When Should I Get My Drains Cleaned?
With the all-exciting holiday season right around the corner, have you completed your home’s preventative maintenance to-do list? The last thing you want to do is make an emergency call to your HVAC or plumbing contractor.
Fall is a great time for maintenance around the home. There is the all-important fall tune-up of your heating system. Upgrading your outdoor lighting to accommodate the new holiday decorations you bought. Don’t forget! You still must dig those decorations out of storage first.
But what about your plumbing system? More importantly, your drains.
“When should I get my drains cleaned?”
“How often should I get my drains cleaned?”
“How do I know if my sewer drain is clogged?”
These are just a few questions our plumbers get regarding our customers and their blocked drains.
So, this begs the question – when should you get your drain cleaned by a qualified professional?
Anytime you’re experiencing slow drains, or frequent clogs is a reason to get your drains and sewer drain cleaned. Nevertheless, fall is a great time to get your blocked drains cleared.
Drain Cleaning is Fall Maintenance
Fall is drain cleaning season. The kids are back in school (even though this year is a bit different). You may be working-from-home due to offices being closed.
Now, you have more time to focus on the repairs and other things around your home that you put off during the busy summer months.
If you’ve been putting off the clogged or slow drains in your bathroom, laundry room, or kitchen sink, it’s time to get those cleared. Now is the time to hire a professional drain cleaner.
A proper drain cleaning should be on your fall maintenance checklist every year. Such as a heater tune-up is or an electrical inspection. And it should be completed by a qualified plumber or drain cleaner.
But first, what causes blocked or clogged drains exactly?
What’s Causes a Blocked Drain
Drain cleaning is such a critical plumbing service. If you’ve had sewer backups in the past, you’re aware of the mess it can make.
There’s still a chance for a clog or backup, even if you’re careful about what you flush down the drain.
The cause of a blocked drain is based on where in the house the clogged drain is occurring.
- Your Bathroom– Not to be graphic here, but because your body naturally sheds hair when getting washed off in the shower, it most often ends up in the drain. Blockages also occur from toilet paper, diapers, and other toiletries being flushed down the toilet.
- Your Kitchen– One BIG no-no is grease and food fat should never go down the drain. These will harden and stick to the piping when it gets cold. Additionally, food waste and other particles often fall down the drain during cooking or washing dishes.
- The Laundry Room– Lint and other debris are often the clogged drain troublemakers in here. You’ll often find dirt and grime build up in the laundry sink, which will also block the drain.
Over time, you’ll often find these drains will frequently clog or drain slowly.
This should be when you get your drains cleaned.
5 Signs You Should Have Your Drains Cleaned
Fall is a good season for you to schedule preventive maintenance around your home. Fall and the upcoming holiday season typically puts more wear and tear on your home’s plumbing system.
So as a homeowner, how do you know when it’s time to have your drains cleaned?
Here are five signs you can look for around your home today:
- Inconvenient Toilet Backups
- Annoying Slow Drains
- Frequent Clogs
- Odd Bubbling Noises
- Nasty Sewage Smells
If you’re experiencing these signs often, you should call your local plumber or drain cleaner ASAP.
How to Properly Clean Them
Is fake news still a thing? Asking for a friend…
The media and other Internet outlets talk about how clearing blocked drains is a ‘DIY-ers’ project that can be solved with chemical drain cleaners.
From a professional standpoint, this isn’t correct. Besides that, it’s also dangerous for your plumbing system.
Liquid chemical drain cleaners corrode your pipes, causing weak spots to form. This will eventually lead to a burst pipe and a potentially expensive repair.
With regular drain cleaning service, you’ll help prevent this damage to your plumbing systems. You’ll also have an expert inspecting your drains regularly to identify any potential problems.
DID YOU KNOW: When the weather changes, tree and plant roots look for a new way to find food?
Furthermore, as your home’s main sewer drain breaks down, those roots will invade your sewer drain looking for food.
When You Should Call a Professional Drain Cleaner
We’ve pointed out the problems of a clogged drain, what causes them, and why you shouldn’t use chemical drain cleaners.
So, what’s a homeowner like yourself supposed to do if you’re experiencing a clogged drain or sewer main? Call a qualified plumber or expert drain cleaner, of course!
A plumber or drain cleaner will do more than just the simple DIY plunger method to clear clogged drains. Professionals such as our Drain and Sewer team have years of knowledge and specialized equipment to quickly and efficiently get the job done. There isn’t a clogged drain or backed up sewer our team hasn’t come across and fixed.
Fall is drain cleaning season. Now is one of the best times to have your drain cleaned and cleared by a professional.
As a bonus, a Drain and Sewer team like ours can inspect your main sewer drain to discover if there are any cracks or collapses within the line.
So, when should you get your drains cleared? Annually!
At least two times a year is what our plumbers recommend. Drain cleanings will assure minimal backups throughout the year and help prevent costly plumbing repairs.
Add proper drain cleaning to your fall maintenance checklist and give our Drain and Sewer team a call today!