Clogged drains are a common household plumbing issue. They’re also a major headache. You can reduce the risk of clogs by taking good care of your drains and your plumbing. Here are some of the questions we’re most often asked about drain cleaning.
How often should drains be cleaned?
Most homeowners don’t think about their drains until a clog occurs. However, regular drain cleanings will ensure your water keeps flowing smoothly. Professional drain cleaning once a year is usually enough. However, this isn’t a hard-and-fast rule. If your pipes are older, they may need cleaning more frequently.
How do I know if I need professional drain cleaning?
The warning signs of a clogged drain include:
Before a drain becomes fully clogged, it will start to drain more slowly than usual. You’re likely to notice this problem in your sink, bathtub, or shower.
If your plumbing fixtures clog repeatedly, or if you have clogs in multiple places at once, it’s time for professional drain cleaning.
If your toilet is not flushing properly, you may have a blockage in your pipes. If you’ve tried using a plunger but the overflowing continues, your pipes need attention from a plumber.
A foul odor coming from your drain is a sign of a serious drainage problem. Odors indicate that something may be stuck in your pipes. Waste can build up in your plumbing if your drains aren’t working. Call a plumber if you notice a foul odor around your drains.
Can I unclog my drains with commercial drain cleaning products?
Chemical drain cleaners may appear to provide an effective short-term solution for clogged drains. However, they’re not helpful for every clog. Chemical drain cleaners can corrode your pipes, and even make holes in your pipes if they’re used for a long period of time. They can also damage your septic system by killing the natural bacteria that are necessary for waste to break down. Having your drains regularly cleaned is a better solution than relying on chemical drain cleaners.
How can I prevent my drains from clogging?
These tips will help you stop drain clogs before they start.
Keep Food Scraps Away From the Kitchen Sink
Food scraps can clog your drains or your pipes. Make sure to put leftover food in the trash, not the sink. Never pour liquid grease down the drain. It will solidify as it cools, blocking your pipes. Pour liquid grease into a coffee can or another disposable container, then throw it in the trash after it cools.
If you have a garbage disposal, never put coffee grounds, banana peels, or potato skins in your disposal. Run cold faucet water while you’re using your garbage disposal. The disposal will not work as effectively if you use it without running water.
Use a Screen
A screen or drain grate will block debris and soap scum from going down your drain. You can find a drain grate at a bath store or hardware store.
Watch What You Flush
Avoid flushing anything down the toilet except waste and toilet paper. Even products advertised as flushable are not always safe to flush and may cause a clog. Never flush paper towels or feminine products.
Maintain Your Drains
Run hot water down your drain after each use. This will help dissolve soap scum and grease that build up in your pipes. Schedule professional drain cleaning service annually.
Do you have additional questions about drain cleaning? We’re here to help. Our award-winning company has been serving the Twin Cities metro area for over 75 years. Contact us to learn more about our drain cleaning services.