One of the most rage-inducing plumbing issues anyone can encounter in their existence is a clogged drain.  It’s like waking up at 6 am on a Monday and realizing you’re out of coffee and the line at Starbucks is 40 cars long. Although Jim Bennett’s Plumbing would love for you to call us for each one of these plumbing problems, here are some maintenance tips to keep your drains drama-free.


#1.  Drop it like its Hot: Yes, you’ve been scolded like a schoolboy about pouring grease down the drain.  We get it: grease = bad! But let’s be honest, even if you’re wiping down your frying pans like a baby’s bottom, there’s bound to be a layer of grease remaining.  When you’ve concluded that the inside of the pipe is lined with more grease than John Travolta’s hair, we have a simple and rather ingenious solution for you: a heating pad.  Wrap a heating pad around the pipe, turn it on and let the heat from the pipe liquefy the grease.  It should go without saying, but, WARNING: don’t touch the hot pipe after, or you’ll have a whole different problem all together.


#2. Science Friday: This is not only easy, but also reminiscent of your 7th grade science project! Step 1: Dump about half a cup of baking soda down the drain. Step 2: Add half a cup of white vinegar. Enjoy the sink volcano. Step 3: Wait 30 minutes and rinse with boiling water. This simple cleaning once a week will help breakdown the gunk and grease that builds up in your drains.


#3. Take the Plunge: In case you didn’t know, plungers are for more than just clogged toilets and for chasing a naughty dog.  Take one of these bad boys over to your clogged sink, add some hot water and plunge away. (Placing a rag over the drain will increase the effectiveness of the plunger) In case you didn’t already figure this one out, we don’t suggest you use the plunger from your toilet. Enough said.


#4. Hair Raising: The biggest culprit for a shower or bathroom clog is hair. For the bathtub, we suggest you fill with hot water and pull the stopper and let it drain, the force created by the hot water will break up and flush the debris.  As for the shower, the trick we learned earlier with vinegar and baking soda works wonders! If your stunning partner has really long hair, take off the drain cover to remove the rat’s nest.  Resist gagging, this isn’t for the faint of heart. And purchase one of those little cup-shaped mesh drain inserts to catch the hair and other particulate that has no business going down your drain, empty daily.


#5. Call in the Pros: Even with all of these easy DIY tips, it’s always good to call Jim Bennett’s Plumbing in for a professional inspection to clear those pipes if these tips don’t work, and to take care of all of those not-quite-smoothly running drains that drain your patience.


To have a professional head over to your home, call Jim Bennett’s Plumbing at 850-878-3178 or check out to see what services we provide.