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How to Prevent Pipe Clogs

How to Prevent Pipe Clogs

There are few things that can ruin your day (or gross you out) more than a nasty clog in your sink or tub. While it’s true that some clogs are relatively easy to get rid of, why would you want to bother dealing with them at all? If you want to prevent pipe clogs in your home, here are a few preventative steps you should take.

Invest in Hair Traps

One of the most common reasons clogs form in your shower (or tub pipes) is because hair flows down the drain, mixes with shampoo/soap scum, and solidifies. Rather than let your hair go down the drain, invest in plastic or rubber hair traps. These gadgets only cost a few dollars and can help prevent future clogs in your drains.

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Watch Where Your Toss Oil

Always remember this: oil or grease should never be poured down the drain — once it cools, oil will solidify and form a nasty blockage in your pipes. Instead, pour oil into a spare tin can, let it harden, and toss the can into the garbage.

Place a Lint Trap on Your Washing Machine Hose

When you wash your clothes, stray lint and particles can make their way into your washing machine hose, which will end up forming a clog. Instead, place a small lint net on the end of your washing machine hose to catch the lint before it makes its way into the drain; just remember to clean the trap every so often.

Flush Your Drains

No, not with chemical drain cleaner: use baking soda and white vinegar to flush your drains, once a month, and break down any gunk that could potentially cause a clog.

If you find yourself with a difficult pipe clog, call the experts at HARP Home Services for help. We can quickly and safely unclog your drain and return it to proper function. For serious clogs that require urgent attention, we even offer 24/7 emergency services with no extra charge.