Avoid nasty hair clogged drains or overflowing toilets with these seven tips

  1. Clean your drains: You can remove your kitchen and bathroom drains to get rid of excess hair, food, and other debris that can lead to a future clog. Also remember to regularly clean your garbage disposal and only put in food scraps that won’t cause a clog.
  2. When you do have a clogged drain, don’t use chemical cleaners: Chemical cleaners are hard on your pipes as well as potentially dangerous to your family’s health. If you have a clog, try to snake it, plunge it, or call us.
  3. Use mesh screens: Mesh screens can be found in any grocery, hardware or big box store. You can insert screens below your shower drain as well as use them in the kitchen sink to catch food and other scraps.
  4. If you or your family members have long hair, brush it before getting into the shower: Brushing your hair beforehand will get rid of loose hair rather than having it go down the drain.
  5. Wash Fido outside during the summer: If it’s too cold and your pup needs a bath, put a wash cloth over the drain to catch excess hair.
  6. Remind everyone in your house to only throw toilet paper in the toilet: Gum, toys, tampons and baby wipes will clog up your toilet faster than you can flush.
  7. Invest in a quality plunger and drain snake (auger) so you can clear simple clogs on your own.

It’s Time to Call the Plumber When…

You know it’s time to call the plumber to replace your drains when you have these seven problems:

  • Your home still has copper, galvanized steel or brass supply piping
  • Your drain lines are cast iron
  • Your PVC drain lines are over 25 years old
  • You have polybutylene or lead pipes
  • Your home is over 60 years old and you plan on remodeling it
  • You find the following signs of corrosion on your pipes’ outer tubing:
    • Stains
    • Dimpling
    • Pimples
    • Flaking
  • There are leaks continuously popping out of the same pipe.

At McLoughlin PHC, we’re the Philadelphia region’s premier plumbing company. Right now, we’re offering a $32.50 service call special to get rid of your drains’ stubborn clogs. If you live in the Main Line, Philadelphia or in the following PA counties: Chester, Delaware or Montgomery, and you think it’s time to replace your drains, call us at (610) 649-8080 or fill out our contact form.


Bousquin, Joe, “Do You Need to Replace Your Plumbing?”, “Don’t Let It All Go Down the Drain.”