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Follow These Steps to Keep a Drain from Clogging

There are few problems for homeowners that are as inconvenient (and yes, disgusting) as a clogged drain. When you are elbow deep in repairing a blockage in your sink or even toilet, it’s natural to think to yourself, “What could I have done differently? How can I avoid having to do this again?”

Take comfort—there are preventative steps that you can take to greatly reduce your chances of those troublesome clogged drains.

Here are some simple guidelines that you as a homeowner can follow that can keep any home drain from clogging.

Think About What you Dispose Of

If you asked us what are the two things that clog kitchen drains most often, the answer to us is obvious: Coffee grounds and cooking grease.

Luckily, this problem has a very simple solution. It’s best to put these items in the garbage can rather than disposing of them in the kitchen sink.

Is Your Drain Properly Covered?

Hair is one of the biggest things that gather in a bathroom drain, particularly your bath or shower drain. Prevent an excessive amount of hair from building up by ensuring that your shower drain is properly covered. We recommend using a drain-grate or a screen to cover the opening. This will greatly reduce hair and soap scum build up.

The best part? Installation is easy. Most drain-grates and screen covers are simply placed over the drain—a foolproof method to prevent clogs if you ask us!

A little Pour Goes a Long Way

Sometimes it’s about what you put into the drain that can make a huge difference in what comes out of it. After each use of your sink, run hot water through it. This will allow the oils naturally kept in common food products to go down the drain, rather than gather inside of it.

Want to step that guideline up a notch? You can also add a handful of baking soda or a cup of vinegar to the sink before pouring hot water down it. This will not only prevent clogs, but it will also greatly reduce nasty odors from forming.

Following these simple guidelines to prevent a clogged drain can save you an immeasurable amount of time and expense. But if the dreaded blockage happens and your home plumbing system isn’t functioning as it should, know that Temprite Air Conditioning, Heating, and Plumbing is here to save the day. There is no clog that we can’t handle—find out for yourself by calling (702) 323-5113 or by emailing us at