Why Drain Cleaning is Important

May 25, 2016

It’s that time of year when homeowners in Raleigh have been organizing their closets, mopping the floors, and giving the home an intense scrub. But what about your drains? You can’t forget to clean out your drains!

You may have a store-bought drain cleaning product for when the bathtub is backing up or the kitchen sink won’t drain, but slapping a band-aid on the situation often won’t make it disappear. Plumbing troubles that appear minor usually end up being major problems if they aren’t resolved properly. Even if you think it’s just a slow drain, it’s recommended that you have thorough drain cleaning to make sure it doesn’t cause damage to the entire system and result in a giant (and expensive) problem. Remember, no plumbing situation is ever too small to have a drain cleaning.

There are multiple reasons why tub, sink, and toilet drains can end up clogged. For kitchen drains, the typical reasons are going to be pieces of food and oils. Make sure you run your garbage disposal and avoid putting things like oils, vegetable peels, and rice down the drain because they will all wreak havoc on your pipes and other plumbing components. For bathtubs, showers, and bathroom sinks, the most common reasons for drain clogs will be hair that has fallen out, soap scum, and foreign objects. (Is your kid missing some action figures or have you noticed that you are missing a necklace?) A seasonal drain cleaning by a local Raleigh expert will help keep these little issues from building up and resulting in a huge plumbing problem.

Your toilet can also get clogged by the usual issue of using an excessive amount of toilet paper, but also from depositing things like paper towels, diapers, cotton balls, or flushable wipes into the septic system.

If the pipes become clogged, by food, kitty litter, or anything else, it will most likely also affect the water pressure balance of your entire plumbing system. If you don’t resolve these issues immediately by calling for an expert in drain cleaning, it may result in cracked pipes. Or worse, your pipes could fully burst leaving you without running water in your home.

Also, what flows down can sometimes come up. Regrettably, you probably know this already with previous episodes with a clogged toilet, but the same thing can happen in your home’s sinks. Have you ever been cleaning dishes after dinner and noticed the water wasn’t draining and that vegetable you rinsed down there a couple minutes ago is now swimming around? A routine drain cleaning, or an emergency drain cleaning when you first realize the clog, can avoid these issues altogether and prevent your drains from getting clogged and causing foul smells to back up into your home along with the water.

For expert drain cleaning in Raleigh, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available 24/7/365 for all your plumbing needs, so if you have an urgent problem at 9 p.m. or it’s just been awhile since your last drain cleaning, we are happy to help.

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