pipes to burst.
Preventing clogged bathroom sink and tub drains is as easy as running hot water after taking a shower or brushing your teeth. The warm water will dissolve the water-soluble materials in toothpaste and shampoo. If someone in your home has long hair, invest in a drain saver that catches longer hair and lets you throw it away rather than take it down the pipes.
Long hair and personal-cleaning products are the most common causes of bathroom clogs. If you notice after removing hair the drain is still clogged, flush the drain with boiling water. Be sure to pour the boiling water directly into the drain. If the drain is still clogged, call a professional. The clog could be further down in the drain or even tree roots!

Preventing toilet clogs; be sure to only flush things that go down a toilet, down the toilet. #1, #2, and toilet paper should be the only things. Anything else is either, too large, won’t biodegrade, or will get stuck in the pipes. If plunging doesn’t remove the clog,  call a professional.

Preventing clogged kitchen drains is done by avoiding pouring grease down the drain. Grease will go down the pipe hot as a liquid, but as it cools, it solidifies. It is better to put the grease in a jar that can be thrown away after it solidifies. Be sure to keep things like eggshells, stringy vegetables (celery), and food that expands with water, out of the pipes. These all can create clogs.
If a clog does occur, run extremely hot water down the drain to soften the clog, followed by grease-dissolving dish soap. If the clog still hasn't come loose, use a kitchen plunger and try putting hot water and dish soap down the pipes again. If it still persists,  call a professional.
The best way to clear clogged drains is by mechanical means, plunging and snaking, and some hot water. Stay away from chemical cleaners as they can damage your pipes and are hazardous to humans. In general, anything that you wouldn’t drink, don’t put down the drain. Eventually, it will end up in the water supply.
Wood’s Rooter Service provides professional service for sewer and drains cleaning to all of Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts. We are very reasonable and competitively priced. We have serviced businesses, homes, and municipalities for over 45 years - and we are here for you when you need us. Call us now at 401-432-6405.

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