Constantly clogged drains can be quite bothersome. Eventually, the DIY solutions will stop being as effective, particularly if you are depending on chemical drain cleaners. You can clear existing clogs and reduce the chances of their returns with the following tips. 

1. Flush With Care

Not everything should go down the drain. Food scraps, coffee grounds, hygiene items, and diapers are some of the most common causes of clogged drains. Kitchen grease, hair, and soap scum run a close second. Throw the above items away when possible, and use drain screens and hair catchers to reduce the introduction of those items that can't be easily separated from the wastewater. 

2. Treat for Tree Roots

Tree roots are a common nemesis for main drain lines, as the hair-like root tendrils can work their way into the line through small joints and cracks in the pipe. The roots then grow quickly, filling the line and leading to a major clog. Drain cleaning is the only solution once this occurs. Your plumbing service will use an auger, also known as a high-pressure water jet, to clean out the roots inside the drain. There are flushable treatments that reduce root growth in lines, which you can use before tree roots become a problem.

3. Clear Small Clogs Promptly

Don't ignore a drain if it seems to be emptying slower than usual. This is one of the first symptoms that a clog is forming. If you bring in a plumber to treat a small clog in the early stages, you can avoid sewer backups and major damages to your pipelines. The service is also likely to cost less and take less time to complete.

4.  Schedule Annual Drain Clearing

A drain line doesn't have to be moving slowly or be completely clogged before you schedule a drain clearing. Annual cleaning prevents major clogs from developing in the first place. Your plumber will use a high-pressure jet of water to remove all developing residue from the inside of the drain lines before a full clog can form. 

5. Consider Video Inspections

If recurrent clogs are a problem, a drain line inspection may be necessary. A plumber feeds a small camera down the drain to pinpoint what exactly is causing the clog to form. They may find pipe damage or a particularly stubborn blockage, which may require further repairs or treatment to fully clear out. 

Contact a clogged drain cleaning service if you are struggling with constant clogs.