Have you recently moved into a new home? Are you only now discovering that one or more drains are no longer functioning the way that they should? Slow or stopped up drains can be a terrible problem, especially when they appear suddenly. While it can be tempting to run to the store for a bottle of drain cleaning chemicals, that may not be the best course of action. Instead of doing that, here are some things that you should do:
Call a plumber: If you pour a bottle of chemicals down your drain, you could cause damage to your sewer pipes. While the chemicals may not damage PVC pipes, they may cause problems if you actually have pipes made of iron, clay, or even cardboard-like Orangeberg pipes. On the other hand, when a plumber performs a drain cleaning, he or she will use methods that won't damage the pipes. If your pipes are so badly deteriorated that a mere cleaning will cause problems, your plumber will be able to let you know that this is the case. If you did pour any chemicals down your drain before calling a plumber, make sure to tell your plumber what you used before he or she proceeds. Some drain opening products can be especially hazardous.
Avoid using your garbage disposal: It may be too late now, but garbage disposals can be a major cause of clogs in your drain. In general, a garbage disposal should only be used for soft and non-greasy foods. Bread or scrambled eggs are usually fine, bacon or leftover chicken drumsticks are not. Bones can damage your garbage disposal, dulling the blades, and may not be broken up into small enough pieces to be easily pushed through your sewage line. Grease can build up on the walls of your sewer pipe. This coating will then trap particles like lint from your washing machine or even bits of toilet paper. This layer will then collect grease and the process will repeat anew until you have no choice but to call a plumber for a professional drain cleaning.
Use enzymes and bacteria: Once your drain has been cleaned out, you'll want to keep it that way. After performing your drain cleaning, ask your plumber to recommend a natural pipe-cleaning formula that contains bacteria and enzymes. Although commonly sold just for houses with septic tanks, houses that are connected to the city sewer line may also benefit. These products are specially formulated to digest grease, oil, paper, and hair so that you can delay or even eliminate the need for drain cleaning in the future.
For more tips on how to keep your drains free of clogs, talk to a plumber like those at Bryco Plumbing.Share
19 September 2016
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