How To Know if You Need Drain Cleaning
Most Lucas homeowners schedule a drain cleaning every two years to keep everything running smoothly. Drain maintenance is just smart.
When your drain is clogged, don’t wait. You should try to unclog it using safe DIY methods. Don’t dump toxic chemicals down the sink or toilet. They are bad for your family, the environment, and sometimes make matters worse.
Signs you have a drain clog include:
- Frequent clogs
- Slow-moving drains
- Water backups
- Yard puddles
Your plunger is a handy tool, and every bathroom and kitchen should have a “plumber’s helper” under the sink. If the plunger doesn’t help, try:
- Baking soda/vinegar: The easy, clean, eco-friendly way to dissolve a clog:
- Dip standing water out of the sink.
- Pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain.
- Pour 1 cup of white vinegar down the drain.
- Seal the opening with a cover/stopper.
- Wait 15 minutes.
- Remove the cover.
- Run hot tap water down the drain.
- Boiling water: Boil about half a gallon, then slowly (carefully!) pour it down the sink. Do not do this if you have PVC pipes. It can melt them. If you aren’t sure, don’t pour boiling water into the sink.
- Disposal: If your disposal runs properly but you still have standing water, it’s likely not the problem. If the disposal is the cause of the problem, call (972) 833-8660.
- Adds more years to your existing plumbing system
- Eliminates and prevents odors
- Finds leaks before they become a problem
- Hydro jetting works when nothing else does
- Improves indoor air quality by eliminating mold you can’t see
- Lowers health risks from sewage backups
- Maximizes drainage
- Minimizes the risk of property damage
- Prevents clogs
- Special video cameras see problems sooner
Now you understand why clean drains are beneficial to your property and family health. You can keep your drains clean between professional cleaning too:
- Pour 1 cup of vinegar down your drains for a cleaner smell.
- Put baking soda down your drains monthly.
- Rinse your kitchen sink with hot water after cooking.
- Use strainers in all sinks and showers/baths.
- Don’t dump clog-causing foodstuffs into your disposal unit. Did you know produce stickers are one of the causes of drain clogs?
Other cloggers are:
- Bones/seafood shells
- Broken glass/metal
- Chicken skin
- Coffee grounds: Just don’t.
- Eggshells (No, they won’t “sharpen” your blades!)
- Fruit pits (There’s a reason they call them “stone fruit”)
- Greases/fats/oils: Pour them into a container/can and dispose of them after they congeal.
- Pasta/rice/oats: These foods “expand” and cause clogs later rather than sooner.
- Nuts/potato skins/sauerkraut: They form a goo in your plumbing pipes.
- Raw celery/cornhusks/kale/onion skins/spinach
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Everyone was very professional and did their best to accommodate any requests we had. They can in to fix a leaky kitchen sink and ended up helping us with 2 faucets, our tub, and a toilet handle. April and Nick were awesome!Aurora B.