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Signs You Can Use a Thorough Drain Cleaning

Tapwater flowing into a kitchen sink and down the plughole.Your plumbing system isn’t a part of your home you typically give a lot of thought to, right? This may be the case, but when something goes wrong with that system, you’ll be pretty grateful for a highly trained and experienced professional plumber in Holly Springs, NC to manage the problem for you!

This is especially true when the problem is more than just a simple drippy faucet or even a pinhole leak in a visible pipe. Some problems extend far deeper than that, quite literally, into your drain and sewer system. And if this part of your plumbing isn’t properly cared for, it can cause serious problems for your home.

The good news in all of this is that it actually is pretty easy to keep your drain system in good shape, by scheduling annual drain cleaning services. But, what if you’ve never had this service done? Is there a way to tell if you really need it now? Yes, a number of ways, actually. Read on to learn more!

Slow Drainage

Drain clogs are the single biggest plumbing problem you’re likely to deal with in regards to your drain and sewer system. They often form slowly over time, as waste builds up on the drain pipe walls. This waste can be formed from hair in the case of your bathroom, soap scum, FOG from your kitchen (fats, oils, and grease) and more.

As the clog closes in toward the center of the pipe, it restricts the flow of water. If you realize that one of your drains is letting water through slower than it usually does, then it likely means that a clog is forming in that pipe. You should schedule drain cleaning services right away in this case, before you have a completely inoperable drain.

Foul Odors

This symptom is more likely with kitchen drains, since they have to deal with food waste. Other drains can have this symptom too, though. If a bad odor is coming out of just one of your drains, it may be due to particularly base waste buildup.

You should know, however, that foul odors coming out of multiple drains may be a sign that there’s a problem deeper in your sewer system. Drain cleaning may not be able to deal with that type of issue—you might need sewer line repairs.

Routine Maintenance

Even if you don’t notice any specific signs that your drains are in need of a thorough cleaning or repair, it’s a good idea, as we mentioned above, to schedule professional drain cleaning services annually. Since drain clogs tend to develop slowly, preventive drain cleaning will often clean out waste buildup that would otherwise have causes accumulative problems.

Proper Methods for Drain Cleaning

Throughout reading this blog post, you might have been thinking, “why is this such a big deal? Why do I need professional drain cleaning? Can’t I just use the bottle of liquid drain cleaner I bought from the store?”

Well, you could, but you could actually be doing more harm to your drains as a result. We aren’t saying this to be dramatic—these liquid drain cleaners contain caustic chemicals that not only eat away at whatever is clogging up your pipes, but also the pipes themselves. Plus, they only provide temporary relief. The clog will build back up in just a few months.

Professional drain cleaning methods such as hydro-jetting, effectively remove any obstructions from your pipes and prevent clogs from forming in the future.

At One Call Plumbing, we are “Blending Technology with Traditional Values.” Contact us today!

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