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Avoiding a Clog by Dodging these Items

If you’ve ever had a drain clog, you know that a drain clog seems to happen at the worst possible time. Having a clogged drain is the type of problem that makes you reminisce over the old (admittedly mundane) times when you had no plumbing problems. If you could avoid a drain clog in the future, wouldn’t you?

You can’t stop every single drain clog, but you can stop a majority of them. We don’t expect you to know how to use your plumbing system perfectly—that’s why we’re here. You can come to our team for a great plumber in Cranberry Township, PA and we’ll perfect your plumbing system.

Don’t Let These Things Go Down Your Drain

Make sure you avoid the following items:

FOG: FOG stands for “fats, oils, and grease.” All these items are absolutely terrible for your home’s drainage system. The problem with FOG isn’t typically the FOG itself, it’s the climate it creates. Fats, oils, and grease may go down your drain as liquids, but after they sit in your pipes for a while, they will congeal and catch any of the other items that pass down your drain. It’s the perfect storm for a bad clog in your home. Make sure any FOG in your home lands in your trashcan rather than down your drain.

Coffee Grounds: Coffee grounds are another FOG-like substance that can wreak havoc on your drainage system. If you’re a coffee-lover, just make sure that you toss the grounds in the garbage rather than down your drain. It will save you a headache in the future. If you’re someone who always needs their morning cup of joe and has a green thumb, then you can try adding your coffee grounds to your flower bed. Coffee grounds are rich in acidity so they’re great for acid-loving flowers like azaleas—they even help keep those pesky slugs and snails at bay.

Hair: We’re not just talking about your kitchens when we talk about your drains. We know that you probably scoop your hair up out of the drain after you give your scalp a good scrub, but adding a drain strainer will really help you avoid a major clog. The best way to deal with a hair blockage is to avoid the clog from happening at all in the first place. Adding a guard that only costs a few bucks to your drain will help your home immensely.

Soap: Now you might be thinking, “How is soap a detriment?” It’s not the soap itself, it’s the soap scum. Soap scum is the result of the fat or grease in your soap mixing with the minerals in your water and leaving a hard residue. The soap scum that produces as a result will stain your bath fixtures, fittings, and clog your pipes. Installing a water softener can help you stop this entire process from starting at the source.

Contact Kennihan Plumbing & Heating, Inc. today. We’ll help you keep your plumbing system in great shape. Schedule an appointment today.

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