A blocked or clogged drain is one of the most common household plumbing issues experienced by families everywhere. Sometimes, we may not realize how much use our drains actually get but every time you turn on a sink, faucet, or tap, you’re also introducing things into your drains! Initially, drain clogs may seem like just a nuisance, however, when left untreated, clogs can worsen and lead to damage and expensive repairs. The Plumbing & Air Service Co. provides professional drain cleaning services for when DIY just won’t cut it!
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The Difference Between Professional Drain Cleaning & DIY
Some homeowners rely solely on DIY or store-bought methods of drain cleaning when they get a clog or blockage. While this could work fine in some cases, what many people don’t realize is that these methods are not always reliable or safe. Usually, they are quick fixes that don’t get to the root of the problem, leading to frequent clogs and slow drains. If you don’t address the issue with a professional cleaning, it is likely that clogs will continue to reoccur and that you will experience some damage to your drains.
If your clog is visible from the opening of your drain, it is likely you will be able to clean the drain yourself using DIY methods. However, if your sink is completely pooling when you brush or wash your hands, you may have a deep, tough clog that needs a professional touch. Avoid using toxic chemical drain cleaners that can deteriorate your pipes and be careful when using drain snakes on curved or bent pipes as the snake can snap and become lodged in your drains.
How to Avoid Drain Clogs
Prevention is a great way to keep your drains from becoming badly clogged. There are several things you can avoid doing that will maximize your drains functionality. Below are a few tips for keeping your drains clog-free:
- Keep your toilet lid closed whenever your toilet is not in use to avoid flushing large objects down.
- Keep cooking grease and oil in a separate container until you’re ready to dispose of it in the trash. Pouring it down your drains can cause it to cool and harden, blocking up your pipes.
- Don’t flush hair or other debris down your drains as they will almost always cause a clog in your drains.
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If you’re looking for a way to keep your drains clean and clear, maintenance will help you prevent bad clogs and expensive repairs down the line. There are some simple steps you can take at home in order to maintain your drains. Pouring very hot water down your drains after use helps to flush your drains of any grease, soap, or other solutions that may be stuck in your drain. Using a solution of baking soda and vinegar is also an effective and natural way to keep your drains clean.