Q. What are some ongoing maintenance tips I can use to prevent my drains from clogging?
A. Here’s a good one: try filling up kitchen sinks and laundry tub lines with hot water and letting it slowly drain out. This will actually let your pipes become full with water instead of just allowing it to hit the bottom of the line. This process will force any clog causing waste out of your main line. However, if you have a clog that just keeps popping up, you may have a serious blockage that hot water isn’t going to touch. In that case, repeated repairs and maintenance techniques quickly begin to lose their cost-effectiveness. Contact Roy’s and we will send one of our highly trained drain cleaning experts to figure out how to clear your pipes once and for all.
Q. What should I be using to regularly treat my drains and decrease my risk of a clog?
A. Well, I can absolutely tell you one thing you shouldn’t be doing! Our drain specialists do not recommend using harsh, acid-based chemical cleaning substances in your lines. These chemical cleansers can ultimately cause more problems than they actually solve in the long run. They may offer a temporary fix, but oftentimes the use of such heavy chemicals can present an entirely different set of problems to be dealt with. Your best bet in terms of decreasing the chances of a clog is to call in our expert drain cleaners to set up a preventative maintenance schedule using state-of-the-art professional drain snakes or water jets.
Q. Why do tree roots repeatedly go after my pipes and what can I do to stop them?
A. Tree roots are voracious creatures that are naturally attracted to water sources wherever they may be. And, unfortunately for many, one of the most consistent, abundant sources of underground water is in those pipes buried under your yard so close to those trees and their roots. So it only makes sense that the two might clash eventually, right? Your sewer line is not only a great source of water, but the waste they carry also possesses certain nutrients that tree roots can thrive on. Tree roots need only the smallest crevice to sneak into your line where they can grow, prosper, and cause unsuspecting homeowners big-time headaches. And once those nasty root masses are established in your pipes, they can quickly become clogged with toilet tissue, grease and other debris flowing through your plumbing to the main sewer. This type of “hybrid clog” is about as bad as we see and usually results in drastically reduced flow, slow moving drains and a total blockage which can cause other drains in your home to backup. Once you know there is tree root problem in your line, (usually signaled by a bad sewer back up) it is very wise to work with professionals to set up a regular preventative maintenance plan. This can be once a year or every 6 months depending on how severe your tree root problem is. Our trained drain cleaning experts will do their best to prevent you from ever having a messy back up again by working to set up these plans with you. Setting up a preventative maintenance plan with our drain cleaning team will save you time, money and prevent those messy, unsanitary sewer backups in the future.
Q. Rid X or Liquid Drano – are these products I should be using in my lines?
A. It is best to not use harsh liquid chemical drain cleaners like Drano in your lines. The truth is, these products are only a temporary fix and if they do not break down the clog they actually get trapped in your line causing acid erosion to the line itself. Use them at your own risk. When in doubt contact Roy’s and one of our drain cleaning experts can help you decide which other options could better serve you.
Drain or sewer clog in your Buffalo home? Then your next step is a no-brainer! Call the draining cleaning experts at Roy’s and get your pipes running like new again today!