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Three Tips to Prevent Clogged Pipes

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Plumber performing maintenance on a sink. Raymark Plumbing & Sewer in Seattle, Washington.Clogged pipes and drains is not exactly a glamorous topic. Believe us, we know – that’s why we always want to make homeowners aware of important information that will prevent large-scale plumbing issues down the line, such as a massive blockage in your plumbing system. Here are three helpful tips to help prevent clogged pipes in your home.

Use Drain Screens

In your shower, one of the best tips we can encourage you to follow is both painless and inexpensive – purchasing a drain screen. A sufficient drain screen should retail for no more than $5.00 and can be purchased at a department store, hardware store, or grocery store. You would be amazed to find out just how much hair, soap scum and other debris makes its way into our shower drains – all having the potential to create an inconvenient clog. A drain screen can catch these materials and trap them before they begin their steady buildup in your pipes.

Another suggestion we always share with our pet-owning clients is this: We advise bathing pets outside, at the groomer’s, or at a dog-wash station, instead of in your tub or shower. Dogs can shed significantly, so it’s always easier on your plumbing to bathe your pup elsewhere.

Non-Toilet Tissue Items

You have no doubt seen signs in restrooms warning “do not flush” any feminine hygiene products down the toilet. They are the worst enemy of pipes and septic systems, so to avoid an expensive plumbing issue, establishments or public buildings always remind people to avoid this. However, you may not realize that flushing other paper products is also a big deal. Paper is paper, right; what’s the harm? Well actually, flushing down anything besides toilet tissue itself is indeed a problem – don’t do it. You never want to flush paper towels, facial tissues, baby wipes, cleaning wipes, or even hair from your hair brush! All of these are major threats to a plumbing system.

Garbage Disposal Tips

It’s not a surprise that the kitchen sink is prone to the occasional clog because of the various food particles and other bits that make their way in there. When it comes to your garbage disposal and kitchen drain, there are two rules of thumb that you always want to remember:

  • Place large amounts of “throw away” food into the trash can, not down your sink. Your garbage disposal is meant to break down food, but it can only handle so much. Too much of this practice, and you may run into a substantial clog.
  • Never let large quantities of grease and oil get poured down your drain. These wreak absolute havoc on your garbage disposal. Always move grease to a different container and dispose of it another way. Grease can clog drains easily, and more often than not, when grease is involved you’ll need a professional to come take a look.

Call Raymark Plumbing & Sewer Today

Your team at Raymark Plumbing & Sewer wants the best for your home and your pipes! If any concerns arise, you can call us today at 206-440-9077 , or even request a service online. We are a trusted, family-owned company that always delivers high-quality service. We serve the Greater Seattle, Washington area, and we’re looking forward to hearing from you.



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