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Drain Cleaning 101
What are Signs You Need Drain Cleaning?
There are many factors that indicate a drain cleaning is due.
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.
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.
How Often Should You Clean Your Drains?
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 more. The Plumbing Works can setup and provide a drain maintenance program at home or business.
What Causes Drain Clogs?
Most sink clogs occur in the P-trap. This trap is the 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.