There is a way to substantially avoid drain clogs. A little plumbing theory is going to help understand why.
Underground sewer waste pipes flow on a downward slope from your sinks and toilets, out to a much larger main sewer line under the city streets. Typical slope requirements for water and waste flow equal to ¼ inch slope for every one linear foot of pipe length. This grade of slope is only enough to push the flow of water through.
You may ask then, “How then do solids, incidental food, toilet paper and human waste pass through a sewer pipe”?
The answer is, with the help of forced water. The ¼ inch per slope is sufficient enough to allow solids to pass through with the help of water flowing with it. Herein lies the problem, the sewer systems of older homes (built prior to 1980) were designed with the understanding that washing machines used in 45 gallons of water per load and faucets flowed at 5 gallons per minute.
The past few decades have brought upon water conservation efforts including; federal laws and other municipal policies, which limit the amount of water we use in our homes. They require manufacturers of fixtures and appliances that use water such as; faucets, washing machines and shower heads, to limit the amount of water flow of the products they manufacture. Modern day washing machines could have as little as 15-gallon load capacity and faucets flow at less than half the rate they have in previous decades. Whereas this is great for the ecology, it is one of the greatest contributors of clogged drains in residential property.
The old single level ranch homes, typically spread across larger lots. These types of homes were fine when they were designed with longer stretches of sewer pipe because the larger capacity washing machines and higher volume faucets and fixtures would allow enough water to push any solid waste through. Newer manufactured fixtures, toilets and appliances don’t allow for enough water to push solid waste through a lengthy stretch of pipe.
It is easy to see how low flow faucets and 15-gallon capacity washing machines, can lead to problems fast. It doesn’t mean there is no hope. You can control the destiny of our drains and never need them to be cleaned again.
Here’s the trick:
At the end of the day, every day, fill one side of your kitchen sink completely full of water, then release.
The release of that amount of water at one time will flush any solids that didn’t make it all the way to the main city sewer line. If you don’t flush once a day, the soaps, grease and solid waste will begin to accumulate. Shortly after that you will need to call a plumber.
The moral of the story is, take the time each day and flush your sewer pipe.