When drains are operating correctly, you barely notice them. We often take drains for granted. If every drain in your home was not functioning properly, imagine the amount of waste water that would flood your home. There are many things that could clog your drain, but the main causes are hair, grease, and food waste. In order to avoid drain clogs, it is best that you have your drainage system inspected often.
When drains clog, there is often a warning signal. Occasionally this is not the case, but most of the time there will be signs that your drainage system is not quite on its best behavior. These signs can appear in the form of gurgling pipes, toilets that are slow to drain, slow draining showers and tubs, and also strange odors emanating from your drains. When noticing these signs, you should contact a professional drain cleaning plumber. If you allow your sewage pipes to back up too far they can cause damage and a big mess.
You may be able to solve your drainage issues with a plunger or chemical solution. If you are able to free a small clog with a plunger, that is a good solution. You should not always turn to store bought chemicals to unclog your drains, however. Many of these chemicals can actually damage your pipes and make them more prone to leaks in the future.
If you cannot unclog your drain with a plunger, it is time to call the plumber for drain cleaning service. Plumbers will often perform a service called hydro jetting. Hydro jetting is a process where plumbers use high-pressure water sprayers to clean the interior of sewer pipes. This quickly clears the clog as well as removing sewage plaque of the interior walls.
How often your drainage system will require drain cleaning depends on how many people are in your family, how much water your family uses, and how old your drainage pipes are. You should definitely have your drains cleaned right away if you do not know when they were last cleaned. This will prevent clogging and damage. A good rule of thumb is to have a drain cleaning service performed on your drain pipes about once a year. If you stop the clog before it starts, less damage may occur to your sewer pipes.
Drain cleaning might be necessary more often than a year if your home has older pipes. The material of the pipes also plays a role in how often clogs occur. If your drain pipes are clogging more often than every 6 months, you may want to consider replacing the drain pipes with newer pipes. Materials improve over time, so new sewer lines made of PVC will likely clog less and are expected to last you many years.
A proper drainage system is essential to the overall functioning of your home. Don’t let a clogged drain stop you and your family from doing everyday household functions. If you are in the market for drain cleaning service, give us a call. Our plumbers are trained professionals who will free your drains of clogs for a competitive price.