Preventing Clogged Drains

Home maintenance, like anything, can be a little tricky. Some potential problems are more obvious than others. If you don’t see the problem, sometimes it can be difficult to diagnose. Waiting too long is risky, and could mean expensive repairs. That’s why routine maintenance is so important. One of the best examples is keeping an eye on the drains in your home. Not taking care of a clogged drain could be like watching money go down that same drain.


There are a variety of very routine maintenance tasks that you can perform on your own to keep your drains in good shape. For starters, make sure to keep these four no-nos out of any drain:

  • Hair
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Soap Scum
  • Cooking grease

Keep these out of your drain EVEN IF you have a garbage disposal.

Outside the kitchen, keep hair and soap scum out of your bathroom sinks and tubs. Great shower drain protectors can be found online for $10 or less. Doing your best to keep your drains clear will go a long way to help eliminate clogs.


The symptoms of a clogged drain are easily recognized. The most obvious is a slow drain. You can tell if the water is draining at a normal speed. If it looks like it’s draining slowly, there’s probably a clog. Another red flag is a bad smell coming from your kitchen or bathroom drain. If your drain is gurgling or your toilet is backing up instead of flushing, you know there’s a problem.


In our next post, we’ll give you some very practical tips on how you can keep your drains clean and clear, and eliminate the dangers of clogs.

If your drain performance is going down the tubes, give The Bosworth Company a call. We have the knowledge and experience to help you with all your plumbing needs. We’re Worth The Call. Always. Call us today at 432-570-5233 or schedule an appointment online.