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Plumbing Troubles? 4 Methods To Keep Your Drains Clear

If you're dealing with clogs, there could be an underlying issue that needs to be resolved. Plungers are great at clearing minor clogs, but they don't resolve the underlying issue. If you use the plunger at least once a week, it's time to make some changes. Here are four methods you can use to end the stubborn clogs you deal with.

Stop the Washing Machine Lint

You know that you need a lint filter on your clothes dryer. But, you might not know that your washing machine needs one too. The filter in your dryer helps prevent lint fires. The washing machine lint filter helps prevent drain clogs. Your clothes generate lint each time they're washed. That lint gets flushed through the drain hose with each load of laundry. Over time, the excess lint builds up in the drain, which increases the risk of clogs. Reduce the risk of drain clogs. Install a lint filter in your washing machine drain hose.

Increase the Bacteria Levels

Water isn't the only thing that flushes through your drain pipes. Everything from human waste to food particles flow through those pipes. In most cases, there's enough bacteria in the drains to decompose those substances. But, that's not always the case. If there isn't enough naturally-occurring bacteria in your drains, you'll notice more frequent clogs. You may also notice an increase in unpleasant drain odors. If you're noticing frequent clogs or odors, increase your bacteria levels. Sprinkle a package of yeast down your drains at least once a month.

Control the Hair Loss

Hair loss is a real problem. It can interfere with your self-esteem and self-confidence. It can also cause problems for your residential drains. Each time you shower, strands of your hair wash down the drain. Some of the hair gets stuck in the drain and attaches to the grime. Once enough hair collects, you start noticing more frequent clogs. Reduce the clogs associated with hair loss. Place a drain filter over your shower drain.

Clean Your Drains

Bacteria and filters work wonders to reduce the grime that causes minor clogs. If you're plagued by recurring stubborn clogs, you need to go one step further. Years of grease, hair, and human waste reduce the size of your drain openings. Smaller drain access, increases the likelihood of stubborn clogs. End the problems associated with frequent clogs. Have your sewer drains cleaned once a year by contacting an expert in drain cleaning.

Don't ignore the clogs. The methods described here will help you keep your drains clear.