A drain is an essential part of any plumbing system, responsible for carrying away waste water and preventing flooding.
This is why it’s important to be proactive about drain cleaning. A drain that isn’t properly maintained can lead to blockages which may result in bad odors, slow draining, water backup, and even water damage.
How To Keep Your Drains Clear
Drain cleaning can be done manually with special tools, or with chemicals.
Manual drain cleaning is often used for small blockages and can be done with a plunger or a drain snake, while bigger blockages may require additional tools.
What Can I Pour Down My Drain To Clean It?
One of the most common questions plumbers get asked is what homeowners can pour down their drains to clean them.
The truth about chemical drain cleaners is that they typically work better as a preventative measure rather than being a solution for serious clogs. When poured down the drain, these cleaners can interact with other materials to form a clog that is even more difficult to remove.
Chemical cleaners are designed to be tough on grime, but they can also be tough on your pipes. The caustic nature of some chemical cleaners can damage your pipes, making them more susceptible to leaks and breaks.
Therefore, it is always best to err on the side of caution and stick to gentle, non-abrasive cleaners for your drains. A good alternative is regularly flushing your drains with hot water. It’s easy on your pipes and is effective at helping reduce buildup.
Professional Drain Cleaning
Professional drain cleaning services are typically needed when a drain becomes severely clogged and home remedies are not effective.
If you’ve attempted to clear a clog and were unsuccessful, or if you’re experiencing frequent clogs, calling in a professional plumber can be a good idea. A plumbing company will have better tools such as a drain machine and hydro jetter, along with the experience needed to quickly and effectively clear the blockage without damaging your plumbing.
Professional drain cleaning can be performed as preventative maintenance as well, and prevent you from having to deal with drain issues in the future.
How Much For Drain Cleaning?
The cost of professional drain cleaning services will vary depending on the severity of the blockage and the amount of time required to clear it.
Most companies either charge by the hour or offer a flat rate for clearing a specific type of blockage. Look for a reputable company that offers a fair price for their services and guarantees your satisfaction.
How Often Should You Have Your Drains Cleaned?
Depending on the type of drain, frequency of use, and other factors, you may need to clean your drains as often as once per month or as infrequently as once a year. However, in most cases, drain cleaning every three to six months is the sweet spot.
The frequency of cleaning may need to be increased if there are problems with slow drains or clogs due to buildup of grease, hair, and soap. Regular drain cleaning also helps to keep sewer lines clear and can even extend the life of your plumbing fixtures.
Have Questions? Here at Newman’s Plumbing, we’ve performed drain cleanings thousands of times and our experienced technicians can get the job done quickly and efficiently. We offer affordable rates and your satisfaction guaranteed. Call us today at 757-465-0883.