Cleaning your drains is probably not something you do very often. Mostly because it’s not a very fun task to do, or you’re not actually sure how important it is to perform this task. The main reason why cleaning your drains often is so important, is to avoid having a build-up of garbage or food which can cause the drain to become blocked and start to smell. Keeping your drains healthy and clean is vital to not just your home plumbing system but to the noses of everyone in your home too!
So here are some useful plumber recommended tips for how you can help keep your drains clean and prevent them from getting clogged.
There are two main areas of the house that you should be concerned about – the bathroom and the kitchen. These two areas are most likely to have unwanted debris going down the drain which could lead to a blockage.
If you find that you have a clogged drain in your bathroom or kitchen, there are a few things that a plumber can do to clear the blockage.
A plumber will use something called a rooter machine to unblock stubborn drains that may have been blocked due to overgrown tree roots or other unwanted debris. This machine should only be used by a professional to avoid damage to your pipes if it is not used correctly.
This 100% natural product is a plumber’s drain cleaner of choice. It contains food eating bacteria enzymes that will clear the waste that is causing a clog in your drain. This natural product does not contain any of the harsh chemicals such as other store-bought products that can damage your plumbing system over time.
Often a plumber will use a drain plunger and brush. The plunger will pull the water in the drain upward to help loosen the clog, while the unwanted debris sticks to the brush to help remove the clog. If the clog is further down the pipe then the plumber will need to add rods to the plunging device to lengthen it and maneuver its way down the pipes to locate the clog. It is important that this is done by a professional as an inexperienced person can easily cause damage to the intricate plumbing system resulting in more problems such as pipe leaks.
As always prevention is better than cure so there are a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to cleaning your drains.
The best method to keeping your drains clean, however, is to try and avoid putting anything down your pipes that could get stuck or cause a clog. Always make sure you throw away any foods that could get stuck such as coffee grinds, eggshells, or anything greasy – and always make sure you run hot water while you are throwing out other food scraps down the garbage disposal. Also, make sure to avoid throwing drain clogging foods down your pipes.
If you haven’t been regularly cleaning your drains, or if none of these tips have helped you clear your drains of clogs, then give one of our plumbing professionals at Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning a call – 1-888-773-1524 – to request service today. Sometimes pipes can have a blockage further down due to years of grease build-up. This type of problem really calls for a professional and will save you time and long-term damage to your plumbing system.