hand holding clean drain screen
hand holding clean drain screen

11 Ways You Can Prevent Clogged Drains

You take pride in keeping your home in good working order and the last thing you want to do is call a plumber if you have a clog to take care of. Just follow these 11 smart tips to prevent clogs and you’ll succeed at keeping your drains flowing freely, all on your own.

For sinks without disposals

  1. If you don’t have a garbage disposal, avoid letting food scraps go down the drain. Use a drain strainer in your kitchen sink to help keep the food out.

vegetables in strainer over sink drain
  1. Don’t pour grease or oil down your drain. Instead, pour grease into a sealable container and then throw the sealed container in the trash. Otherwise, grease can stick to the inside of your pipes and lead to a clogged sink.

  2. Pour a kettle of boiling water down your kitchen sink drain once a week to melt away any fat or grease that may have collected inside your pipes. Be sure to pour the water slowly to avoid any splashing.

For sinks with disposals

  1. Avoid putting certain types of food in your garbage disposal. The most common troublemakers include banana peels, coffee grounds, eggshells and potato skins. These types of food are thick and/or sticky, so they don’t grind well in disposals.

  2. Always run a steady stream of cold faucet water while you’re using your garbage disposal. The flow of water will carry waste material fully through the drainage system.

In the bathroom

  1. In your bathroom sink and tub, clean drain stoppers on a regular basis. Hair, soap scum and other gunk can collect on the stoppers in your sink and tub and slow drainage.

  2. Never flush heavy paper products down the toilet. Excess paper can clog the toilet and/or the whole sewer system.

General tips

  1. It’s a good idea to keep some Drano® Max Gel Clog Remover so if you do get a clog, you’re ready to tackle it. Also, use Drano® Max Build-Up Remover in each of your drains on a monthly basis. It uses natural enzymes and bacteria to remove gunk that can lead to a clog. Getting into the habit of preventing clogs is an effective way to stop them from occurring!

  2. Consider using drain screens on all your drains. These items fit over drain openings to help prevent food, hair, soap scum and other gunk from entering your drain in the first place. You can find drain screens at hardware or bath stores.

clean unclogged shower floor drain
  1. Never dump paint or paint thinner down your drains!

  2. If you have your own septic tank, have a professional inspect it every 2-3 years. Some regions require septic tank inspection on a regular basis. Check with your local health board about the rules in your community. Also, make sure you remember to have your tank pumped by professionals on a regular basis. To prevent backups, add Drano® Advanced Septic Treatment to your monthly routine. One flush once a month can help prevent septic backups!