Drain Cleaning Services Are An Important Part Of Home Maintenance
Drain cleaning services are often needed when your home is experiencing clogged drains. In fact, one of the most common calls homeowners make to Kansas City plumbers is for clogged drain issues. Properly functioning drains are necessary for everyday home comfort and convenience. After all, they carry away the dirty water from toilets, sinks, bathtubs and washing machines.
Realistically, most of us tend to take our home’s drains for granted. We just assume that everything is working as it should – that is until it a problem develops. Unfortunately, drains can become clogged; then everything we do on a daily basis, such as cooking, bathing, and laundering our clothes, comes to an abrupt halt. The worst part of a clogged drain is that it can lead to much bigger problems, such as water damage, and can result in extensive repairs.
Indications that you may need professional drain cleaning services are any or all of the following issues in your home:
Clogged Toilets – A toilet that isn’t flushing properly is often the first sign that something is wrong. When using a plunger doesn’t resolve the problem, it’s time to call your local Kansas City plumber for professional drain cleaning services.
Clogged Sinks – Sink drains can get clogged with hair, food, dirt, and grease – even small toys or items that accidentally fall into the sink. The build-up of matter in the drains worsens over time, then often backs up into the basement floor drain. Reliable, licensed drain cleaning services can quickly and efficiently provide a solution. In addition, future problems can be prevented.
Clogged Garbage Disposal – Be careful about what you put down the disposal. For example, DO NOT put the following types of kitchen waste down the disposal:
- Pasta or rice
- Coffee grounds
- Seeds or pits from fruit
- Vegetable peelings
Backed Up Sewer or Septic Lines – Sewer and septic systems can back up for a variety of reasons, including age, bellies, joint separation, roots, and improper use. If water/sewage is backing up in the basement or the lowest drain in the house any time you flush the toilet or run multiple drains, you likely have a clogged mainline. Mainline stoppages tend to get worse with time, causing the entire home’s drainage system to run slowly or back up completely. If your main line backs up, discontinue use and call a local drain cleaning plumbing right away. Continued use could result in sewage flooding the basement and property damage.
Prevent Clogged Drains – Adopting new habits in the way we use the drains in our homes may not seem important. However, it is often the small things that over time lead to larger issues. Taking steps to prevent the problem in the first place just makes the most sense. Here are a few tips to help you prevent clogged drains:
Tip 1: Use standard 2-ply toilet tissue, rather than expensive “soft” or “strong” varieties. Thick, luxury tissues do not break down as quickly as their cheaper counterparts.
Tip 2: Avoid using more toilet tissue than is necessary. Teaching children to limit the amount of tissue they flush can save you money in the long run.
Tip 3: Do not flush wipes or feminine hygiene products, EVEN IF THEY SAY FLUSHABLE. Technically, a product is flushable if it will pass through the toilet system; however, that does not mean it will break down in the main sewer line the way a standard tissue does. It is a common occurrence for technicians to remove “flushable” products from sewer lines that never degraded.
Tip 4: Disposals should be used to dispose of small particles and sauces left on dishes only after the plate has been properly scraped over the waste container. Food matter and grease are both common substances to be put down disposals, but neither should be. Grease, for instance, congeals as it cools, which causes stoppages, even if it cleared the disposal itself. Likewise, noodles and pasta can swell in drains, even after they are cooked. Finally, many foods that are recommended by housekeeping ads to clean or deodorize the disposal can actually damage blades and cause stoppages, such as lemon halves or rinds.
Regular drain cleaning and occasional plumbing inspections can prevent clogged drains and slow the progression of damage in already-compromised sewer lines. Drain cleaning maintenance is generally recommended on a recurring annual basis for drains that have root infiltration at the joints. Where some companies will automatically tell a customer to replace the entire sewer line, our technicians will provide options that fit each individual situation. Some sewers do need to be replaced, but others can last for years with regular drain cleaning maintenance.
If you are curious about the condition of your main sewer line, have encountered ongoing drainage issues, or have a pending property sale/purchase, a sewer line inspection by our trained technicians can provide you with the information you need to make solid decisions moving forward. A sewer line inspection uses a high-tech camera lens, which transmits the image through the cable to the screen. Our trained technicians can explain the video images to you, so you understand the condition of the drain line and if you have any areas of concern. Likewise, he can also write an inspection report indicating that the line is in great condition. When it comes to sewer line condition, information is invaluable, especially when purchasing a home!
Do You Need Drain Cleaning Services?
Are recurring clogged drains in your home interfering with your day? It’s time to call All-n-One Plumbing at (816) 886-7600 for reliable drain cleaning services.
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