Be careful what you put in your drain – it’s the best way to prevent a clog. Cooking grease and fats are your drain’s worst enemy. Here are some other common cloggers:
Even if you run the garbage disposal, potato peels, coffee grounds, pasta noodles, stringy vegetables, and eggshells are common cloggers and should be thrown in the trash instead.
Paper towels, disposable diapers, hygienic wipes, and feminine products deteriorate slowly and can clog your line. Only flush toilet paper. Dispose of everything else properly in the trash.
Not only should you be careful what you drain or flush, but you should also be careful where you plant trees and shrubs. Roots grow toward breaks in lines. When roots get inside the pipe, they can clog it and cause slow drains.
Finally, illegal connections can be a problem. For example, don’t connect a french drain or sump pump to your sanitary sewer line. It’s illegal and can overload your line.
Many plumbing emergencies can be prevented with proactive maintenance and repair. Still, being cautious with what you flush or drain is the best prevention.