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How Often Should I Schedule Drain Cleaning?

drain-pipe-replacementWe’re going to go out on a limb, here, and assume that you don’t think about the drains in your home very much. That’s okay. Most people don’t. The drains aren’t exactly the most attention-grabbing part of the home, or even the home’s plumbing system. Still, they serve a vital role in the plumbing system and need to be kept healthy. One of the best ways to make sure that your drains keep functioning properly is to schedule drain cleaning services. Read on for some prime indications that it’s time to schedule drain cleaning services.

Slow Drainage

The primary reason to schedule professional drain cleaning services is to make sure that your drains don’t clog up. Drain clogs form over time, as waste sticks to the walls of the pipe and builds towards the center. The more waste builds up, the more the flow through the pipe is restricted. This will cause the drain to drain more slowly than it normally does. If you notice this happening to one or more of the drains in your home, it’s a good indication that it’s time to schedule drain cleaning services.

Awful Smells

Another common sign that your drain needs to be cleaned is if it’s giving off a hideous smell, like an open sewer. This is a more common symptom with kitchen drains, as they have to deal with more food waste than other drains in your home. Waste buildup on the inside of the drain pipe can eventually become bad enough to start giving off quite a stench. If this is happening to one of your drains, you should definitely call for professional drain cleaning. Please note that if multiple drains in your home are giving off a stench, it’s probably a bigger issue located further down in the sewer line. You’re going to need some more involved plumbing services to deal with the problem in that case.

It’s Been Longer Than a Year

Even if you don’t notice anything specifically wrong with your drains, you should still schedule drain cleaning for them every year or so. This helps to prevent clogs from forming, and keeps your drains running smoothly. Remember: drain clogs form over time. You’re not likely to notice a drain clog until it has already progressed far enough to start negatively affecting your drains. Scheduling preventive drain cleaning once a year makes it much easier to prevent clogs from forming in your drains, whether you notice them forming or not.

A Note on Store Bought Drain Cleaners

You may be wondering why you should schedule professional drain cleaning at all, when you can just use store bought drain cleaners. The reason is because drain cleaners tend to use a variety of caustic chemicals, which will corrode your pipes and make them more prone to leaking. It’s far better for the health of your plumbing to use professional drain cleaning services instead.

Lutz Plumbing, Inc. offers comprehensive drain cleaning services throughout Kansas City, MO. If you need to schedule drain cleaning services, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert plumbers.

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