If you’re a homeowner, you know that there’s no shortage of items to mark off of your home maintenance checklist. You might be wondering if drain cleaning is one of those items that really needs to be there. After all, if nothing appears to be wrong with your drains, why invest in cleaning them?
When it comes to plumbing, it’s always important to remember that trouble could be lurking below the surface, where you can’t see it. That’s where drain cleaning comes into play.
Below, we’ll describe:
Three major problems that drain cleaning helps prevent
Places you didn’t know you could get drain clogs
Our winning combination of drain cleaning methods
Three Major Problems that Drain Cleaning Helps Prevent
Drain cleaning is considered preventative maintenance that’s vital for the health of your home’s plumbing system. There are two major reasons that homeowners should consider getting it done.
The longer drain pipes go without a thorough cleaning, the more they accumulate potential clog-causers, such as grease, food remnants, sediment, hair, skin, soap scum, and tree roots. This material starts to build up along drain pipe walls, reducing water flow or eventually causing a complete blockage.
2. Unsanitary Living Conditions
Not only are clogs inconvenient and bad for your plumbing system, but they can also reduce your home’s hygiene. Clogged drains promote foul odors and bacteria growth, which then attracts houseflies, particularly to kitchens.
The worst case scenario is when a clog occurs in your sewer line, causing raw sewage to back up into your home. Sewage water contains a multitude of germs, bacteria, and viruses that can contaminate your home and make you very ill. Flooring and insulation that has soaked up sewage water will need to be replaced. Whatever else that cannot be deep cleaned or properly sanitized will need to be disposed of.
3. Damage Caused By Clogs and Slow Drains
When pipes are filled with buildup, this allows standing water to remain in them, rather than traveling through them. Stagnant water slowly erodes and damages plumbing pipes and fixtures, which can cause result in leaks. What’s worse is that these leaks may occur behind walls or in other places that cannot be detected with the naked eye--until water damage finally becomes visible.
Places You Didn’t Know You Could Get Drain Clogs
When it comes to drains, people usually think of their shower, toilet, or sinks. In actuality, there is a lot more to your home’s drainage and plumbing system than what first comes to mind.
Full-service drain cleaning solutions involve servicing a home’s following areas to prevent clogs:
Washing Machine Lines
All of these areas are susceptible to clogs if not properly cleaned and maintained.
Our Winning Combination of Drain Cleaning Methods
To clean drains thoroughly, our experts use different methods depending on the area of the plumbing system we’re servicing.
Hydrojetting: As its name implies, this method involves pushing high-powered streams of water through plumbing and sewer systems to clear away years buildup on pipe walls. Because of how powerful this method is, we always perform a camera inspection of the pipes first to determine whether or not they can withstand the water pressure involved.
Eco-Conscious Drain Cleaning Products: These drain cleaners are able to digest food, grease, and hair, but unlike Drano and Liquid Plumber, these products are environmentally friendly. They are also safe for septic tanks.
Root Treatment Product: Tree and other plant roots are often the culprits of sewer pipe issues. This product is applied to the inner walls of sewer pipes and is effective at preventing roots from entering the pipes for up to one year.
If you can’t remember the last time your home had its drains professionally cleaned, now is the time to look into it. At M.A. Williams, we’re available to answer your questions 24/7. Contact us today online or by phone about our reliable drain cleaning services: 804-324-3378.