Regular maintenance on your drains goes a long way when you are trying to avoid problems in your system. Pouring boiling hot water down the drain once per week will help to break up any errant grease that may have clung on. You should also install strainers and traps wherever possible to avoid the impact of things like hair or soap scum building up in the drain.
Clear out your traps regularly as well. You can use an auger if necessary to avoid any buildup in the actual drain. If you notice any foul smells escaping your drains, it is likely due to a dried trap. If you use the fixture regularly, call a professional to have the trap and the drain attached to it checked and make sure nothing is flowing backward in your system..
The vents on your roof may also be a problem as air is required to push the water through the drains. If the air vents get clogged, sewer gasses can back up into your system and cause noxious fumes or smells to form.
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.