Understanding Plumbing Problems

There aren't many household systems more confusing than plumbing, which is why I stopped trying to fix mine on my own. I realized that taking things apart was increasingly more difficult, so I stopped guessing and started looking for a trained expert who could come out and help. When I found the right professional, it was amazing to see how much easier things were. They went through, evaluated my plumbing system, and made changes that changed my home from the inside-out. Check out this blog to find out more about how to avoid plumbing problems and when to hire a professional of your own.

Should You Wait For A Clog Before Getting A Drain Cleaning?

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For most people, it might seem crazy to clean a drain that's still running. After all, aren't you drains just fine as long as the water goes down? While a drain that backs up into your sink or bathtub is clearly clogged, this is usually the last in a long series of symptoms indicating a problem with your plumbing. By paying careful attention to the behavior of your drains, you can often spot problems before they led to wet floors, water damage, and huge headaches.

Can You Clean Your Drains Yourself?

Unfortunately, the answer is usually "no." Store-bought products are emergency measures designed to unclog a stuck drain, but they contain chemicals that can damage PVC pipes. Even worse, these cleaners are often hazardous to your health, and it is essential to be extremely careful when using them. Most plumbers do not recommend using these liquid problem solvers, even if they seem to help. If you must use them, do so only when attempting to clear a clog. Routinely pouring chemical cleaners down your drains is likely to hurt far more than help your situation.

Signs That You Drains Require Cleaning

Aside from water backing up out of your sink and pouring all over your kitchen floor, there are many signs of trouble in your plumbing system. To start with, use your ears. Do you hear gurgling when water runs down your drain? If a toilet flushes or a sink is running elsewhere in your house, can you hear burbling sounds in unrelated drains? These sounds are often indications of air trapped near blockages in your pipes, and they are one of the best early pieces of evidence of a building clog.

Watch your water flow carefully, as well. Even in older homes with older plumbing, water should flush down drains quickly. Running water for a prolonged time in your sink or shower should not result in water backing up from the drain. Slow running drains almost always indicate a problem with a clog, and you should schedule a visit with a plumber as soon as you notice this. Foul smells are another clue that your plumbing is not up to snuff.

Schedule Routine Cleaning

Even if your drains seem to be running well, scheduling an annual cleaning is never a bad idea. In addition to bringing your drains back up to par, a plumber can use this annual visit to check on the health of your plumbing system and report on any problems. The relatively low cost of this service is more than worth it when compared to the frustration and cost of dealing with a significant drain back up in the future.

To learn more about drain cleaning, contact a plumber in your area.

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6 January 2020