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Important Aspects of Drain Cleaning to Remember This Fall

Have you made up your home maintenance to-do list this autumn before the snow begins to fall? One item you should be sure to include is drain cleaning.

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It only makes sense; over time, debris (like hair, food and other residue) will fall into your pipes. It binds to the sides of the pipes, eventually creating a blockage that can wreak havoc on the plumbing in your house.

Also, with your exterior piping, tree roots can grow through your pipes. It’s also common for sand and silt to get into your exterior pipes. Like the debris inside your home, these factors outside your home can cause disruption to your plumbing appliances and fixtures.

The answer to this potential problem is to stop problems before they have a chance to develop with a solid drain cleaning every fall.

How else can I keep my pipes clear?

call-a-professional-plumberAs a rule of thumb, don’t put anything that doesn’t break down easily into a pipe. That’s pretty much everything other than toilet paper.

Put diapers, wipes, paper towels, feminine hygiene products, dental floss and cotton swabs in the garbage instead. In the kitchen, try your best not to allow particles or grease down the pipes. It can create some nasty clogs.

High-Pressure Job

When you get your drains cleaned, we start by inspecting them with a video camera drain tool, which helps identify clogs and potential problems. We don’t use harsh or abrasive chemicals. Instead, we rely on the force of high-pressure jets of water to break up clogs and dirt, and to flush them out completely.

Maybe It’s Time to Call the Plumber

clean-sink-drainYou may already have a blocked drain. Some telltale signs include a gurgling sound after you flush the toilet. It’s also common to hear gurgling from other spots, like toilets, tubs or sinks after you flush the toilet due to blockage.

This happens because when there is a blockage, the water can’t get through obviously, but the air bubbles will try to escape through the closest vent available, which is what produces the gurgling sound. Also, you might witness water levels changing rapidly in the toilet.

Another sign you should watch out for is a foul odor coming from the drain. This can be from food or other residue being trapped. It can also be from water being trapped due to a blockage.

Your best bet against plumbing problems is to commit to specific maintenance tasks every season, and fall in Wayne, NJ is drain cleaning season. Call PhD Mechanical, Inc. today for your appointment at (973)-492-5931.

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