Avoiding Clogged Pipes

Avoiding Clogged Pipes

May 14, 2015 Off By Jane

Avoiding clogged pipes is as simple as following a few simple tips regarding cleanliness, kitchen habits, and waste disposal. When you’re more aware of what to do, as well as what you shouldn’t, it’s easier to keep your pipes clog-free. Change your habits today to stay as free of pipe-clogging issues as possible in the future. This will be beneficial to you, as well as the environment as a whole.

Keep Your Drains Clean

According to Tiger Industrial (www.tigerindustrialrentals.com) clean drain is less likely to become clogged than a dirty one. Cleaning your drain is a snap with some household staples. Pour one half cup of baking soda down your drain. Follow up with one half cup of regular household white vinegar. Wait about fifteen minutes for the mixture to do its job, then run hot water for a few minutes. Afterward, you can then use your drain normally. This should be done regularly to each drain to keep them clean.

Avoid Pouring Certain Things Down the Drain

Vegetable and other cooking oils, grease from meats and other fatty foods, margarine or butter, and other greasy items should never be poured down the drain for disposal. These are commonly referred to as FOG (fatty, oily, greasy) items. The residue from these items can build up inside the pipes and cause them to become clogged. Therefore, they should be disposed of in a more appropriate manner that doesn’t involve any drainage systems.

Be Careful How You Trash Things

Proper disposal helps keep FOG out of public drainage systems as well. Do your part by sealing any FOG items before disposing of them. Try mixing the oily substance with cat litter or another absorbent material inside of a tightly sealed container. This helps keep the substance inside safely, so that it is more likely to stay out of the drainage system.

Take the Proper Steps to Clean Greasy Dishes and Other Items

As mentioned above, when FOG items get into the drain, it can cause blockage. Obviously, these items need to be cleaned. The safest way to clean them is to first wipe them with a paper towel, so that the grease can be disposed of. You can then proceed to wash them once the oily substance is wiped away.

Never Use Hot Water for Rinsing Grease Off Items

If you cannot wipe off all of the oily residue before cleaning the dishes, do not use hot water to rinse it off. Because the hot water melts the item, some mistakenly assume that it’s best for running grease down the drain. It’s actually the opposite. Because the greasy substance melts in the heat, it will be dispersed throughout the drainage system with hot water. Cold water will force it out, though it won’t catch it all. Try to get as little FOG in the drain as possible.

FOG buildup can cause flooding from burst pipes, environmental issues, sewer backups, and so much more. By helping avoid clogged pipes, you’re saving yourself, others, and the environment valuable time and money. Reduce waste and stress, starting today, by keeping all of your drains FOG-free and as clean as possible.

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