How Often Should Plumbing Drains Be Cleaned?

Drains are a key component of the plumbing system. Clean drains let dirty water flow out of the sink and into the plumbing system. But if the drains become clogged, dirty water and other debris build-up and lead to a foul smell. In addition, water can begin to overflow and cause serious water damage.

What Causes Drain Clogs?

Poor maintenance is a leading cause of drain clogs. Hair, soap scum, food scraps, and grease can build up and block water flow. 

In addition, throwing trash into the toilet, rather than into a trash receptacle, can lead to a clogged toilet drain. Sometimes kids throw their toys into the toilet and flush, creating an unpleasant surprise for their parents. 

Another serious cause of a slow or stopped drain is the septic system. If the system hasn’t been cleaned in a long time, the home can experience backflow of sewage and require expensive repairs. 

A clogged drain could also be caused by tree roots infiltrating the underground main drain. This may require professional plumbing services, to remove the roots and replace the cracked pipes.

Drain Maintenance

Homeowners should clean their drains at least once a month to avoid major plumbing issues. This can be done using a solution of half a cup of baking soda and one cup of vinegar. Pour the mixture into the drain and let it sit for about five minutes. Then, pour one cup of boiling water down the drain to clear away the solution and debris. The chemical reaction between the vinegar and baking soda will loosen any hard deposits in the drain without damaging the plumbing pipes.

What To Do During An Emergency

A DIY repair for a drain emergency won’t help. You’ll need to call Tucker Hill for professional plumbing services. We’ll do a careful inspection to identify the cause and recommend the necessary repairs.

To prevent an emergency, we recommend scheduling professional drain cleaning services. We’ll evaluate your entire plumbing system and take the steps necessary to reduce the risk of a future drain issue. With a properly functioning plumbing system, you and your family will be happy you took preventative steps.