One of the absolute best ways to prevent slow or clogged drains is to be careful about what you put into them. Clever, eh?
Cooking grease, coffee grounds, hair, and soap scum are four of a drain’s biggest enemies. Do whatever you can to avoid introducing any of these items into a drain. Here’s how:
Save cooking grease in an old coffee can or cardboard milk container. Then dispose of it in the trash.
Throw coffee grounds away in the garbage or add them to your mulch pile.
Use a screen or drain-grate to cover the drain’s opening and minimize problems with hair and soap scum. Stop by your local plumbing-supply store to study the choices appropriate for your particular fixture. Take along a picture of the drain system to better explain your needs. Most filters and screens can be simply laid in place.
Regular cleaning has its merits. To keep drains in your home running freely — and absent of odor — try these methods:
Run hot water through the sink after each use. Hot water keeps oils in food products running down the drain, rather than building up on the interior surface of pipes, which can make drains sluggish and lead to clogs.
Throw a handful of baking soda into the drain and follow it with hot water. Baking soda is a terrific cleaning agent, and it’s also great for absorbing foul odors and leaving your drain pipes smelling like a rose. Okay, maybe not like a rose, but a lot better than they otherwise would.
Pour 1 cup of vinegar down the drain and let it sit for 30 minutes; then chase it down with very hot water. Vinegar is a wonder cleaner. It contains acetic acid, which acts as an excellent organic solvent in removing organic buildup of crud in pipes.
NEVER use chemicals to clean a clogged drain.
Ask your landlord for help! We will send somebody to remove the clog and please follow these instructions to avoid repetition or worse case.
Clogged drains are the most common home plumbing problem, but you probably don’t think much about the network of pipes inside your home’s walls until a drain stops working. Clogged drains are a hassle, but easily cleared.
However, you can avoid the hassle by paying attention to what goes down your drain. A little care prolongs the life of plumbing pipes, prevents leaks, and avoids costly repairs.
Avoid chemical drain-clearing products
You can buy chemicals to clear clogged drains, but these products often do more harm than good. They can actually erode cast-iron drainpipes. And because they typically don’t remove the entire clog, the problem is likely to recur, causing you to use the chemicals repeatedly. The caustic action of chemicals may eventually wear away the insides of pipes, causing leaks.
Prevent clogged drains
Clogged drains aren’t just nuisances. Backed-up water puts added pressure on wastepipes, stressing them and shortening their lifespan. To avoid clogged drains:
- Keep food scraps out of kitchen drains. Scrape food into the trash before doing dishes—even if you have a disposal—and never put liquid grease down the drain; pour it into a sealable container to put in the garbage after it cools.
- Keep hair out of bathroom drains. Install screens over drains in showers and tubs, and pull out what hair you can every few weeks to prevent buildups.
- Keep anything but sewage and TP out of toilets.
Maintaining clog free drains is easy once you know how
Find a full list of tips and things to avoid here: https://www.plumbingsupply.com/how-to-prevent-clogged-drains.html
Source: Home Maintenance For Dummies, 2nd Edition – By James Carey, Morris Carey – http://www.dummies.com/home-garden/plumbing/clogs/how-to-prevent-clogs-in-your-drains/