The Importance Of Drain Cleaning

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Plumbing drains are silent and efficient when working properly, but drain cleaning is sometimes necessary to keep drains in good condition. Most of the time, drains move water from your house to a septic tank or municipal water system without issues. However, plumbing problems can develop over time. If you don’t catch a problem soon enough, you may end up spending time and money repairing damage to your plumbing system and home. Homeowners should understand why drain cleaning is so important and how drain cleaning is conducted in order to keep their plumbing systems in optimum condition.

Why drain cleaning is important

What happens when your home’s main plumbing line gets clogged? Plumbing issues begin when the clog starts to slow the flow of water through the drains. Over time, the water flows less as the clog grows bigger. At some point, the water is going to stop flowing through the drains and drain cleaning will be necessary to repair the issue.

If you do not hire a drain cleaning service, more plumbing issues will arise. When you flush the toilet, or remove the plug from the kitchen sink, the water will start backing up in the household drain pipes. Eventually, the plumbing pipes will fill up. The water will seek the quickest exit, and that is likely going to be out of the sink drains and the toilets. If enough water backs up, it will overflow onto the floors.

The gray water that flows in your drains is full of bacteria, because raw sewage mixes with it as it flows out of the main drain. When these liquids start to back up in the drains, they gather even more bacteria from the pipes. The bacteria will come into your home when an overflow occurs.

On top of the bacteria problem, the overflowing water itself can cause damage. The water can soak into the flooring, and if it’s deep enough, it can damage walls, cabinets, and furniture. Water damage, on top of potential bacterial growth, means the homeowner is left with an expensive mess. Unfortunately, homeowner’s insurance policies don’t usually cover this kind of damage, which is why drain cleaning and maintenance is so important.

How drain cleaning is conducted

Prevention is by far the best way to keep a drain overflow from happening in your home. It is important that homeowners call a plumbing company with the equipment and experience to perform drain cleaning.

Your drain lines flow from your sinks, tubs, and toilets through drain pipes that go under your home and into the ground. The pipes eventually end at the municipal sewer or septic tank. A thorough drain cleaning will involve cleaning all of these pipes.

After choosing a plumbing company that can perform drain cleaning services, a plumber will examine the drains with a special camera. The camera can show where any clogs may be located and where the drains are damaged. This examination helps the plumber determine exactly what needs to be done.

In a few cases, something stronger might be necessary to perform drain cleaning. Tree roots can infiltrate drain pipes, especially older clay and cast iron pipes. As the roots grow, they can cause clogs and damage the pipes. If the plumber’s camera finds tree roots, the plumber will use a rooter to cut through them. This special device has sharp blades spinning at a high speed that can cut through roots easily.

Before hiring plumbers, it is good to know when drain cleaning should be performed. If your home is relatively new, your drains should be flowing free for a number of years. However, when you start seeing the drains slow down, you should hire a drain cleaning service. If your home is older, and you have not had a cleaning done, you should hire a plumber to examine your plumbing drains as soon as possible.

Prevention and maintenance is critical for keeping your drains in good condition. The plumbing experts at Allen’s Tri-State Mechanical Inc. in Amarillo, Texas, can help with all of your drain cleaning needs. We have the equipment and expertise to clean your drains and keep them flowing smoothly. You can reach us at (806) 376-8345 or Contact Us by email to learn more. You can also stop by our office at 404 S. Hayden St. in Amarillo, Texas.