Most homeowners employ the service of a professional plumber for drain cleaning when it is already too late. But, what about routine drain maintenance? Drain cleaning for pipes that are not clogged?
Is there any viable reason to invest in routine appointments with a professional who can inspect and clean your drains? Even at times when you thought you didn't need to?
In simple words, YES! And for more reasons than you can imagine.
Keep reading to find out exactly why you should invest in drain cleaning as a part of your spring cleaning routine.
Drain Cleaning Is Not Drain Saving
To most, regular drain cleaning seems to be more of a hassle than anything else. But because the problem is not felt, seen or has a direct effect on your daily activities. It doesn't mean it's not there.
As you continue to use your home's plumbing systems, various buildups of debris are bound to gather and grow. This problem rings true to all the drains in your home: in your kitchen, in your bathtub, in your basement.
Most of these drains are susceptible to some sort of grease, hair follicles and whatever else that can find itself down in the system. As your drains become dirtier, their functionality is reduced, and severe clogging is a possible endpoint.
Regular drain cleaning services assist you in problem-prevention, not problem-solving.
Spring Cleaning Is Great, but Let a Specialist Do It
You are bound to begin your spring cleaning activities soon. It's always refreshing to welcome a new season with a clean and functional home.
However, there are a couple of things to keep in mind before you start your DIY routine drain cleaning. It's assumed that most people will use household cleaning products and generic cleaning agents to clean their drains.
This usually shows effectiveness on the outside, but the negative consequences are often unseen. In most cases, these chemicals are corrosive to the plumbing system, slowly disintegrating their integrity over time.
Not to mention, that these chemicals have a negative impact on the environment via direct flow into the sewer systems and septic tanks.
Professional drain cleaning providers will help your drains remain clog-free. All without causing any harm to the plumbing system and without poor environmental effects.
Plumbing System Life Extension via Regular Drain Cleaning
Regular drain cleaning is a sure-proof way to extend the longevity of your plumbing system in its entirety. Fixtures, drains, pipes, so on.
Taking good care of your home plumbing system serves the purpose of helping it function properly for as long as possible. By doing so, you reduce all your expenses and keep them to a minimum.
You know that a drain with a clog is not just an inconvenience. An intense clog spreads fumes, is a health hazard, expensive to treat and sometimes leaves your entire bathroom floor, covered in fecal matter.
A large clog is bound to create a backup, which will make you susceptible to expensive changes to your budget. Furniture replacements, flooring repairs, personal item loss.
Not only do these clogs have an effect on your home, but they also strain the municipal plumbing systems. Preventing the regular function of waterways, having a direct effect on the plants, fish, and wildlife.
Spring is the season for reliving and rebirthing of your home, why not do the same for your drains?
Oddly enough, regular drain cleaning can come with many funny side-effects. In our experience, it is not uncommon to find people who have tree roots growing in their drain line, small ferals stuck in their pipes or other items that they never thought were lost.
Having a professional come over for inspection can help you resolve a problem before it becomes a serious issue.
Here are some plumbing horror stories for some drain cleaning inspiration.
Drain Cleaning Professional Recommendations
Use these tips to help you prevent overburdening visits of regular drain cleaning.
Prevention via Self-Control
For example, we know that hair and soap scum is probably hard to reduce due to their regular use. However, other waste products you can control.
Never pour solvents, medications, paint or toxic chemicals down your drain. Corrosion, long-lasting fumes and environmental damage is possible.
Never flush wet wipes, paper towels and cotton balls down your drain. These items are not made to break down, they simply grow like a snowball.
Never pour oil, grease or cooking fat into your pipes, as they solidify over temperature changes and cause tough clogs.
Instead of disposing of these items in the "conventional" manner, contact your local waste company and ask them about disposal options.
Weekly Care Tips
You should consider cleaning your drain covers and stoppers on a weekly basis. By doing so, you prevent debris buildup and guarantee less blockage.
Remove the stopper/cover, use a bent wire to pull out any hair or gunk, which you are able to reach. Place debris in the trash and you are set.
Monthly Care Tips
Consult with a local plumber, and purchase a non-corrosive, biodegradable drain cleaning agent. Keep your drains maintained and prevent issues by using professional cleaning products.
Clean the garbage disposal system, as well. Disable it, remove grease from blades using a mixture of ice, mixed with salt. Let it grind and flush with cold water. Then you can grind some lemons or spices for a refreshing smell.
Spring Cleaning Check-Ups
Even with the recommended upkeep listed above - fixtures will leak, drains will clog, pipes will break.
An annual drain cleaning checkup with a professional can help prevent expensive drainage problems. There are various services to choose from:
- Faucet leak checks
- Sewer cleaning
- Plumbing repairs
- Drain line replacement
- Hydro-jetting service
Looking for somebody to help you with spring-cleaning drain maintenance, check if you are covered by our Mississippi and Tennesse service areas.
Drain Cleaning for Your Convenience
It's important to have regular drain cleaning. It can become part of your spring cleaning routine and you can do some things on your own to minimize large problems.
Get to sweating and clean it all on your own, using harmful chemicals and malpractice. Or relax, kick back in a chair and let a professional come and do the job, the way it was meant to be done.
At Broussard Mechanical, we believe that regular drain cleaning should be on everyone’s spring-cleaning list. If you’ve been negligent with upkeep or having some problems, despite regular maintenance, get in touch with us and we will help resolve all of your plumbing issues.