Summer Party Season Has Arrived: Here Are 3 Tips To Avoid Clogged Drains

Summer BBQ season is here and that means you're going to be having a lot of guests in your home. That also means that your drains are going to be getting a lot more use. If your plumbing isn't prepared for the increased usage, you could find yourself facing some seriously clogged drains. Don't get stuck with clogged drains in the middle of a party. Here's a list of things you can do to prepare your plumbing for summer parties.

Pump Your Septic Tank

You might be wondering what your septic tank has to do with clogged drains. There are two tanks that hold the solid and liquid waste that leaves your home. Once those tanks fill, the solid waste begins to backup into the drain pipes. That backup of waste will start causing clogs to develop.

Eventually, the waste will back right up into your bathtubs. You can avoid clogs and smelly messes in your tub by having your septic tank pumped before the summer BBQ season gets in to full swing. This is particularly important if you can't remember the last time you had your septic tank pumped.

Have the Drains Professionally Cleaned

The drain pipes in your home are about 4" wide. However, as hair, grease and food build up in the pipes, that opening gets smaller and smaller. Once the build-up gets too bad, you'll start experiencing frequent clogs.

Your plumber can come out and professionally clean those pipes for you. As part of your home maintenance, you should have your drains professionally cleaned at least once a year. There are two different ways to have your drains cleaned.

Electric Auger

The electric auger is a wire plumbers snake with a serrated cutting blade attached at the end. The serrated edge cuts through all the gunk and debris as it's pushed through the drain pipes. This method is especially useful at removing roots that might have grown into your drain pipes.

High Pressure Jet Nozzle

The high pressure jet nozzle uses pressurized water to scrub the inside of your drain pipes. As the water shoots through the pipes, it flushes the debris through to your septic tank or sewer system.

Do Weekly Maintenance

Once your drains have been professionally cleaned, you can help keep them clean. This simple trick will keep your drains clean and smelling fresh. It's also great at breaking up small clogs.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Baking soda

  • Vinegar

  • Lemon juice

  • Large pan

  • 1 gallon of water


  1. Use your pan to bring 1 gallon of water to a full boil.

  2. Pour 1 cup of baking soda into the drain and allow it to sit for about 15 minutes.

  3. Pour 1 cup of vinegar and ½ cup of lemon juice into the drain.

  4. The baking soda and vinegar will begin to foam. This is normal.

  5. Allow the solution to remain in the drain for another 15 minutes.

  6. Flush the drain with your boiling water.

  7. Repeat these steps once a week to keep your drains clean, fresh and clog-free.

It's time to prepare for the summertime BBQs. Don't let clogged drains ruin your party. Use these simple tips to prevent clogs in your drains. It's a good idea to contact your plumber, like those at Doctor Fix-It, at the first sign of sluggish drains.