Be Gentle with Your Drains

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Down the Drain with Care: Protecting the Pipes of Thomasville Homes

We often treat our drains as magical portals where unwanted things disappear with a swirl. However, mishandling or misuse can lead to blockages, costly repairs, and a disruption in our daily lives. Bohannon Plumbing is here to remind you of the importance of treating your drains gently and provide some tips on proper drain care.

Understanding Your Drains:

Drains are the gateway from our homes to the sewage system or septic tanks. They are designed primarily to handle water, and while they can manage some additional materials, they have their limits.

Why Gentle Care is Crucial:

  1. Preventing Clogs: Improper items down the drain can lead to stubborn blockages.
  2. Preserving Plumbing: Over time, mistreatment can wear out or damage your plumbing system.
  3. Environmental Impact: Many things improperly sent down the drain can end up polluting our water sources.

Tips for Gentle Drain Care:

  1. Watch What You Pour: Fats, oils, and grease solidify upon cooling and can create significant blockages. Instead of pouring them down the sink, collect them in a container and dispose of in the trash.
  2. Food Scraps Belong in the Trash: Even with a garbage disposal, many food items can be problematic for your drains. Coffee grounds, eggshells, and starchy foods should be thrown away or composted.
  3. Use Strainers: Installing strainers in your sinks can catch hair, soap scum, and other debris, preventing them from going down the drain.
  4. Limit Chemical Cleaners: While they promise to unclog drains, chemical drain cleaners can corrode pipes and are harmful to the environment. Opt for natural solutions, like baking soda and vinegar, or call a professional for persistent clogs.
  5. Flush Only the Essentials: Your toilet is not a trash can. Apart from human waste and toilet paper, most items don’t belong in the toilet. Avoid flushing wipes (even those labeled as “flushable”), cotton balls, feminine hygiene products, or any other foreign items.
  6. Educate the Young Ones: Children can be curious, often trying to flush toys or other objects down the toilet. Educate them on proper toilet usage.
  7. Regularly Clean Drain Stoppers: Bathroom sinks and tubs often have stoppers that can collect hair and debris. Clean them regularly to ensure smooth drainage.

Seeking Assistance for Drains:

  1. Natural Cleaning Routine: Every month, pour a cup of white vinegar down the drain, letting it sit for 30 minutes. Follow it up with boiling water to keep drains clean and clear.
  2. Know the Signs: Slow draining water, frequent clogs, or foul smells indicate drain issues that may require professional attention.
  3. Professional Cleaning: Consider having your drains professionally cleaned periodically to clear out any stubborn buildup or potential blockages.

In conclusion, your drains are an integral part of your home’s plumbing system and deserve respect and proper care. A little mindfulness goes a long way in maintaining smooth-running drains and avoiding unnecessary headaches. And remember, whenever you’re in doubt or face plumbing challenges, Bohannon Plumbing in Thomasville is just a call away. Our mission is to ensure every home in our community enjoys hassle-free plumbing!

Click here to learn about the Top 10 Plumbing Tips Every Thomasville Homeowner Should Know.

Our Plumbing Service Areas include:
Thomasville, NC – High Point, NC – Denton, NC – Asheboro, NC – Lexington, NC – Archdale, NC – Sophia, NC – Hillsville, NC

Call (336) 561-1261 or click here to schedule an appointment today

Owner of Bohannon Plumbing, Robert Bohannon

Author: Robert Bohannon
Robert is a licensed plumber with over 40+ years experience in both residential and commercial plumbing projects. Robert is a proud veteran and has enjoyed over 20 years of serving our communities of Thomasville and High Point, NC – all from the same location!

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