During the summer months, we usually see a spike in calls about drain emergencies. When a disaster strikes, it’s going to mean foul smells, backed up drains, and a big damper on your day. Here are 3 tips for avoiding drain disasters.

Set up clearly marked trash cans

If you are having a party, picnic, feast, or anything else that involves food and drinks, then make sure to set up clearly-marked receptacles that remind guests to cleanly scrape everything off before putting them in the sink. If you are on cleanup duty alone, then just remember that the plate needs to be completely bare before putting it the sink and washing it. Leftovers are one of the main causes of drain disasters, and this issue can easily be avoided.

Run extra water

If you are lucky enough to have a garbage disposal built into your sink, then you should know that running extra water will do wonders. Think of all the material that gets down into the drain: sauce, small bits of food, maybe some grease or sugary liquid. If you run the water a bit before you begin washing the dishes, and then run it for an extra minute after, you’ll do your drain a big favour and help keep it functioning well.

Keep the area clear of silverware

It doesn’t matter how focused you are, when dealing with soap suds and slippery dishes there always the chance of slippage. Silverware is one of the biggest threats to drains–if they fall in there, the disposal will get damaged or the drain will get cut up- so by keeping the sink itself and the area around as clear of forks, knives, and spoons as possible, you’ll help yourself avoid a drain disaster.

If you’ve got a clogged drain, Priority Plumbing offers affordable, fast, and professional drain cleaning services. Follow these 3 tips for avoiding drain disasters, and remember – we’re just a phone call away if you need us.