One of the most common plumbing issues homeowners face throughout the lifetime of homeownership is clogged drains and sewer lines. Over time, debris such as hair, soap scum, and food particles can accumulate in your drains, causing clogs and slowing the water flow. Unfortunately, ignoring these warning signs can lead to more significant problems down the road, such as backed-up sewage and water damage.
More often than not, when Dallas homeowners experience clogged drainage, they attempt to fix it themselves rather than call a plumber immediately. Sometimes homeowners can successfully clear a clog with a plunger or drain snake. But, if these methods fail, most of us will turn to Drano and other name-brand drain cleaners.
It’s important to remember that these “liquid plumbers” can be incredibly corrosive, and while they often do the job, they can also cause extreme damage to your home’s pipes. Causing excessive damage can set you back thousands in unnecessary repair costs that could’ve been easily avoided with a call to a professional.
Here are a few reasons why regular drain cleaning is necessary:
It prevents clogs:
Regular drain cleaning can prevent clogs from forming in the first place. Removing debris and buildup from your drains allows you to keep water flowing freely and avoid the hassle of a clogged drain.
It improves water flow:
Even if you don’t have a clog, buildup in your pipes can slow down the water flow. Cleaning your drains regularly ensures water flows smoothly and efficiently through your plumbing system.
It reduces odors:
Buildup in your drains can create unpleasant odors that can permeate your home. Regular drain cleaning can eliminate these odors, leaving your home smelling fresh and clean.
It extends the life of your plumbing:
Neglecting your drains can lead to bigger problems down the road, such as leaks and water damage. Regular drain cleaning can help prevent these problems and extend the life of your plumbing system.
What happens during a Drain Cleaning?
A professional plumber will first assess the situation by inspecting your pipes and drains to determine the extent of the buildup and any potential issues.
Before starting the cleaning process, the plumber will typically protect the surrounding area with drop cloths or plastic sheeting to prevent any damage to your home.
There are several methods for cleaning drains, including snaking, hydro jetting, and chemical cleaners. The technique used will depend on the severity of the clog and the type of pipes in your home.
After cleaning, the plumber will inspect the pipes again to ensure that all debris and buildup have been removed and that the drains are flowing properly.
To prevent future clogs and buildup, a plumber may recommend regular drain cleaning and maintenance, such as using drain screens to catch debris and avoiding pouring grease and oil down the drain.
Total Plumbing uses sewer cameras to give our qualified technicians up close look at the condition of your sewer system and what’s causing those clogged drains. If a problem is detected, we can locate the camera head’s exact position to identify the problem’s precise location and depth of the problem.
Total Plumbing has you covered if you have a clogged drain or any other plumbing problem, big or small. Call us today with any questions or to schedule an appointment.