WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO THINK ABOUT DRAIN MAINTENANCE?
The most straightforward answer to that question is “all the time”!
Drain maintenance in Houston does not have to involve a visit from your local plumbing company; it is something that you can do every day. One quick tip for keeping a clear drain is; being mindful of what you put down your garbage disposal will go a long way toward preventing the need for costly drain cleaning services. To avoid slow shower and bathtub drains, try installing a silicone drain protector to stop hair from entering the drain.
WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT DRAIN AND SEWER LINE CLOGS?
For those who want to be even more proactive regarding a maintenance schedule for your pipes, Nick’s Plumbing recommends using a biologic drain cleaner. Biologic-based drain cleaners like Bio-One use naturally occurring enzymes to dissolve grease, hair and other residues that collects in your drains. The benefit of a once-a-month biologic drain cleaner application is that there are no harsh chemicals like lye or phosphoric acid to eat away at your pipes, as it clears the clog. In addition to the damage they can cause to your plumbing, chemical-based drain cleaners can splash and cause severe burns as well as various illnesses from the toxic fumes they emit.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A DRAIN OR SEWER LINE ISSUE?
The first sign of having drain problems is usually a slow-to-empty kitchen sink, bathroom sink, or shower drain. Many of these slow-drainage issues can be remedied by using a plunger or a small plumbing snake to pull out any debris. Once this is done, if the initial problem is quick to recur, it indicates that there is a more significant problem somewhere further down the piping structure.
Clogged drains and sewer lines are not only inconvenient; they can lead to raw sewage backing up into your home not only through sinks and bathtubs but from under your floors and inside of your walls. As water and other debris build up in a clogged pipe, the fittings along the pipe or the pipe itself will burst sending hundreds of gallons of water and raw sewage into the crevices of your home. The cost of the remediation and repair of a home damaged by a raw sewage leak can quickly run into the tens of thousands of dollars.
Protect yourself from the unnecessary stress and expense of drain and sewer line failures by taking drain maintenance in Houston into your own hands. The tips we’ve given you in this blog, along with a healthy dose of common sense should keep you from needing the services of a professional plumber to keep your drains maintained.
If you have an issue with your kitchen drain, bathroom or utility drains or sewer line issues, call Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services today. Nick’s Plumbing has been the drain maintenance in Houston experts since 1979, and they guarantee their parts and workmanship. We offer free estimates, and we love to give free second opinions!
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