by Duane Blanton on October 28, 2016

Don’t Forget Drain Cleaning Season this Fall

clean-sink-drainAs you make your list of fall home preparation chores, don’t forget to include drain cleaning. This may seem like an unimportant task, but it is vital for ensuring your drains are working reliably throughout the holidays.

Imagine that you are entertaining guests this holiday season and your sink overflows because the drain is clogged. Calling a plumber at this moment would be inconvenient and frustrating.

Get your drain cleaning done before the hustle and bustle of the holidays and make sure your home is protected from dirty and clogged drains.

What Causes Clogged Drains?

There are numerous factors that contribute to a clogged drain. However, the most common culprits are things like hair, food, grease, skin flakes and oil that gets washed down the sink or tub. Although you may not intentionally rinse these materials down the drain, they can still accidentally get there and cause a clog.

Other contributing factors are naturally occurring minerals such as magnesium or calcium that precipitate out of the water and form a scale inside the pipe. As they collect in the drain, they stick to the pipe walls and harden, often becoming extremely difficult to remove.

How to Deal with a Clog

drain-cleaning-2Many homeowners think that the best way to deal with a drain clog is with a chemical drain cleaner. This is definitely not the case. Chemical drain cleaners may be cheap and effective but the damage they cause is extensive.

Harsh chemicals found in these cleaners will eat away at the clog and dissolve it, but it will also corrode the inside of your pipe causing massive damage that could lead to a burst pipe.

The best way to deal with a clog on your own is to plunge it with your plunger. The suction will gently dislodge the clog and remove it without damaging the pipe. If you try plunging the clog and it doesn’t work, chances are, the problem is more complicated and a professional opinion is required.

What is the Best Way to Perform Drain Cleaning?

We recommend cleaning your drains on an annual basis to keep them sparkly clean and working efficiently. The best way to accomplish this is with high-pressure water jets. The water will remove all clogs while also smoothing the surface of your pipe, preventing future clogs from forming.

For inexperienced homeowners, this task is best left to a professional since using water pressure that is too high could damage the pipe or cause it to move and shift.

Call Duane Blanton Plumbing Sewer & Drainage today to find out more about drain cleaning season. Call (847) 855-0000 for fast and comprehensive service in Round Lake, IL, and the surrounding area.

 

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