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How To keep Drains Clog-Free

There are plenty of simple things you can do every day to help reduce the amount of clog-inducing substances that go down your drains. Such as:

  • Placing mesh screens over all your drains – especially bathtub or shower drains – to catch hair, food particles, and other gunk. This is probably the simplest, yet most effective thing you can do to maintain clog-free drains.
  • Reduce your dependence on the garbage disposal and start a compost bin. Not only does this help save water and energy, but you’re putting fewer solid, sticky substances down the drain to potentially create a clog.
  • Teach children that toys should never be flushed, and any toy smaller than the drain shouldn’t be played with in the tub.
  • Get a quality plunger sometimes clogs will just happen, no matter how much we try to avoid them. We do not ever recommend using ANY chemical cleaners. However, if you absolutely MUST use chemical drain cleaners, do so sparingly, especially if you have metal pipes as these cleaners can cause corrosion.
  • Don’t treat your drains like a garbage can!

We recommend performing the following maintenance to clean your drains:

  • Lift pop-up stoppers in the bathroom sink, remove any debris and put it in the trash, then rinse the stopper off and put it back in the drain.
  • Remove the drain cover from your shower or bathtub drain and use a bent wire or a hair catching cleaning brush to clear out any debris that has accumulated there.
  • Clean your garbage disposal with a sturdy brush or grind up a few cups of ice and some table salt. This helps to cut the grease and slime off the sides of the disposer. Then flush it out with cold water followed by half of a lemon or lime to deodorize.

A list of items you shouldn’t put down your drains:

  • Grease, fats, or oils from cooking
  • Coffee grounds
  • Meat, poultry, and fish bones, as well as egg shells
  • Pasta, rice, and breads
  • Gum
  • Stickers
  • Hair
  • Baby wipes, napkins, paper towels, and other paper products
  • Tampons, maxi pads, other feminine hygiene products
  • Cotton balls, cotton swabs, cigarette butts, fabric softener/dryer sheets, or similar fibrous materials
  • Band-Aids and dental floss
  • Condoms, balloons, or rubber gloves
  • Glue
  • Toys
  • Paint, paint solvents, nail polish, or nail polish remover
  • Bleach and other anti-bacterial cleaners

Don’t panic—keep an eye on your plumbing and watch for signs of a blockage, such as slow drains, sluggish flushing, or gurgling pipes. If you notice these problems, it’s time to call a plumber.

Full Service Plumbing is the right plumbing company for the job. We clear drains, unclog toilets, repair septic systems, and much more. Give us a call today @ 954-327-8582

Plumbing Resolutions for the New Year

Are you ready to welcome the New Year? Now is the time most of us are reflecting on the past year and thinking of ways to improve our fitness, relationships, occupations and finances going into 2017. One thing that often gets neglected is the health of our home, and specifically our plumbing systems.

To ensure a better functioning of your plumbing next year, check out the list of some easy ways that would help you avoid a visit from the plumber. Here they are:

Treat Your Garbage Disposal Well

Don’t just throw everything from your plate in your garbage disposal. Avoid putting fibrous foods such as celery, cornhusk and onion peels as well as anything that is not biodegradable. Run water while you are using the disposal and remember, when in doubt throw it out!

Ditch the Drano

Most homeowners’ first reaction is to reach for a chemical product when they encounter a clog. Chemical cleaners tend to burn a small hole in the blockage, not clear it completely. They are also very harsh on your pipes as well as your plumbers’ skin and clothing when he has to get in there to fix the problem. We recommend using an all-natural enzyme product called Bio-Clean which we always have in stock.

Your Toilet is not a Trashcan

 Your toilet isn’t a dumpster. Do not flush things such as Q-Tips, hair, tampons, wet wipes, plastic medication containers down your toilet. The trash can is there for a reason!

Cut Down On Your Water Usage

Have you ever thought how much water you use on a daily basis? We might not notice it, but actually we waste a lot! If you make simple adjustments (such as turning the water off when brushing your teeth) to your water using habits, this will not just save you money but save as many as 3.000 gallons of water a year! All it takes is to be wise with running water in your home.

Give Your Bathroom A Different Look: It would be a great idea to slightly change your bathroom’s look. New decor can be refreshing to everyone in your family as well as guests that come over on a regular basis. A homeowner can easily handle simple upgrades such as replacing faucets or installing different cabinets, but this will produce a significant impact on your bathrooms style and value. However, larger plumbing jobs are better to leave to the pros.

However, if you ever find yourself experiencing any kind of a plumbing emergency that requires the help of a skillful plumber, contact Full Service Plumbing at 954-327-8582