Table spoon of baking soda down the drain

Tips from Your Local Oshawa Plumber on How to Prevent Clogged Drains

If you are a new homeowner in Oshawa, you might not be familiar with how things like your drains work or what to do if they clog. Before calling the plumber, here is some advice on how to prevent clogging and also how to try fixing it yourself.


Top Things to Avoid Putting Down Your Drain

As a rule of thumb, anything that is not entirely liquid should not be going down your drain. But if you’re looking for the most harmful items to avoid at all costs, these are the ones:

  • Coffee grounds: Coffee grounds are a drain’s worst enemy. Even if only a small amount gets in, those grounds can build up over time and create a serious blockage in your drain.
  • Cooking grease: When cooking grease goes down the drain, it begins solidifying into a thicker substance as it cools. It then sticks to pipes and creates blockages. Instead of putting your grease down the drain, pour it into an empty can to let it cool and then compost it later.
  • Food scraps: Unless you have a garburator under your kitchen sink, food scraps should never be going down the drain. Super small pieces may seem harmless, but if enough goes down, you are setting yourself up for a nasty clog. It’s also important to regularly clean and empty your garburator to prevent growth of bacteria and mold which will give off a foul odour and are harmful to your indoor air.
  • Hair: If you have a small dog or cat you wash in the sink, be sure to use a hair catcher on the drain. Hairs get very easily caught in pipes and can form into a tangled mess that looks disgusting and can be very difficult to remove without disassembling the pipes.

Easy Ways to Unclog Your Drain

There are some easy ways of trying to unclog your drain which can be done with household products. Here are some of our best recommendations:

  • Run hot water: By running hot water after using your sink, you can ensure that any particulates going down the drain will continue to flow all the way through the system without getting stuck.
  • Baking soda: Baking soda is an amazingly powerful cleaning product, especially when dealing with unpleasant smells. Pouring a little of this into your drain, letting it sit a moment, and then washing it out with hot water can do a lot to help unclog a drain.
  • Vinegar: Used on its own or with baking soda, this is another effective way of dealing with clogs. It is also safe for the environment.
  • Cola: You wouldn’t think it, but a dark cola is surprisingly effective at unclogging drains.

24/7 Plumbing Services in Oshawa

If all else fails and that drain is still clogged, then it’s time to bring us in. Call The Plumbing Doctor Inc. is proud to service Oshawa, Whitby, Courtice, Bowmanville, Newcastle, Ajax, and Pickering. In case of plumbing emergencies, clogged drains, or other problems, we are here to help - 24/7.


Connect with us today at 905-432-1625 (Oshawa / Whitby / Courtice / Bowmanville / Newcastle), 905-427-7586 (Ajax / Pickering) or visit us online and book your appointment with the Plumbing Doctor.

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