If you’ve noticed that your sinks, tubs or showers drains are draining slow or they have stopped entirely, it’s a problem. This is typically caused by a clog in the drain, which has grown larger, and now it’s blocking the drain line. In certain cases, this can indicate a more serious problem that’s harder to diagnose if you are not a professional plumber. If the cause of the slow drain is a minor clog, you may be able to remove it with a cup plunger, a baking soda/vinegar mix and/or a jug of warm (not hot) water. In this article, we will assume that you’ve attempted these fixes and that you are considering a professional drain cleaning service.
1. Remove and Reduce the Clogging
As you should expect, your local plumber can locate and remove the clog for you. But, it’s interesting to note that a professional drain cleaning service can reduce the chance of a clog returning. A plumber has access to tools that most people don’t have in their toolbox and they know how to use them.
2. Eliminate Bad Smells
When a drain is clogged, it often has a bad odor caused by the buildup of bacteria and waste. This bad smell is not something most people want to experience when they take a shower or use their kitchen sink. The smell will gradually affect the entire home and masking the odor with air fresheners will not help much. It’s a better idea to tackle to the source of the problem and your local plumber can clean and sanitize the drain for you. Your home will smell normal again and you can use your plumbing fixtures without holding your nose.
3. Extra Protect Against Water Damage
When the toilets, sinks, and other drains in your home are clogged, there is an increased risk of backflow. The water cannot drain away, but it needs to go somewhere and that may be back into your home. Aside from the obvious mess that this creates, there are two other serious issues to consider. First, this wastewater is unsanitary and it the affected areas must be cleaned and disinfected to prevent health problems. Second, water damage caused by localized flooding can be extensive and it’s expensive to fix.
4. Saving Money
Many people avoid professional drain cleaning services in an attempt to “save money”. But, this is a false economy because regular cleaning can prevent more serious problems that will cost more to fix later. Another flawed strategy is to hire a handyman to clean the drains, but they can cause further damage leading to an expensive repair bill. Always hire a professional plumber to inspect, clean, maintain and repair your plumbing system, it always save you money in the long run.
5. Improving the Health of Your Plumbing System
The waste lurking in your pipes will contain bacteria that multiply over time. We’ve already covered the foul odors that you may experience, but these microbes will degrade the health of your plumbing system before that occurs. There are significant health risks associated with exposure to harmful microorganisms and removing them is advisable.
Contact your local professional plumber and schedule a drain cleaning service today.