You probably do a lot of things to keep your home in good condition. That could include things like cleaning the gutters, trimming back the hedges, and making sure your air filters are clean. Do not overlook the importance and value of drain cleaning service. Drain cleaning enables you to keep all of the pipes moving waste water away from your home moving freely.
How Does Drain Cleaning Help You?
The investment in routine drain cleaning service helps in a number of potential ways:
- It helps to remove material that lines the interior of pipes, blocking their flow and leading to backups.
- Drain cleaning works to remove bacteria and mold that grows along the interior of these lines as well.
- Done routinely, it can help to keep clogs from causing the sewer lines in your home to back up.
- It could help to ensure your pipes last as long as possible without requiring repair or replacement.
- This service can save you money by preventing plumbing emergencies in some cases.
How Often Should You Have Your Drains Professionally Cleaned?
A number of factors go into this, but most homes benefit from drain cleaning service completed at least annually. If you live in an area with numerous trees or own one of the older homes, having them done twice a year can help extend your pipes’ lifespan.
It is not uncommon for homeowners to need this service who have not had their drains cleaned before now. That’s okay. Even if you have never done it before, calling in the professionals to provide this help now is an excellent way to minimize future risks.
Does Drain Cleaning Damage the Lines?
When you turn to a professional drain cleaning service, they will work closely with you to understand the condition of your lines and monitor the overall process to ensure no damage occurs. Most of the time, this process involves the use of highly pressurized water that moves through the lines, removing debris simply from the force of it.
There are some situations where you may not benefit from this service. For example, if the drain lines are snapped, or there are jagged edges on them from being broken open, then this pressure can cause damage. If you are concerned about this, talk to the team about inspecting the lines first to ensure there is nothing that could be damaged.
Otherwise, this type of service does not cause any damage to your lines. Most of the time, it can extend the life of your home’s wastewater removal system.
How Do You Know If You Need Cleaning or Just Have a Clog?
Perhaps your child dropped something in the toilet, and now it’s not flushing properly. There could have been something too large that went down the kitchen sink drain, and that’s causing a slowing of the drain. In these situations, it may be necessary to have the specific drain lines under those sinks or under the toilet cleaned out.
However, a drain cleaning service is best if you have slow moving drains or clogs that do not go away with routine plunging. This could indicate a much larger problem exists at a central point in the system. It may also indicate that drain lines are blocked at the main sewer, which will cause more than one sink to backup or toilet to not flush properly.
If the problem extends beyond one sink or drain, then having a drain cleaning service out to inspect and fix the problem tends to be essential.
What Are the Signs You Need Drain Cleaning?
Your home may provide some indications that there’s something clogging the lines. If you notice any changes in the way your drains work, that is the first thing to respond to. Some other warning signs that you may need drain cleaning service include:
- Your sinks are draining, but slowly. It takes a lot of time for the sink to empty.
- There is a strong, pungent odor coming from the sink or drain.
- You are experiencing an increase in drain lines backing up in the garage or basement.
- There’s pooling water in your dishwasher or washing machine.
- You hear strange sounds or gurgling coming from the pipes.
In any of these situations, it could be a good idea to invest in drain cleaning service. If you are not sure, ask a plumber to provide you with more insight into when this could benefit your home.
Can You Use Chemical Drain Cleaners and Get the Same Results?
There are a lot of drain cleaning materials on the market, solutions that tell you to simply pour them down the drain, and it will eat away all of the clogging material to get your lines moving again. Avoid these types of products.
They may work initially, but they are also eating away at the interior of your pipes, causing more structural damage than they should. They also typically do not handle larger problems, especially those that are coming from clogged drain lines due to trees or rodents. You may find they are expensive but lack any long-term benefit to your home. Instead, have a professional handle this task for you.
You also do not want to use snakes or other types of drain cleaning tools and mechanisms you may see available unless you have the experience to do so and know where the problem is. These items can be helpful in getting rid of a clog in a toilet, but they can also very easily break through the pipes if they are at just the right angle. That leads to much more substantial repair needs.
Allow Our Professionals to Help You
At bluefrog Plumbing + Drain + HVAC of San Antonio, we offer comprehensive support for your plumbing needs. That includes providing drain cleaning service. Contact us today to set up an appointment for our team to take a closer look at your drains.
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