A home or business drainage system is essential for disposing water waste. When a drain becomes clogged due to deposit build up or blockages, it is important to have the drainage system cleaned out to prevent pipes from bursting and water from backing up. The Original $49.95 Plumber would like to share why it is important to have your drainage system clean, what causes blockages or clogs, and how you can prevent future drainage problems.
Why Clean Sink, Bathtub, Shower & Floor Drains
When a drainage system is kept cleaned it essentially keeps your drainage system healthy. Too often drains get ignored and over time, drains will accumulate various substances that can block or clog the drains. Even when water can still past through the drain, minor blockages can cause pressure to build up inside the pipe lines. This off balance of pressure is enough to cause pipes to crack or burst. Pipes can burst anywhere in the drainage line which can cause leaking to occur inside or outside of the home. Not only will you need to repair the drainage pipes, but you’ll also have to clean up the water damage. This all can be prevented by maintaining clean drains.
Causes of Clogged & Blocked Drains
Causes vary from the location of each drain. Kitchen drains often accrue grease and food particles that build up and clog drains. Showers or bathtubs will often get hair that flows down the drains and create a blockage. Toilets often get clogged by toilet paper or, believe it or not, toys. So many young toddlers love experimenting on which toy will flush down the toilet. Often the experiment ends in disaster. Other drainage systems inside our homes such as HVAC condensation drains, gutters or roofing drains most often get yard debris caught inside. Occasionally hard water can build up inside the pipes which can lead to algae. This puts a strain on the pipe and causes pressure to build up.
How to Prevent Clogged Drains
Each drain and its location will require different methods of prevention. However, all drains can benefit from drain screens. Drain screens can prevent most foreign particle from entering into the drain. Hair, large food particles and toys can be caught by the screen and properly disposed of. In kitchen sinks, never pour grease or cooking oil down the sink. The grease can build up inside and over time clog up the kitchen drains. The same can be said about paint. Paint is first a chemical hazard and should never be exposed of in the sink. Additionally, paint can also cause the drain to build up and cause clogs. It is recommended you clean your drains monthly. Clean the drains by using boiling water. If you notice that the water is draining slower pour baking soda down the drain, followed by vinegar. After a few minutes, pour the boiling water down the drain. This method can help for minor clogs.
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If your drains haven’t been professionally cleaned within the past few years, then your drains are due for a deep cleaning. Contact The Original $49.95 Plumber and schedule your drain cleaning to prevent clogs, blockages, and drain damage today.