Plumbing Tips For Avoiding Clogs

If you live in the Bergen County area and own a home, there are things you need to be careful of when disposing of your wastes down your plumbing drain lines. As local area plumbers that many homeowners in the Bergen County area count on, the professionals at J&C Plumbing and Sewer Service, Inc. have some advice to give you on how to avoid plumbing clog emergencies in your home.

There are times when family members or guests may put things down your Bergen County home’s drains. Many times the disposing of debris is unintentional and you wind up with a plumbing clog, and then there are times when the little ones or pets in the household may love to watch how things rotate down a toilet that’s flushed. These types of clogs can’t really be avoided, but many others can.

As a professional Paramus, NJ Plumber, we get to see what’s put in the drains of your homes when they become clogged. And in most cases it’s not something that was put there intentionally that causes the clog.

In fact, just taking a shower over time will mean your shower drain has accumulated enough debris to form a clog. How many times have you had to clear out the hair and soap goo from your shower or sink drains? In the bathtub, shower, and sink drains, the most common clogs we find involve hair and either sediment buildup in the drain or tiny bits of leftover bar soap. Hair has tiny barbs you can’t see on it, built much like the scales of a fish where when you rub it backwards it will catch and stick to things. And bar soap is so slippery that it often just slips and washes down into the drain when it becomes really small. You can’t avoid your hair falling out when you take a shower, but keep an eye on your bar soap and it will help the situation.

Here are a few other things that you should never allow down your drains:

  • Oil, Grease, or Butter
  • Cheese
  • Pie Dough
  • Potato Peels
  • Banana or Orange Peels
  • Egg Shells
  • Stringy Vegetables
  • Gravy
  • Meat
  • Cooking Drippings
  • Lard
  • Fat
  • Gravy
  • Any substance that congeals

One of the worst substances you can put down your drains is kitchen grease, oils, or any substance that congeals. Even if you’re sure your grease or lard, gravy or fat, pan drippings or butter has been dissolved with soap and hot water, it will cool as it travels down your pipes and winds up thick and gooey again.

Most substances should be thrown away or disposed of in any alternate way than putting them down your drain, even if you have a food disposer. Food disposers are great at chopping up your food debris, but they cannot handle grease or keep it from congealing again after it cools.

Stringy veggies will wind up wrapped around the disposer’s blades and cause mechanical failure. Potato peels often get caught in the traps of your pipes because the blades of the disposer have become too dull to chops them small enough.

Potato peels are heavy and sink, so it’s no wonder they are hard to get rid of down the drain. Fruit and vegetable peels, egg shells, and potato skins will do just fine if disposed of in your garden or landscaping soil.

All in all, if you treat your home’s drains right, they’ll stay freer of clogs. Keep the stuff out of your drains that cause problems and you’ll not have to worry about dealing with clogs in your Bergen County home!

For the best Bergen County, NJ plumber, call the professional plumbers at J&C Plumbing and Sewer Service, Inc. and you'll have affordable plumbers you can call upon any time you need help with your home's plumbing.