Keeping your home’s plumbing system in great working order requires the occasional cleaning of your drains and drain pipes. Though you can DIY a drain cleaning, working with a professional will ensure that your drains are thoroughly cleared out and stay in great condition for their full lifespan. DIY cleaning uses harsh chemicals and doesn’t always remove the gunk, so it’s important to work with a professional. However, many homeowners wonder how often they should have their drains cleaned by a professional.
When Should You Have Bathroom Drains Cleaned?
A lot goes down the drains in your bathroom: Hair, oils from beauty products, and if you have kids, who knows what they’ve put down the toilets. All of these things can lead to buildups in your bathroom drains. If these clogs aren’t remedied, they can cause pressure in your pipes that can lead to leaks. Those leaks can then cause water damage, which is incredibly expensive to fix. How often you have your bathroom drains cleaned depends entirely on how many people use the bathroom and how often they use it. The best rule of thumb is to have a professional cleaning whenever your drains start draining slowly.
When Should You Have Kitchen Drains Cleaned?
Kitchens drains should also be regularly cleaned based on use. However, kitchen drains are more likely to clog from the cooking oils and food debris that can build up along the walls of your pipes over time. If you have a garbage disposal, you will need to clean your drains even more frequently. Garbage disposals deposit all kinds of food material into our pipes, that can lead to significant blocks and drainage issues. You will need to have drains with garbage disposals cleaned at least once a year, if not more frequently depending on how often you cook and use the garbage disposal.
What To Expect During A Professional Drain Cleaning
A professional drain cleaning is a very different process than a DIY drain cleaning. Your plumber will start with a video pipe inspection using a drain auger, often called a drain snake. They use this tool to see if there are any clogs or leaks and to assess the extent of the buildup. Then they will employ a hydro-jetter, which is a powerful device that uses pressurized water to clear out the build up and remove clogs. Finally, they will reinspect the pipe to make sure they got all the dirt and grime.
Professional drain cleaning is essential to maintain your drainage system in all areas of your home. The frequency you have your drains professionally cleaned really depends on the usage. At IC Plumbing Services we offer professional drain cleaning and can do an inspection of your pipes to help determine how often you should have them cleaned. Then we will set you up with an affordable maintenance package, so you never have to worry about your pipes leaking from clogs. Give us a call to get started.