As a homeowner, you should be aware of the important systems working to keep your home comfortable and safe. One of the most important among these structures is your drain and sewer system, which controls all of the water and waste that enters and exits your property. Over time, your drains and pipes can get dirty. All systems are subject to wear and tear over time, and foreign materials can build up. These problems may not be severe at first and often go unnoticed. If left untreated, however, these small problems can escalate quickly, leading to costly repairs or damage.
In an effort to prevent major issues down the road, you should consider having your drains cleaned. Regular maintenance allows professionals to not only clear small obstructions, but to assess the condition of your pipes as well. After a cleaning and inspection, you will be told if you need any sort of sewer repair or replacement. Jones Services can assist you with drain cleaning, as well as any repairs.
Reasons you May Need Drain Cleaning
There are several signs that your drain and sewer system may give to tell you that something isn’t quite right. If you are experiencing any of the following problems, you may want to have your drains cleaned:
- Slow Drainage-If you notice that your tub or sink is draining slower than normal, it’s possible that your appliances have some build up. Every day, we inadvertently introduce materials into our drains that we shouldn’t, such as grease, hair, and food products. These materials tend to stick to the sides of your drains, even when they’re tiny. Not only can these materials build up due to repeated exposure, but they can trap other objects on their way down.
- No Drainage-If your appliances fail to drain at all, it’s clear that there is an issue. Blockages or clogs need to be addressed as soon as possible. Stagnant water that fails to drain can cause water damage, as well as provide a moist home for mold and bacteria to grow.
- Backups-When your toilet or sink backs up, it’s a telltale sign that there is a blockage somewhere in your system. Drain cleaning can fix this problem as well as prevent further issues in the future.
What you can do on your own
Drain cleaning is a beneficial process for your home. Not only will you have peace of mind knowing that your drains are clean and clear of any buildup or obstruction, but you will be aware of any other issues that may be going on in your system. Along with professional assistance, there are several steps you can take on your own to keep your drains working properly. The most common cause of drain problems is the introduction of foreign materials. Here is a list of things that you should never put down your drains:
- Disposable diapers
- Feminine hygiene products
- Dental floss
- Paper towels
- Cotton balls and swabs
- Cooking fats, oils, and grease
- Coffee grounds
- Egg shells and bones
- Stickers and Band-Aids
- Automotive fluids
Sure, accidents happen. It’s highly likely that you have accidentally introduced one or more of these materials into your drains, or that you simply weren’t aware that they can cause damage. Not even a garbage disposal can break down these items. Certain products or materials may be labeled as safe for drain disposal, but it’s highly likely that is false. Once these materials build up, they can cause clogs and further damage such as sewer repair or replacement. It’s also important to know that you should never put chemicals down your drain with the intention of cleaning or clearing debris or buildup. Drain cleaning should be done by a professional if the problem becomes severe.
How Drain Cleaning can Help You
Once your drains are clean and clear, you will notice the difference immediately. Your living space will be more comfortable and sanitary and your plumbing fixtures will last longer. Your risk of overflowing toilets or clogged sinks will drop, preventing costly repairs in the future. Your utility bills will be lower, and your home will be more efficient. If you want the benefits of drain cleaning in your home, call Jones Services today.