We all deal with sink and drain clogs at some point, but many of us put the problem on the backburner until we’re taking a bath in the shower or the sink is so stopped up that washing your hands nearly floods the bathroom.
Tackling the problem early on can save you money in the long-run, but taking steps to prevent clogs in the first place will save you frustration. Here are four tips to help keep your drains clean and clog-free.
1. Avoid Pouring Grease Down the Drain
Grease is the enemy of your home’s pipes. Have you ever left bacon grease or coconut oil on the counter? What happens when the oil cools? It congeals, or becomes a solid. The same thing happens when the oil makes its way down your pipes.
You may pour hot bacon grease down the drain, but eventually, that grease will cool and solidify in your pipes. Before you know it, you have a build-up of grease and grime that creates a clog in your kitchen sink.
Instead of pouring oil and grease down the drain, toss it in the trash. Some people choose to save bacon grease in a coffee can or container for later use.