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What You Need to Know About Maintaining Drain Health

waterThe plumbing system in the average home gets a pretty raw deal, in terms of how much care it gets. Plumbing systems are responsible for all kinds of vital functions, including providing people with fresh drinking water on-demand. Yet, they are all-too-often neglected when it comes to professional services. The drain and sewer portion of a home plumbing system has it even worse, mainly because most of us tend to treat that area with an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality. If you want to keep your drains in good health, though, you should have a look at our tips below.

Don’t Use Store Bought Cleaners!

If you’re like most homeowners, you reach for the store bought drain cleaner as soon as you notice that you have a drain clog. Those cleaners do certainly get rid of clogs, but they do it at a pretty high price. The sad part is that most homeowners don’t even know what this price is. The issue is this: the vast majority of store bought cleaners get rid of clogs by using incredibly corrosive and caustic chemicals. These chemicals melt through the waste clogging the pipe, sure, but they also damage the pipe itself. Prolonged use of these chemicals will corrode your drain pipes to the point that you will need to replace them years sooner than you otherwise would have to. Instead of using store bought cleaners, schedule professional drain cleaning instead.

Have Professional Drain Cleaning Done at Least Once a Year

The most common issue for drains is the formation of clogs. It’s also one of the easiest drain issues to keep under control. The good news is that the vast majority of clogs form very slowly, as waste sticks to the walls of the drain pipe and builds towards the center. So, even before a drain clog completely seals the pipe, you can take steps to make sure that doesn’t happen.

The best way to do that is to call for professional drain cleaning services at least once a year. Professional services like hydro jetting can blast all of the accumulated waste in your pipe out of the system, whether you were aware of its presence or not. Not only does this kind of service solve the current clog issue, but it prevents further clogs from forming in the future.

Watch for Warning Signs

You may have a problem develop with your drains between maintenance appointments, at which point it’s not a good idea to just ignore it. You should know what warning signs to look for that indicate that your drains are not operating properly, so that you can have them fixed as soon as possible. Slow drainage (or a complete clog) is obviously the biggest red flag that something is wrong. Keep an eye out for things like bad smells coming from the drains as well, though.

Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling offers comprehensive drain cleaning services in New Hope, PA. If you need to schedule drain cleaning services, contact us today for an appointment with one of our experts.

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