Do’s and Don’t of Drain Cleaning in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City is like any other city in the country when it comes to common plumbing problems. Residents must deal with toilet overflows, clogged shower drains and backflow in the kitchen sink. All of these are signs that could point to the need for a professional drain cleaning service. All of these are also common problems that could be avoided. At the least, instituting a new policy of common sense can delay the need for drain repair by professionals. A policy of common sense such as following these do’s and don’ts of draining cleaning in Oklahoma City.

DO

dispose of used cooking oil in pots and pans in a responsible way. This does not include pouring it down the sink drain where it is only going to mix with the grease and grime that gets cleaned off dirty plates. Once those materials have disappeared out of sight down your drain, the process of mixing and thickening begins with the inevitable result being blockage that will require professional drain cleaning.

DON’T

assume that you using harsh commercial drain cleaners is a long-term solution to this problem. It is most definitely not.

DO

consider installing a cap or drain filter. The purpose of this addition is to trap the larger bits of waste material in order to stop it from being flushed down the drain. Disposal is as simple gathering the filter and tossing what has been caught into the trash before reapplication.

DON’T

try cleaning out drains with vinegar and baking soda. Repeated exposure of drain pipes to vinegar can cause metal pipes to rust.

DO

take the time to get down and dirty in the shower or tub. Grab a pair of wire cutters or a pair of pliers or even a wire coat hang to gently reach in and pull out the clumps of hair that are undoubtedly wrapped around the interior of the fixture. Hair that gets trapped in the shower and tub drain is eventually going to cause slow drainage and even clogged drains that can cause problems down the road.

DON’T

indiscriminately use your sink’s garbage disposal for food better placed into the trash. Bones from chickens, ribs and steaks can actually damage the pipes. While that may seem obvious, perhaps you are not aware that part like vegetables like corn husks and the skins of onions and celery threads can also become a problem by getting wrapped around motor and jamming the disposal beyond use.

DO

invest in a crank augur to help dislodge blockages in your drain. Professional drain cleaners use a power augur that can unblock particularly thick objects so that should be taken as a sign that when it comes to DIY drain cleaning the augur is king.

DON’T

keep putting your faith in plungers. Plungers are at very best a temporary solution to get your toilet flushing again, but don’t make the mistake of thinking it is actually breaking up any significant cause of blockage. Instead, junk the plunger and follow the advice above.

And finally:

 

DON’T

keep relying on caustic cleaning agent to solve the problem of a drain that continually keeps getting clogged. You are only damaging your pipes and putting off the inevitable.

DO

call for a professional drain cleaner who knows the tricks of the trade and can stop that drain from needing that caustic cleaner you keep using.

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