Just like your home's roof gutters can collect small amounts of debris over time that ultimately create a gnarled mess of branches, tree nuts and things that birds and other of nature's creatures choose to deposit, your home's various drains can suffer the same issue. Of course, cleaning bathroom drain clogs and kitchen drain clogs varies fairly substantially, at least in terms of scale, from cleaning your home's external drainage system, but you will appreciate how much easier it is to take care of the indoors work yourself, particularly when you find septic safe drain cleaners you can trust.
When you live in a rural community or far out in the country where you have to install your own septic tank, and you are responsible for septic maintenance, your list of considerations grow since you need to focus on preventing septic back-up and keeping that drainage line fully open and free-flowing.
If you have some specific types of clogs you are currently staring down or if you simply always want to stay prepared for any clogging situation that arises, take a look at the following do's and don't's in the world of drains and septic tank treatments.
- Do Keep Your Garbage Disposal Clean. Sounds simple enough, but it is so easy to get swept up in daily life and let this quick and easy chore fall to the bottom of your very busy calendar. Make a cleaning date you intend to keep with your indispensable disposal. One evening after you finish washing dishes, pour some dish soap inside the drain and let cold water run, along with the garbage disposal, for one minute. It's as easy as that.
- Do Run Your Garbage Disposal Frequently. Even if you have started a composting project or you simply don't use your garbage disposal as much as you once did, keep the internal parts moving and happy by running it with cold water from time to time.
- Do Get a Head Start on Hair Clogs in the Shower. Once you see the water slow and you realize you have a hair build-up clog on your hands, take a pair of tweezers or scissors and start pulling some of the hair out. You will still need a good drain cleaning solvent, but you don't want to rely solely on that when a little elbow grease will give you a good head start.
- Do Use Less Water to Put Less Stress on Your Septic Tank and Septic System. Excessive water may cause solids to go through the system without separating, thus causing clogs in the drainfield. Give your system time to separate the sludge and the scum and properly distribute it, preventing clogs, by reducing your family's water flow.
- Don't Grind Hazardous Materials in Your Garbage Disposal. In the midst of a busy cleaning session, it is easy to zone out and forget that the cigarette butt lying on someone's plate should go to the garbage instead of the disposal, so stay vigilant for plastic, glass or even potentially combustible items when preparing to start the garbage disposal.
- Don't Flush Solid Waste Items Into the Septic Tank. Items that fall into this category include diapers, cigarette butts, grease, tampons and coffee grounds.