Proper drain cleaning is absolutely essential in keeping your sinks, toilets, showers, and other plumbing fixtures working properly without interruption. That’s why we at The Plumbing Works in Lancaster, PA make this service a regular part of routine maintenance.
If left unaddressed, clogged or dirty drains can be a nuisance to your entire plumbing system. The most effective way to prevent drain clogs from becoming a major issue is to have your pipes and drains cleaned on a regular basis.
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How Do You Know When You’re in Need of a Drain Cleaning?
There are many factors that can indicate when a drain cleaning is due. For starters, a slow drain in your sink signals a blockage in your pipes. If left untreated, it can result in a completely clogged drain, which will require immediate attention.
If you notice other drains backing up when a separate drain is in use, this means there is a clog deep within the sewer line. In addition, foul odors coming from your sink, toilet, or shower is another sign that it’s time to have your drains cleaned. Odors are often due to blockages that are rapidly collecting bacteria, and leaving them untreated can be unsafe and expensive to repair.
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How Often Should You Clean Your Drains?
As one of the foremost plumbing and clogged drain solution companies in the Greater Lancaster Area, The Plumbing Works has been around the block a time or two when it comes to proper drain cleaning practices.
We recommend drain cleaning at least once a year or as needed. For commercial drains, it depends on the type of drain and what is discharged into the drain. Usually a drain cleaning is necessary every 3 months or so. The Plumbing Works can setup and provide a drain maintenance program at home or business in the Lancaster, PA area!
What Causes Drain Clogs?
While there are actually many reasons that a drain clog may occur, the most common reasons are simple neglect or improper use.
Most sink clogs occur in the P-trap, which is a U-shaped portion of the sink drain that averts insects, rodents, and sewer gasses from entering the home. However, it is this shape that can also enable blockages to form. Clogs in this area can be repaired by removing the P-trap pipes and dislodging any obstructions.
Kitchen sinks can often become clogged with coffee grounds, grease, or food scraps. Tubs and bathroom sinks are most often clogged by hair that collects and acts as a trap for dirt, toothpaste, and soap scum; if left untreated, these can combine to form an odorous, slimy mass that prevents your appliances from properly draining.
How Are Clogged Drains Diagnosed and Repaired?
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At The Plumbing Works in Lancaster, PA, our certified technicians rely on advanced methods and highly-specialized equipment in order to diagnose and repair a clogged drain. One method we use frequently involves locating the problem with a specialized camera inspection.
During this method, a flexible cable with a small camera attached is inserted into the pipeline. The cable follows the line, recording the pipe’s interior as it moves along, relaying the video feed to a monitor in real time. This camera inspection allows us to see exactly what is blocking your drains, whether it’s tree roots, corrosion, excessive grease, sludge, or other debris. In addition to helping with blocked drain problems, sewer camera inspections are recommended before carrying out hydrojetting or sewer repairs/replacements.
Drain snakes are sometimes effective in clearing out smaller clogs. These devices are mostly used for stopped up tubs, showers, bathroom sinks, washing machines, and kitchen sinks. Most drain cables extend 25 – 50 feet or more. The length of these cables allows them to reach to the main drain line under the home from the sink or tub. The drain cables come in many different shapes and sizes, as well as manual and electric models. Drain cables are forced down the pipe until it reaches the clog, at which point the cable is reversed, pulling the obstruction out of the pipes and through the drain.
At TPW, our mission is to provide the Lancaster, PA area with high quality, always professional customer service, and to create comfortable, healthy, safe, and efficient places to live and work locally.
To ensure our customers are always getting the best clogged drain solutions possible, we offer same day service, helpful and pleasant call staff, uniformed and screened technicians, rock solid guarantees, and most importantly: 100 percent customer satisfaction.
Give us a call today at (610) 708-1624 to find out how we can help you with your clogged drain repair needs! We always offer low, flat-rate pricing and upfront estimates!
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