kitchen sink

When the water level fills up in your sink, the last thing you want to do is stick your hand down the drain to fix the problem.

So what do you do when you have a clog in the sink?

Actually, the better question is:


What do you do to properly care for your drains? How do you avoid clogs in the first place?


We’ll tell you:


1. Control what goes down the drain.

The key to properly caring for drains is to control what goes down the drain.

Do you want to know the number one law of proper drain maintenance? Do not put grease down the drain.

Yes, it’s a simple as that.

Grease is liquid when it is hot, and it may be tempting to send it down the drain. As soon as grease cools, it becomes a solid and will clog your drains faster than it will clog your arteries. Steer clear of grease clogs by pouring grease into a disposable container and throwing it away instead of sending it down the drain.

Avoid drain clogs by watching out for food, hair, and other everyday items in your drain:

Scrape food into the trash before rinsing dishes in the sink. This will prevent clogs from forming in your kitchen sink or disposal system. Also, brush your hair thoroughly before getting in the bathtub or shower. This will keep your shower drains clear and will help you avoid unpleasant clogs in the bathroom. In both places, use perforated or mesh drain stoppers to catch debris before it travels down the drain.


2. Prevent pipes from freezing

Freezing pipes are a recipe for disaster during cold winter months. Exposed pipes and poorly insulated pipes are prone to freeze, causing damage and leaks. Keep pipes in working condition before winter weather hits. The American Red Cross suggests that homeowners survey the home for exposed and poorly insulated pipes. Then insulate these areas with traditional insulation or specific drain tape made to prevent pipes from freezing. These simple measures will prevent your pipes and drains from clogging with ice and from springing leaks.


3.  Try what you can at home, but call a professional to fix most drain issues

Some homeowners will try to fix drain problems themselves. If you have the expertise to use a snake in the drain, try to remove the clog yourself. If you don’t know what a plumbing snake is, give the plumbing experts at Bellows Plumbing, Heating and Air a call. We will send an experienced professional to evaluate the drains and fix the issue. Oftentimes, clogs require high powered tools and professional techniques, like hydrojetting, to fully remove. Getting professional help for major drain issues will keep your drain system working smoothly for years.