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Top 4 Non-Liquid Preventative Care Products For Drains

These suggestions may seem like common sense to some, but not others. The main reason you should have these cheap and effective products implemented in your home is to save you money from having to call your trusty plumber to handle the small drain issues you may be able to alleviate yourself. If you take pride in owning your own home you may want to make the small investment in a set of these easy maintenance tools. You can get all of them for less than 100.00! For renters and everyone else who rely on homeowners for maintenance, think of how connected plumbing really is. What you put down your toilet and garbage disposals not only affect your landlord but animals who share your ecosystem.

Plunger

Believe it or not, not everyone keeps a plunger or toilet brush in their bathrooms. Some plungers are of better quality than others as well. Buying yourself a quality plunger can be the difference between an embarrassing episode calling your landlord (who owns a plunger) or plumber. Higher quality plungers give more suction and force, allowing you to handle bigger clogs yourself. There are even plungers designed to not splash back toilet water! You can find a variety at your neighborhood hardware store between 3.00 and 30.00.

Snake/Auger

While at your neighborhood hardware store you can pick up a drain snake or more heavy duty auger. There will be an even wider range of products in this department for residential and commercial use, manual and electric. These products all have one thing in common; a long snake-like tail with ribs or “grabbies” you force down your plumbing to grab any hair or debris that has clogged your pipes. This less commonly owned tool can get the job done if you’re brave enough and for the small investment of 6.00 to 30.00 can save you a visit from your plumber or landlord.

Screens

Plastic or metal mesh screens can stop debris from going down your sinks, shower and bathtub drains, preventing clogs and providing you a more pleasant clean up than a snake would provide you after this stuff has made it down there. They are very inexpensive and come in all different kinds of materials, shapes, colors and even scents!

Compost Products

If you have a garbage disposal in your home or apartment, there are some routine maintenance techniques you can employ to keep it from clogging or smelling. It’s common to send ice or vinegar down the disposal to degrease and clean your disposal’s blades, but you can keep your garbage disposal like new by sending less down it and using a compost keeper. For 30.00 to 50.00, you can buy a nice ceramic compost bucket and lid for discarding your fruit and vegetable peels, egg shells, coffee grounds. There are many products to choose from that will meet your needs and address your concerns of the smell, some have built in odor-fighting filters. If taken out daily to your outside compost pile, you can use any bucket and lid you like whether for compost or not. Your plants and garbage disposal will thank you!

Reviewing items that are not to be flushed or put down the drain will also prevent potential clogs from happening. Do not flush items such as any paper product that is not toilet paper including things advertised as flushable or feminine hygiene products and don’t rinse down the drain the stickers off your produce, coffee grounds and grease. The saying goes “when in doubt, throw it out!” suggesting if you question disposing of anything down your pipes to throw it in your garbage instead.

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