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Is It Time to Schedule a Drain Cleaning?

plumber-working-with-drain-snakeThe drain and sewer system connected to your home is one of the most important components of your plumbing system. If the drain system isn’t maintained as it should be, it can cause serious problems for the entire plumbing system. Fortunately, it’s actually pretty easy to keep your drain system in good shape.

All it takes is scheduling drain cleaning service on a routine basis—once a year—as a part of your overall plumbing maintenance. Still though, it may end up that you need drain cleaning between maintenance appointments, and therefore it’s important to know the signs you should watch for if this is the case.

Slow Drainage

Drain clogs are pretty much the most common issue you’ll ever deal with when it comes to your plumbing system. It causes slow drainage, water backup, and in severe situations even waste backup. Clogs build up slowly over time, which can make them pretty insidious.

The instinct for most homeowners, when this happens, is to reach for a bottle of store-bought drain cleaning liquid to eat through the clog. The problem with this, however, is that these solutions are temporary at best. And the chemicals within them are caustic, which means that not only will they eat through the clog but they’ll eat through your pipes too, eventually.

Be sure to schedule professional drain cleaning services before a clog has the opportunity to completely stop up water flow.

Foul Odors

This is a drain symptom that’s more common with kitchen sinks than anything else, as they have to deal with food waste quite a bit. If it’s your kitchen drain is the one affected, we encourage you to try a formula of baking soda and vinegar to clean the drain and eliminate the smell. If this doesn’t do the trick though, there could be something else going on, especially if other drains in your home have bad smells coming from them too.

Bad smells coming from multiple drains could be a sign that you have a problem deep in your sewer system. This could also be a problem with your sewer line that could require repiping, but calling a professional to come in and inspect is the only way to know for sure.

The Importance of Plumbing Maintenance

Even if you don’t notice either of the above-mentioned symptoms, it’s still advisable to schedule professional drain cleaning services at least once a year, as we mentioned above. Since drain clogs do tend to develop slowly, preventive maintenance and drain cleaning rids your system of waste buildup that could eventually cause substantial problems.

Plumbing maintenance can be performed at any time of the year, so please don’t hesitate to give our team a call! If we discover that your drains are in fact being plagued by growing clogs, we’ll try one of a couple of different methods to relieve them.

It may be that we need a simple drain snake, or it could be that a hydro-jet is needed for the job. A hydro-jet utilizes an omnidirectional hose with a powerful sprayer on the end to effectively scour away anything within your pipe walls. It eliminates clogs and makes it less likely for clogs to develop in the future.

To get in touch with a highly trained and experienced plumber in O’Fallon, MO today, contact Performance Plumbing!

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