Major Drain Don’ts

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Taking care of your drain lines in your home is imperative so that you do not encounter raw sewage seeping into your home or water damage from cracked pipes beneath your home. There are many proactive measures that you can take to prevent your pipes from becoming clogged. If they do become clogged, you will need to ensure that you have them cleaned out professionally to ensure that your plumbing is intact!

Avoiding Clogging Your Drains

There are several items that should never make their way down your drains. These include:


Never pour or flush grease down your drain. When the grease cools, it creates a hardened barrier that will not allow the water to flow freely in your drain system. This becomes increasingly hard to clean over time as your clog progresses.

Tampons and Sanitary Napkins

You may think that it is okay to flush tampons down your toilet; however, this is not the case! These items can cause clogs in your piping, as they are not manufactured to breakdown like toilet paper within your plumbing.

“Flushable” Wipes

Although “flushable” is in its name, never flush flushable wipes down your toilet. They may be advertised as septic safe, but they can clog your toilet and your piping. It’s best to dispose of this product in your bathroom trash can.

Outdoor Elements That Can Cause Clogs

Tree Roots

Do not plant any new trees in your backyard where your septic tank or drain field is located. If you have existing trees, you may want to have them removed or monitored regularly. Over time, the roots of your tree can grow and puncture your plumbing lines. This can cause unrepairable damage.

Signs of a Clogged Drain

It is important always to pay attention to your drain line. If you have any of these symptoms, it is likely you have a clog on your hands:

Foul Smell

A foul smell may occur when there is a clog in your drain. This is from debris becoming trapped in the line, causing your disposed water to sit in your drains, creating an odor.

Gurgling Sound

This is due to the water trying to get around the clog. So, if you hear any gurgling coming from within your home, it’s best to schedule drain cleaning as soon as possible!

Sewage Backups

If you flush your toilet and it begins to rise, or you find that it is backing up into your bathtub, this is a strong indicator that there is a clog somewhere in your line. Make sure you shut your water off to avoid overflowing water and sewage in your home.

Slow Drainage

If you have standing water in your sinks or bathtubs, this is a clear sign that you have a clog in your drain. This can be easily restored by conducting drain cleaning.

How to Treat Clogged Drains

When you find out that you have a clogged drain, you will typically want to reach for the drain cleaner that you keep under your sink. But you should never do this! When chemical drain cleaners are used, they release toxins to heat up the clog and flush it down the system. When this is done, it can cause damage to your drainpipes. In some cases, it can even cause them to burst. When you have a clog, the best course of action is to call a professional plumber to treat your issue. A plumber will be able to take a look at your pipes through a camera to see exactly where your clog is. This allows for quick and clean repairs.

If you are dealing with a clogged drain, contact Pure Plumbing at (702) 710-7388! We will be able to address all of your plumbing needs and help to instruct you on the best way to keep your plumbing system well-maintained.

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