Keeping Your Drain Traps Clear

Many clogged bathroom drains are due to a build-up of hair. A quick way to tell is if the drain in the sink or shower is draining slowly or is completely backed up. If the water eventually dissipates, then you probably have a hair clog. One easy solution is to get a Zip-It tool, which is a thin serrated plastic strip that you poke down your drain, which you can find online or in a big box or hardware store. (They also go by names like “Hair Weasel.”) The plastic teeth on the strip will catch the hair and you can easily pull it out and dispose of it. However, if the Zip-It didn’t work or you suspect a more serious problem, then contact the service pros at Atlas Butler. We can take a look and see if your drains need to be snaked or rooted or if there is a more serious problem like damaged pipes or tree root obstruction. We are available 24/7; call us at 614-681-2183.

2021-07-11T02:55:20-04:00July 10th, 2021|Kitchen Drains, Maintenance|

What not to put down your kitchen drain

You flip on the water and the disposal after cleaning dinner dishes, and the water doesn’t drain. The water mixed with the scraps from dinner circle the drain while your disposal hums. You probably have a clog that needs to be cleared. The main culprit of a clogged kitchen sink is a backed-up garbage disposal, which can happen when you put things down the drain that collect in the pipe.  Kitchen disposals are designed to chop up food refuse and send them down the main drain, but there are some foods and particles that can collect and create a backup. There are many preventive steps you can take to avoid these problems, which starts with knowing what NOT to put down your kitchen drain.

The worst items to put down your garbage disposal are greases and fats, coffee grounds, vegetable scraps and eggshells. Other no-nos include pasta and rice, which when combined with water, can stick together and create a mess. A good rule of thumb, or hand, is … if the scraps are bigger than your fist, then don’t put them down the disposal. And don’t forget to run lots and lots of water.


If you have a clogged sink or backed-up garbage disposal, call Atlas Butler Plumbing at 614-681-2183 to schedule an appointment. Our experienced plumbing techs will inspect the drain and find the quickest solution to open your drain. The pros at Atlas Butler Plumbing are available 24/7 for plumbing emergencies in your home.

2021-07-11T02:55:20-04:00April 1st, 2021|Kitchen Drains, Maintenance|
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