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Avoiding Drain Problems With A Drain Cleaning Service Provider | Florence, SC

No property owner looks forward to dealing with plumbing problems, so the key is to reduce the likelihood of their occurrence. You can reduce slow drains and clogs by using the following tips gathered by our drain cleaning service. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Florence features a full range of professional plumbing services. We can visit your home to clean its drains or resolve any plumbing issue you might be experiencing. However, there are some ways to ward off drain problems that you need to know.

Kitchen Drains

Since kitchen drains are notorious for developing food-related clogs, we’ll begin there. Your kitchen sink drain probably sees a lot of action if yours is like most households. If you have a dishwasher or garbage disposal, the risk for kitchen clogs only goes up. Here are some tips from our drain cleaning service to remember in order to maintain your kitchen’s plumbing system.

Use a Sink Screen

A sink screen is an inexpensive gadget that is made from metal or plastic mesh. The gadget sits right in the sink drain and catches food particles so they can’t flow down the drain. These particles might easily wash down the drain, but they can just as easily get caught somewhere in the drain system–such as in a p-trap or further in the drain line. If the line has grease or oil–as so many do–the food can easily get lodged in the muck. Over time, more grease and more particles will grow into a stubborn clog that you’ll definitely need our drain cleaning service to dislodge.

Maintain Your Garbage Disposal

Be sure that you follow the ‘rules’ when it comes to your garbage disposal. These devices are also notorious for developing clogs. Never put coffee grounds, bones, pasta, or fibrous vegetables into your garbage disposal. Also, never let grease, fat, or oils into them.

Dispose of Grease, Oil, and Fats Properly

Grease, oil, and fats are among the chief reasons people call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Florence to schedule our drain cleaning service. These substances are often the culprits behind clog formations. The materials will flow into the drain and can coat the sides of the pipe or get lodged in bends in the drain system where they will begin to harden. Never dispose of these substances in your drain system. Always dispose of them in your trash. They’re among the worst substances you can put down the drain.

Schedule Professional Cleaning

Even with the best efforts, grease and other food particles can wind up in the kitchen drain. That’s why it’s a good idea to contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Florence to schedule our professional drain cleaning service every year or two.

Bathroom Sinks and Tubs

Bathroom sinks and tubs can also become filled with debris such as hair, soap residue, and biofilm. Biofilm is a mucky mix of soap residue, dirt, and bacteria. Use these tips to keep your bathroom drains flowing optimally:

Bathtub Drains

To prevent drain clogs in your tub, be sure to guard against hair–the primary culprit of bathtub clogs. Use a tub drain screen to catch hair before it can flow down the drain. Clean the screen as needed. This simple device can spare you from having to use an auger to fish out hair that gets caught in the drain.

Kids Toys

Most children’s toys designed for the tub are perfectly safe for the tub. However, kids might bring in other toys at bath time that aren’t so safe if they wind up flowing down the drain. Broken crayons, doll shoes, or Legos shouldn’t be in the drain, but they can wind up there. Be sure your kids understand that small toy parts should not be brought into the tub.

Schedule Cleanings

It’s a great maintenance plan to schedule drain cleaning service with Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Florence every two years. That way, we can clear out any hair or biofilm that’s building up in the drains because they can cause a clog. We can visit your home to perform this service quickly and affordably.


Toilets, of course, are common sites for clogs. If you have a toilet that clogs frequently, talk to our drain cleaning service team. Sometimes the issue is a drain problem, but sometimes it’s a problem with the toilet itself. Our plumbers can evaluate the situation and recommend the ideal solution.

Toilet Paper

Toilet paper is designed to disintegrate in water, but an abundance of toilet paper flushed all at once can lead to a clog. Be sure to flush multiple times rather than flush too much toilet tissue.

Food Waste

Some people dump food waste down the toilet. Keep in mind that only human waste and toilet tissue should be flushed. Anything else can lead to a clog.


Be sure you don’t flush seemingly harmless toiletries like cotton balls or dental floss down toilets. These items can get lodged in the drain and wind up causing a clog as other debris becomes trapped with them.

Schedule Cleaning

Again, with routine drain cleaning service, you can keep the drains associated with your home’s bathrooms clear and flowing optimally. Our drain cleaning service is reasonably priced and will help you maintain your home’s plumbing system.

Contact us if you want to schedule a cleaning or if you need any other plumbing services. We can also provide emergency plumbing service when needed.

Our plumbers at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Florence provide a full lineup of plumbing services. We’re known for our honesty, integrity, and expertise. It’s always better to hire a professional plumber to maintain your plumbing system, which is an essential home system. We will help you keep this system running smoothly year after year. Be sure to read additional blogs with more plumbing system tips.

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