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Top Tips For Keeping Your Drains Clog-Free

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No one enjoys living in a home when sinks, tubs, and showers empty slowly (or not at all). You possess the power to help keep residential plumbing systems in a clog-free condition. Consider implementing these convenient tips:

Never Empty Fats or Grease into Garbage Disposal Units

Many people assume garbage disposal units accommodate all types of organic waste. While these handy kitchen appliances will take care of some food items, they cannot handle fatty byproducts without eventually clogging the home's plumbing system. Grease will cling to the pipes, creating a slimy film which traps other loose debris. Send fats and grease into the trash- not down the drain!

Use a Water Softener

So-called "hard water" contains dissolved minerals, particularly calcium. While safe to drink, this type of water leaves filmy residues on pots and pans. These deposits result when some of the minerals in the water precipitate out of solution. Unfortunately, hard water also causes increased mineral deposits along the interior of wastewater pipes. Over the course of time, these crusts will occlude the pipe and increase the likelihood of developing a clog. To reduce the chance of encountering problems from hard water, install a water softener

Dispose of Garbage Carefully

Have you ever felt tempted to flush a paper towel down the toilet instead of tossing it into the garbage? Resist this idea! Residential wastewater systems cannot handle thick paper, newspaper, or other items not intended for disposal through drains. By ensuring the members of your household never attempt to flush these types of products through your home's drainage system, you'll help prevent clogs from developing.

If your residential drains develop problems, contact Tri-City Heating and Cooling at 203.303.5700. We also provide water softening treatment!