You might as well face it - a clogged drain is one of the most disgusting of all the things that can go wrong in a house. And, to add insult to injury, unlike a flood or fire, insurance companies don't consider a backed up drain a "sudden and unexpected" event. Most likely your homeowner's insurance in Vancouver won't pay for the water damage resulting from the backup. What's more, many clogged drains can be prevented with just a little diligence.
In the Kitchen
Don't think that just because you have a garbage disposal you can just toss anything you want down the drain. Far from it. Like any drain, garbage disposal drains fall victim to fats, oils, grease and gritty stuff like coffee grounds and egg shells. Once a clog happens, you're likely to have water damage as well as icky stuff all over the kitchen.
Tips: Dispose of grease and oil in the trash; also coffee grounds and egg shells. Never put meat through the garbage disposal. Rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.
In the Bathroom
Bathrooms are ripe for water damage from stopped up drains. From the sink to the tub and shower to the toiler, the bathroom is just waiting for something unpleasant to happen.
Tips: Keep straining plates over the tub and shower drains to keep larger objects from falling through and clogging up the works. Use the sink stopper to keep hair and other debris from building up in the drain pipe.
Outside the House
Another common cause of blocked drains is tree roots. Even after a plumber removes the roots, the pipe itself can cause future blockage due to the bump where with pipe has been previously broken and repaired. In some cases professional water removal is necessary due to the extent of the blockage.
Tips: While there is little you can do about existing roots in Vancouver, be sure to plant new trees and bushes away from drain pipes.
Whether its water damage from a major flood or from a clogged drain, it's never pleasant to deal with. Your best bet is to avoid blocked drains by being careful what goes down them.