What Are Actionable Steps to Take to Avoid Drain Clogs?

Are you a homeowner? If so, you have likely experienced a clog in your plumbing system at some point. Clogs are a nuisance, and they can also cause major safety issues such as organic waste spilling over out of a toilet. This scenario usually requires professional cleaning. This is why it is ideal to maintain your drains and watch what you allow to flow through or flush down them. The following points will help you understand how to protect your drains from clogs.

Hair and Lint

If you have a washing machine, it is ideal to install a lint trap. Clothes lose lint particles when they are washed and dried. These particles can get clogged in your drainage system. To ensure the proper performance of your lint trap, it needs routine cleaning to dislodge trapped particles. You would simply remove the mechanism to clean away the particles and replace it in the designated area. The placement location will depend on where the water drains from your washing machine. A plumber can help you locate it. Simply place over drains where you perform hair-related activities, such as shaving and washing your hair.

Tree Roots

Perhaps you have trees on your property that you consider beautiful. As beautiful as they are, trees can wreak havoc on a plumbing system. The roots can naturally grow towards your pipes and cause extensive clogs and damages. This is due to their attraction to the water in your plumbing system. Routine plumbing inspections can detect this issue if you are unwilling to cut the trees that are closest to your home. 


It may seem harmless to allow small amounts of grease to enter your drains. However, grease may clump within your drains and cause slow drainage of backflow to occur. Grease that has settled in drains is unsanitary. You can avoid this issue by wiping away remnant grease properly disposing of grease that has been used for a task such as frying.

Personal Care Products

Some individuals flush items that should go into a waste receptacle. These objects can get trapped in drain lines and cause issues. Some examples of personal hygiene objects are sanitary napkins, baby wipes, paper towels, cotton swabs, and cotton balls. 

A drain cleaning technician is a good resource to use to ensure that clogs are accurately located in your plumbing system. They have sophisticated equipment that allows them to peer deep within drains and pipes with minimal or no invasion to your lawn.