From vacuuming and dusting to mopping and yard work, many homeowners have a fairly thorough home cleaning routine. But there’s one area of the home that is often overlooked when cleaning day rolls around: drain pipes and drain system cleaning. And because they’re often neglected until something occurs, issues such as clogs and the need for a full re-pipe or remodel tend to arise.

We’re sharing helpful drain system cleaning tips, the benefits behind keeping them clean, and helping you know when it’s best to call a professional for help

Drain System Cleaning

More often than not, the extent of a homeowner’s drain cleaning is pouring a chemical drain cleaner down and letting it work its magic. However, according to Landmark Home Warranty, this method is not recommended – even the seemingly harmless foam, liquid, or gel ones. Some even have negative, adverse reactions to metals like aluminum, potentially giving off a toxic gas or damaging the pipe itself altogether through corrosion. And if these are poured down your kitchen sinks, your garbage disposal and septic system could be at risk of even further, irreparable damage.

Instead of using these harmful chemicals, classic methods like plunging and drain snaking are recommended as the most effective – and the safest. But while that works on certain fixtures, like toilets and bathtubs for pulling out hair or too much toilet paper, your kitchen sink is a whole different story. For an area that is typically riddled with food scraps from every meal, and the smells to match, utilizing softer, gentler methods will prevent damage to your drain system and help you get rid of any odors. These can include simple hot water to flush out waste, and even home concoctions out of baking soda and vinegar that can perform the job equally as well, without causing harm to your home’s inner workings.

If the clog just isn’t budging, or you suspect your pipes are damaged, it’s best to consult a professional and have them come and assess your system.

Benefits of Drain System Cleaning

Whether you’re cleaning your drain system by yourself or are enlisting the help of a professional, there are a number of benefits for having drain system cleaning performed in your home. According to Express Sewer & Drain, by performing drain system cleaning, you can experience more efficient drainage as well as improve and prolong the life of your drain by avoiding leaks. It can also aid in eliminating or preventing foul odors that could occur and can also prevent clogs from forming in the first place. Most importantly, it can stop damage to your home – helping to avoid flooding and keep harmful bacteria or chemicals from wastewater. This method better protects you from unwanted, expensive repair costs and keeps your family safe.

Work With B&D

At B&D, we want to ensure that your plumbing system is consistently running as smoothly and efficiently as possible. And for over 65 years, we’ve been working hard to make that happen – earning our reputation as the Duke City’s premier team of Exceptional People Achieving Exceptional Results. Whether you need help fixing a clogged drain or want preventative drain system cleaning, our team of passionate, dedicated experts is here 24/7 to take your call.

Contact us today at 505-299-4464 or schedule an appointment online.