If we had to guess, we would say that it’s unlikely you think about your plumbing drains too often. That’s okay! Most folks don’t think about them at all—that is, until they have a stubborn clog or a smelly sink.
It’s important to keep your drains in great shape. Otherwise, they can cause a number of problems for you. It’s also important to know when it’s time to call for professional drain cleaning, so you can keep your plumbing system as efficient and healthy as possible. Read on as we uncover some of the most common signs that it’s time for you to call for professional plumbing in Glendale, AZ, and invest in drain cleaning services.
It’s rare that a clog will form in one of your drains without warning. Most of the drain clogs we treat have formed over time, as waste such as FOG (fats, oils, and grease) in the kitchen sink or hair and soap scum in the bathroom drains stick to the walls of the pipe and build up. As this buildup increases and worsens, the drain becomes less likely to allow for the free flow of water, and you’ll notice backup as a result.
If you do discover that one of your drains is draining slower than it used to, it’s a good indication that it’s time to call for drain cleaning services.
And no, before you ask, you shouldn’t use that bottle of drain cleaning “solution” you bought at the store for situations “just like this.” These chemical-laden liquid drain cleaners are highly caustic and can do more harm than good. They’re only able to dissolve certain clogs, leaving behind residue that just builds up on other clogs, defeating the purpose of the solution. Plus, the chemicals corrode the pipes they sit in, eventually leading to leaks and subsequent plumbing problems.
This is another common indication that you need professional drain cleaning. If the smells are coming from your kitchen sink drain, then it’s likely a buildup of food and other waste stuck to the inside of the drainpipe. If this is coupled with slow drainage or at least a delay in drainage (you may see water bubble for a moment before it goes down the drain) then it’s likely you have a problem brewing in the drainpipe.
If you’ve recently had your drain cleaned and still smell foul odors, it is possible to treat the odors yourself. Many people use a combo of vinegar and baking soda, or if you have a garbage disposal system, you can cut up some citrus peels and put them down the drain. Be careful not to get excessive here, as then you could end up causing a drain clog.
You Haven’t Had Drain Cleaning Done in a Year
Drain cleaning should be part of your annual preventive plumbing maintenance. Drain cleaning using video camera inspection to find any trouble spots, followed up with a drain snake or hydro-jet, will help keep your drainpipes in good condition. And now is the perfect time to have this service done, right before the holidays when you’re sure to have a lot of cooking byproducts going down your kitchen sink and guests using your bathrooms and showers.