If your drains are clogged it’s a good idea to have them professionally cleaned to keep your drains flowing and catch any problems early on.
Sometimes it’s not about what you’re putting down your drains as much as it’s about what you’re not putting down them. Your kitchen sink is probably the receptacle for all sorts of things that shouldn’t go down the drain but do including grease and food particles and while you know you shouldn’t be putting these things down the sink you probably do it anyway and hope that it will flush through your pipes without causing any major clogs later on. But it’s what you’re not putting down the drain that is probably aiding the grease and food to create clogs in the first place and that is a chemical over the counter drain cleaner.
Most of the time chemical drain clearing products work because the chemicals in these products are an acid that eats away at the biodegradable clogs to break them down so they go down the drain. And if you refuse to stop pouring hot grease down the drain because your convinced you can wash anything down with enough hot water and soap you need to stockpile on this substance.
Of course it would be simpler and far easier to not put anything down your kitchen sink other than water and that is why the sink manufacturers create the drainage plug that doubles as a strainer to catch those small particle of food-but just because someone created a strainer that fits perfectly in your sink–this doesn’t mean you can keep cramming last night’s dinner down the sink and hope it doesn’t stick somewhere.
For the majority of people though the stuff that clogs the pipes and plumbing in your home is probably caused by the occasional slippage of food down the drain more than any deliberate act of sabotage aimed at your drainage system.
Still, whether you’re an accidental clog creator or a deliberate one it’s always a good idea to consider drain cleaning once a year for your whole home plumbing system. A pro can use an electric snake for your drain cleaning needs and keep the buildup of grease, hair and food from getting a chance to develop into the kind of clog that can create a blockage in your pluming system.
And as an added plus to annual drain cleaning as opposed to buying cases of chemicals to pour down through your pipes- this is also a good way to have your plumbing checked out for undetected damage such as cracks in your pipes or leaks that you haven’t become aware of and get them repaired before they become a bigger problem than they are now.
Most plumbers who do drain cleaning do so with the aid of a camera on their snake so they can navigate your pipes and ensure they are flushing out everything. The added benefit to this camera is it also tells your plumber if there is any damage that you’re not catching and chemicals can’t do that.