Free-flowing and clean drains ensure that the plumbing system in your Waynesburg home is able to function without issue. With regular drain cleaning, you can reduce the risk of clogs which can lead to slow drainage, bad odors and possible water damage. The key is to clean the drains properly, so it is best to enlist the help of a professional plumber to do this job for you.
What You Can Do
While you want to leave the actual cleaning process for the professionals, there are some habits you can develop in your home to keep your drains cleaner. About once a week, allow hot water to flow down the drains. You should let the water flow for several minutes for the best results. This will help to break down the soap scum and grease that can build up and result in pipe clogs. Do not use any chemicals. Simply use plain hot water for this task.
You can talk to a professional about installing drain strainers in all of the drains in your home. These help to catch many clog-causing materials, such as soap residue, food particles, hair and other types of debris. Make sure to keep the strainers clean so that the water can freely flow through them.
Be aware of what you allow to get into your drains. Never allow the oil and grease from cooking to go down the drain. These can lead to clogs once they cool and solidify. Before putting a dish in the sink that has oil or grease, let it solidify and remove it before you start the washing process. You also want to remove any food scraps before putting plates or cookware into your sink. Larger food particles can build up inside your drains over time and cause a blockage.
You also have to be careful about what goes into your toilet. Flushing the wrong items down the toilet is one of the most common causes of clogs in your home’s sewer lines. You want to avoid anything besides toilet paper in your toilet. Never flush items like cotton feminine hygiene products, wipes and cotton balls.
Professional Drain Cleaning
You should call in a professional about once a year to come in and properly clean your home’s drains. They will start by assessing your system to see if there are any blockages present that require special attention. In most cases, this involves the use of a camera that allows them to see into your pipes with ease.
The first step is addressing blockages, and they tackle these using a plumbing auger or snake. This makes it possible to physically remove the obstruction. In some cases, high-pressure water jetting is necessary to remove particularly stubborn blockages. They can also use this water jetting for general cleaning. Even when there are no blockages, there is likely at least some accumulation of mineral deposits, grease, soap scum, hair and other debris. The water will force it through your system for cleaning pipe walls.
If your sewer lines have any blockages due to tree root invasion, they will take care of these too. This generally involves the use of rooter machines that are able to cut up tree roots and remove them from your sewer system.
While cleaning your drains, the professional might notice deteriorating or damaged pipes. They will let you know what your options are regarding fixing or replacing them. Since pipe deterioration and damage can lead to significant issues if you do not address them promptly, do not hesitate to schedule your repair or replacement.
Once they finish the cleaning process, they will let you know what you can do to help keep your drains cleaner until your next appointment. They will also let you know what they did so that you are aware of things like clogs and debris accumulation.
Plumbing Experts in Waynesburg
Clean drains are vital because they reduce the risk of serious problems, such as backups and clogs in your Waynesburg home’s drain system. Our team knows how to tackle drain cleaning so that you do not have to worry about unexpected issues. Once we get your home’s drains in order, let us know if you need any other plumbing help or assistance with your electrical system.
Call Beck Electric, Generators & Plumbing in Waynesburg today to get help with cleaning the drains in your home.