The first drain cleaning knowledge you can have is to prevent major blockages in your drains. Clogs and blockages are the number one reason for major drain sewer line repairs and they are completely avoidable.
To start, do not put anything down the drain that your system is not designed to handle. Remember that while toilet paper actually dissolves in water over time, other types of paper do not. Napkins, sanitary products and paper towels will remain whole in the sewer or drain system and eventually clog your sewer line.
If you have a child, make sure they do not put any small objects in the drain such as toys, food, or clothing. Even when something actually flushes down the drain, there is a possibility it will get stuck between your home and the final sewer outlet.
In the kitchen, avoid putting any grease or other food waste down the drain. Only use the garbage disposal for things that it can safely break up and run the faucet at the same time as you grind the food. This will ensure that it completely breaks down whatever you place inside before it is flushed through. Grease in particular is a major problem in pipes as it coats the lining and other items can stick to it.
To save you time, money and headaches down the road, we collected our favorite tips and tricks for solving common household plumbing problems.
MY KITCHEN SINK IS CLOGGED, CAN I USE DRANO?
Kitchen sinks tend to block due to food or residue that are placed down the drain. Homes with garbage disposals increase the risk of a blocked drains.
Drano is good for most of the PVC pipe, when they are not used often. We recommend that if your kitchen sink is completely blocked, without any signs of the water level dropping, DO NOT to use Drano. In most cases, if Drano is placed within a clogged pipe, the chemicals will burn the seals of your pipe causeing water damages.
WATER RISES IN MY BATHTUB
The most common sign of a clogged main drain or stack will be water rising in the garage drain, basement shower drain or toilet.
In most of the cases, you will start to hear a gurgling sound coming from the drains.
If you notice that when you use the washing machine, the water starts to get in the shower or in the garage drain - This is the first clue that your main drain is blocked. A blocked main drain can cause major damage to your home. We can help you contact us and make an appointment.
MY MAIN DRAIN IS BLOCKED, CAN WE INSPECT THE DRAIN WITH A CAMERA?
When a homeowner noticed a drain is blocked, the first reaction is passing a camera to see what is causing the blockage. Before inspecting your drains, we must first unclogged the drain, to release any water within the pipe, afterwards we pass our vidoe camera to see what may have caused the blockage.
We also offer our video camera inspections for home owers looking to purchase a new home and inspecting the main drain.