Should I Have My Drains Professionally Cleaned?
Slow draining and minor clogs are common plumbing issues. When these problems persist, many homeowners have trouble determining whether it's time to call a plumber. Read David Gray's advice on when you should consider a professional drain cleaning.
Any object other than water that enters the draining system can cause a blockage. This includes food, hair, oil and other chemicals. While it's true that minor clogs can be cleared easily, home drainage issues may indicate a larger problem that needs professional attention. If you notice the following warning signs with a drain in your home, you should contact a professional right away for cleaning or repair services.
As common as it seems, you should never underestimate the seriousness of slow drains. By calling a drain cleaning professional as soon as you notice slow drains, you can pinpoint the source of the problem and correct it before it escalates into bigger issues, including damaged pipes or sewer backups.
Persistent sewer odors emanating from a drain in your home can be a warning sign of a major drainage issue. Sometimes the odor can be eliminated with a thorough drain cleaning, and in other cases, you may need to replace broken sewer pipes in order to restore proper drainage to permanently eliminate the issue.
Bathtub and shower drains are especially prone to stubborn clogs because of all the hair that gets washed down every day. If you find yourself having to clean the hair out of your drain frequently, chances are you're not succeeding in removing the entire clog every time. In any case, when a clog returns after you've attempted to clear it yourself, you should consider hiring a drain cleaning company that can use professional tools to eliminate clogs deep in the pipe and solve the problem completely.