Clogged drains can be a nuisance for your household when you’re showering in standing water or smelling odors from drains. Before you try to remove the blockage yourself -- or worse, pour a store-bought solution down the drain -- call the plumbers at Cooper’s Plumbing & Air. For over a decade we’ve been providing fast and quality services to the Tallahassee, FL area.
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Benefits of Regular Drain Cleaning
Having your drains cleaned regularly can have many benefits. In addition to avoiding the risk of having to shower in ankle-high water, take a look at some of the other advantages:
- Clear stubborn clogs.
- Eliminate slow drains.
- Lower the risk of plumbing emergencies by taking care of small blockages regularly.
- Reduce odors from blocked drains.
- Allow plumbers the opportunity to identify other plumbing issues that may be affecting your water use and drainage.
Signs You Need Professional Drain Cleaning Services
When you have a clogged drain, resist the urge to remove the blockage yourself, or use over-the-counter drain cleaner. Instead, when you notice these symptoms, book an appointment for professional drain cleaning services:
- Slow drains: Slow drains can signal various issues, including the start of a clog, pipes that have mineral or grease buildup, or improper grading of your drainage system.
- Recurring clogs: If you have frequent blockages in your pipes, it can mean that you’re not completely removing the entire clog each time you try to clean the drain yourself. If this happens, you need a professional to remove the blockage.
- Multiple drains that are clogged at one time: If you have several drains that are clogged, it can signal a severe blockage in your main line.
- Foul odor: A foul odor coming from your pipes can indicate you have food trapped in the drain, or there’s an issue with your sewer line.
- Flooding: A sewage backup can be one of the worst issues associated with a clogged drain. If you notice flooding in your basement or near a floor drain, it can indicate a clog. This could cause the drain to stop working completely and lead to contaminated water on your floor.
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Simple Ways to Avoid Clogs
The easiest way to deal with clogged drains is to avoid them in the first place! Follow these steps to prevent blockages:
- Don’t put kitchen scraps down the sink. Scrape food into the trash before doing dishes—even if you have a disposal—and never put liquid grease down the drain. Instead, pour it into a sealable container to cool, and then toss it in the garbage.
- Keep hair out of bathroom drains. Place a screen over the drains in your shower and tub to collect the hair before it goes down the drain.
- Only flush sewage and toilet paper. Keep anything but sewage and toilet paper out of toilets. Keeping a trash can near the toilet can help prevent the wrong items from being flushed.
- Schedule regular professional drain cleanings. These can keep your drains clean and clear from any blockages.