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Drain Cleaning Basics

drain cleaning basics

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Having a clogged or backed up drain can be extremely annoying, and can often come at the most inconvenient time. To avoid having to deal with a clogged drain disaster somewhere further down the line it’s important to learn some drain cleaning basics so you know how to keep them healthy. It is quite a well-known fact that because your home plumbing system is so intricate, drain cleaning often requires professional services. There are many different ways that a plumber can clean your drains and it is important to identify how often this needs to be done so you can make sure you will have clog-free drains.

At Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning, our plumbing professionals recommend having your drains cleaned every so often to avoid major build-ups in your pipes that can eventually result in a clogged drain.

What Are The Benefits Of Regular Drain Cleaning?

Having your drains cleaned is probably not something you have given much thought to, especially if you haven’t been experiencing any problems with them. We all have very busy schedules so finding the time to clean your drains on a regular basis is quite a big ask. However, if you stop to think about how often we let food scraps, hair, toothpaste, or any other unwanted debris, go down our drains then you soon realize how quickly these can build-up and cause a blockage in your pipes. Cleaning your drains on a more regular basis can stop this build-up and help prevent further damage to your home plumbing system.

There are a few home remedies you can use to clean your drains yourself but more often than not these require a lot more effort and discipline to keep your drains as healthy as they would be if you got a professional to do it instead. Plus, you run the risk of doing serious damage to your pipes and causing more expense than necessary. Your best bet is to call the professionals!

Home Cleaning Solutions

There are a few household items that you can use to clean your drains that won’t cause harm to your pipes. Some of these items include baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice. The combination of the acidic juices mixed with the powdered baking soda forms a foaming action that cleans out the drain. The scent of the lemon juice counteracts the smell of the vinegar, leaving a fresh citrus smell coming from your drains. This method is best used on less urgent clogs, as it wont be tough enough to get rid of stubborn blockages.

Chemical Solutions

Chemical drain cleaners are often a lot of peoples first go-to when they have a clogged drain. They’re easy to find at your local supermarket and so most people think this is the quickest and easiest solution. These chemical drain cleaners should NOT be used to clean your drains on a regular basis as they can cause severe long-term damage to your pipes, resulting in bigger problems for your home plumbing system further down the line. Some of these chemical drain cleaners also contain sulfuric acid which can be extremely harmful if it comes in contact with human skin or is inhaled.

Biodegradable Cleaner

Biodegradable drain cleaners are more strongly recommended by plumbing professionals as they don’t cause harm to your pipes like the chemical drain cleaners do. The materials in the cleaner include bacteria that eat away the unwanted debris that might be stuck in your pipes instead of harshly dissolving it. Our recommended product is Bio-Clean, which contains 100% natural materials, is environmentally friendly, cost-effective, and is guaranteed to get the job done.

Some Tips to Prevent Clogged Drains

The best tip to prevent having a clogged drain is to educate yourself on what the top causes of clogged drains are. The main areas of your home that you should be concerned about having a clogged drain is your bathroom and kitchen. These areas are likely to have a drain clog due to a build-up of greasy food scraps, hair, and other unwanted materials coming from your kitchen and bathroom.

It is always a good idea to make sure you throw potential drain-clogging foods into your trash can instead of letting them go down your drain. If you do throw certain food items down your garbage disposal, always make sure to run the water at the same time as turning the garbage disposal on – this helps dissolve the food as it makes its way down your pipes.

If you’re interested in having a professional come and clean your drains, or want to learn more about how you can make sure you are keeping your drains clean and healthy, give one of our plumbing professionals at Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning a call and request a service today. 


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