A home’s drains are among the many important things that are typically ignored and taken for granted by homeowners. Not that we think you should be offering praises or burnt offerings to your drains. No, we just want to make sure that you’re giving them what they need to keep serving you well. You’ve probably dealt with drain clogs at least a few times throughout your life. If you’re interested in mitigating those issues as much as possible, check out our tips below.
Catching Them Early
As is the case with most things, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It’s a good idea to schedule preventive drain cleaning services at least once every year or two, even if you haven’t noticed anything particularly wrong with your drains. Drain clogs don’t suddenly show up out of nowhere. They form over time as waste sticks to the walls of the pipe and builds towards the center. As such, you might have the beginnings of several clogs in your pipes right now and not even know it. Preventive drain cleaning services will take care of those clogs for you before you even need to worry about them. Still, it is a good idea to keep an eye out for certain signs that you should probably call for drain cleaning services between appointments.
As we’ve already said, drain clogs tend to form slowly over time. As the detritus buildup gets more severe, the flow of water through the drain pipe is restricted. This manifests as the drain draining more slowly than it normally does. If you notice that one of your drains isn’t draining as quickly as it should be, then it’s probably time to have a professional clean it out for you. You don’t want to wait for the clog to complete itself before you have it fixed.
This one is pretty common with kitchen drains, though it can certainly happen to others. As waste, particularly food waste, builds up in the pipes it can start to give off an absolutely hideous smell. If your drain is giving off a smell like an open sewer, or a portal into some hellish dimension housing the Platonic ideal of all stench, then it’s a good idea to call for drain cleaning services.
One note about this particular sign, though, is that you should take extra care if you have horrible smells coming out of multiple drains in your home. If that’s happening, drain cleaning probably isn’t going to fix it for you. That kind of widespread stink is usually indicative of a problem further down in the sewer system, which means you’re going to need more involved plumbing services to resolve it.
Roy’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling provides a full range of drain cleaning services in Buffalo, NY. If you need help restoring your drains to proper function, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our professional plumbers. We’ll make sure your drain and sewer system is running smoothly.