In a perfect world, drains would stay clean and your plumbing system would always work perfectly. However, we don't live in a perfect world. Sometimes we're lazy and allow small bits of food to enter the kitchen drain. Sometimes we don't wipe away fats, oils and grease before we put dishes in the dishwasher. Fats and grease congeal on the inside of pipes, and the food debris can become lodged in it, leading to nasty clogs, unless you make use of regular plumbing maintenance and drain cleaning services.
There are a few things you can do to keep your drains clean:
1. Always run very hot soapy water down the drain after an oily dishwashing session.
2. Once a week, pour 1/2 cup of bicarbonate of soda into your drain. Chase this with 1/2 a cup of lemon juice or vinegar.
3. Use a plunger to clear minor clogs.
Knowing When You Need Professional Drain Cleaning
For most homeowners, the plumbing system is a matter of out of sight, out of mind. They don't realize that something is wrong until it is too late and they need costly repairs. That is the nature of plumbing problems; they continue to worsen, undetected, building up pressure in the system until a pipe bursts, or until sewage backs up into your home.
Don't wait until it's too late - learn to spot the symptoms of a potentially messy problem now and call for professional drain cleaning while you have time.
5 Signs That You Need Professional Drain Cleaning
#1 - Slow Draining Fixtures
Try clear a slow-moving drain with a plunger or drain snake. If that doesn't work, you could have a major problem, such as mineral buildup in the bathroom or grease in the kitchen.
#2 - Recurring Clogs
Bathroom drains can develop stubborn clogs due to the hair that constantly wash down them. If you clear the clog and it returns again, it is possible you're not removing the entire clog. Call the experts.
#3 - Multiple Drains are Affected
If more than one fixture is affected at the same time, you may well have a clog in your sewer main. This is a nasty problem that requires professional help.
#4 - Foul Odors
If your drains are always emanating a bad odor, it is time to have it checked by the professionals. Rather get an expert opinion. In many cases, a proper drain cleaning will suffice, but if you're not as lucky, you may have to have some pipes replaced before it turns into a bigger issue.
#5 - Flooding
Sewage backups are nasty, especially when they cause water to back up into your basement. Unless it is cleared right away, it could cause the drain to stop working completely, flooding even more contaminated water into your home.
We'd like to encourage all homeowners in Toronto to call for an annual drain cleaning service. After a thorough video sewer inspection, we will use high pressure water jets to blast away any build-up inside of your drain pipes, leaving them squeaky clean - no debris will adhere to them for a long time to come! Call us today to schedule your professional drain cleaning call out!