Have you recently noticed that water goes down your drains slower? Perhaps you have also experienced one or more clogged toilets. You may have remedied these yourself using standard household plumbing equipment such as plungers or augers. However, it is possible that you have an issue in your drain lines, which means that at some point your do-it-yourself approaches may no longer work. The following are a few culprits that can necessitate drain and sewer cleaning.
Many families do not realize that their everyday habits are not good. The toilet is one plumbing fixture area that some people abuse. They assume that if an item flushes away, it is gone and forgotten. However, certain items and substances can get stuck in drain lines and over time cause significant clogs. Examples of things that people assume are safe to flush are dead goldfish, cotton swabs, baby wipes, paper towels, and feminine hygiene items.
You should avoid allowing grease and solid food go down your kitchen drains. However, some people think that they can put anything in their garbage disposals. This can lead to them putting fatty foods in the receptacles. These items can solidify in drains and cause clogs. Hot water will not force this congealed mess away. It is also important to remember that non-food items such as dishcloths should never be allowed to enter your garbage disposal. The device cannot properly grind the inorganic materials.
Shower and Sink Drains
Install drain covers to prevent hair from going down your bathroom drains. If you notice hair trapped in your drains, remove it rather than trying to force it down the drain. This is because hairballs can form in drain lines and trap other debris. Individuals with hard water flowing in their homes may also experience clogs from mineral buildup in their drain lines. Installing a water softener can prevent this type of clog.
If you are using good habits in your household and are not letting the wrong things enter your drains, you may have tree roots growing in your drain lines. The roots invade drain lines because they naturally seek out the moisture that is in the lines. Observe your property for nearby trees and bushes. You can request an inspection, which will reveal if roots are the culprit. Modern technology allows plumbers to use non-invasive techniques to inspect the underground. Therefore, do not worry about your yard getting dug up to assess the problem. If tree roots are the problem, it is a good idea to have the trees removed after the plumbing repairs occur.
To learn about professional drain cleaning services, contact a company like Walters Environmental Services.
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