Goettl technician fixing piping under the sink

Easy Ways to Minimize the Risk of Clogs

There are certain annoyances in life that you just cannot get rid of. Mosquitoes. Hangnails. And yes, drain clogs. Does this mean that you have to suck it up and put up with clogs, though? That you can do nothing about it? Of course not. You wear bug spray, right? And you clip your hangnails before they can cause you much pain? Well, there are also some preventive measures you can take in order to minimize the headache of drain clogs.

It doesn’t mean that you’ll never run into clogged drains in your home, of course. No more than wearing bug spray will mean that you’ll never get another bug bite. Keeping these tips in mind and putting them into practice will help to limit the risk of clogs developing, though. And the best part is, they’re all quite simple! Just remember that when, not if, you do run into clogs in your home, our Goettl plumbers are here to help!

Are Your Drains Themselves Protected?

If you don’t have a screen or trap over every drain in your home, then you are already setting yourself up for failure in the pursuit of clog-free drains. Yes, we know this sounds painfully obvious, but—the best way to prevent drains from clogging is to keep as much material as possible out of them. That means keeping hair out of the shower/tub drain, whiskers out of the sink drain, and food scraps out of the kitchen drain (a bit more on that below).

Not only do you want to keep these covers and traps in place, but you also want to make sure that you are cleaning them out regularly. If you don’t, water will fill over them, and some material may be able to make it into the drain by sneaking through the seal between the trap and the fixture itself. If it seems like a hassle to be cleaning a trap every time you do the dishes or shower, just remember how much more of a hassle clogged drains are!

A Garbage Disposal Is Not for Everything

A lot of times we wind up clearing clogged drains and listening to homeowners express their frustration about the failings of their garbage disposals. However, garbage disposals are not meant to handle everything you decide to put down them. They are incredibly convenient devices, but they have their limitations.

While a garbage disposal can certainly handle the process of pasta or rice, for instance, it won’t change that those materials are still highly absorbent. And having highly absorbent materials in as wet a setting as your pipes is a recipe for, if not disaster, clogs! They can swell up and block up your pipes before you know it. So keep those items, as well as fats and grease that can congeal, out of the drain.

Leave the Drain Cleaning to the Pros

If you are serious about keeping your drains clog-free, then let us handle it when clogs do develop. If you fail to do so, you are only hurting yourself in the long run. DIY drain cleaning attempts are not effective, and you’ll be dealing with the issue again before long.

Schedule your plumbing services with Goettl Air Conditioning and Plumbing. We do things the right way, not the easy way.

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17:11 17 Apr 24
2.7.24Jay Cruz, technician, arrived on time today to service/check my ac/heating. Jay arrived timely and was friendly. Jay checked my inside unit, ceiling vents, etc and he made some recommendations. He was easy to talk to and very professional. He will be sending me an email with the recommendations and costs associated so that I can save the money to have these taken care of. I will say, no other technician has been as proficient as Jay.Yesterday, 2.6.24, I received a call from Betty. Betty was also very friendly, professional and knowledgeable. She listened to me and made recommendations and advice. By the end if the call, I felt like Betty was a friend.Thank you to Jay and Betty!Late one evening I was washing clothes. Daughter noticed water on floor under washer. I was so upset and worried about finding someone to fix the problem, whatever it was, and especially the cost. Goettl this the rescue! Namely, their employee/plumber, Chris! The next day, Chris came, found the clog in my pipes, and…voilà! We joined their $14.95 per month plan and that was all we paid for a job well done! Thank you!3.26.24Tyler Leija was great! He checked my drain pipe outside with a camera. Advised everything was clear. He checked my kitchen and master bathroom sinks and toilet. Tyler was friendly, but professional. Thank you.4.17.24Frank M arrived here on time. He was friendly and professional. He explained everything he was going to do today. He completed everything he mentioned. He provided suggestions of things that need or should be taken care of. Nothing urgent. He installed the water heater sensor in addition to other plumbing type things. He drained the water heater. He spoke to his supervisor, Terronne (sp?). Should received estimates for hvac and water heater. Thank you Frank! Great job!
Susie FindeisenSusie Findeisen
17:09 17 Apr 24
Matthew was Totally professional, respectful, knowledgeable and a very kind person.He didn’t rush me and was very thorough! Thank you so much -I’m glad you were the one helping me
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16:58 17 Apr 24
Jesus Gloria did an amazing job and very informative.
Gerry BenaventeGerry Benavente
23:38 16 Apr 24
I am very satisfied with the drain clog/clearing work that Deonte Wilson did for me today. He was very professional and personable. He explained everything that he was doing and was very pleasant to talk to as well. The price was right and service was outstanding! Thank you!
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16:59 09 Apr 24
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15:15 09 Apr 24
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Gary GarciaGary Garcia
22:35 08 Apr 24
Tyler did a great job, taking care of the plumbing problem. Great customer service, and describing the problem.
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22:28 08 Apr 24
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Mike MouserMike Mouser
20:29 08 Apr 24
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21:22 06 Apr 24
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17:53 06 Apr 24
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16:26 06 Apr 24
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Al GilmerAl Gilmer
15:14 06 Apr 24
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dtxdemon S,A.TX.dtxdemon S,A.TX.
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