Drain Cleaning Tips

With the seasonal changes, you can expect big family dinners, get-togethers, and entertaining. It would be a shame for something like a clogged drain to punctuate these events and create a plumbing emergency.

Here are some tips on how to make sure your drains are ready for the season ahead:

Why Should I Not Use Drain Cleaner?

Many homeowners will see a clogged drain and immediately pour chemical drain cleaner down the pipe to remove it. These cleaners are cheap and efficient, but they also cause immeasurable damage to the pipe. The harsh chemicals corrode the pipe, creating weak spots that will eventually lead to burst pipes.

How to Clear a Clogged Drain

Instead of using a chemical drain cleaner on a clog, try plunging it with your plunger. The suction will gently dislodge the clog and flush it through the system. If you try this and the clog remains, then it’s time to call a professional. The problem may be worse than expected and a trained plumber can easily spot the problem and provide a solution.

What Causes Clogs in Drains?

Most clogs are created by a combination of materials collecting in the drain that then harden. The most common materials found in a clogged drain include hair, food, grease, oil, skin flakes, soap scum, paper products, and minerals.

How to Keep Drains Clog-Free

It’s impossible to keep everything out of the drain, but you can limit the amount of debris that enters the pipes by using a drain screen on your drains. These filters trap materials like hair and food before they enter the drain and help prevent clogs.

How Much Pressure Do You Need for Hydrojetting?

High-pressure water cleaning is one of the most efficient ways to clean your pipes. A professional should always perform this service.

  • For example, if the pressure is too intense, it could damage the pipe and cause it to shift out of place. This can create an expensive repair for a relatively small mistake.
  • Additionally, if the pressure is too low, the drain may not get the full benefit of the cleaning.

So there you have it, tips and tricks on getting the most out of your annual drain cleaning service. For more information or to schedule your next appointment, call The Plumbing Service Company at (336) 502-8540.

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