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Is It Time for a Thorough Drain Cleaning?

Tapwater flowing into a kitchen sink and down the plughole.Of all the various components in your home that make your life convenient, one of the most important is the drain and sewer system—yet not many people think about this aspect of their home, until something goes wrong.

The fact is, if your drain system hasn’t been properly maintained by a professional Ogden, UT plumber, then you could find yourself facing serious problems for the entire plumbing system. But there’s good news—taking care of your plumbing system is actually pretty easy. All you need to do is schedule routine professional drain cleaning services, and avoid putting anything down the drain that could easily clog it up.

Unsure if you’re really in need of a thorough drain cleaning? Read on to discover a couple signs that it is time for you to schedule this service.

Slow Drains

Drain clogs are probably the single biggest problem that you’ll likely deal with in regards to your drain and sewer system. They typically build up slowly, as waste collects on the drain pipe walls. As the clog grows more and more toward the center of the pipe, it will restrict the flow of water even more.

If you notice that one of your drains is moving more slowly than it usually does, then it likely means a clog is forming in the pipe. If this is the case, scheduling drain cleaning services sooner rather than later is in your best interest.

Foul Odors

This symptom is, unsurprisingly, more common with kitchen drains, since they have to deal with food waste. However, other drains can have this symptom too, and if a bad smell is coming out of one of your drains, it could be due to a bad buildup of waste within the pipe.

It’s also important to note that foul odors coming out of multiple drains may indicate that you have an issue deeper in your sewer system. Drain cleaning might not be able to deal with that type of issue, and you may need sewer line repairs—something we can help you with!

Schedule Annual Plumbing Maintenance

Even if you don’t see any warning signs right now, that your drains are in need of cleaning, it’s still a wise idea to schedule professional drain cleaning once a year, as we mentioned above. Since drain clogs tend to develop slowly over time, preventive drain cleaning will often clean out waste buildup that would eventually have caused substantial issues.

Why You Should Avoid Liquid Drain Cleaners

“What’s all this talk about professional drain cleaning?” you may be wondering, “Can’t I just use the jug of liquid chemical drain cleaner I can find at the store?”

Well sure, you could, but you’d be doing more harm than good to your pipes. The problem is, the chemicals in these liquid drain cleaners are extremely caustic and toxic. They’ll not only eat through the clog in question (without fully removing it, by the way) but over prolonged use they will also eat at and start corroding your drain pipes. Professional drain cleaning methods are much less harmful!

Contact your HVAC and plumbing experts at Rentmeister Total Home Service today!

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