Drains are the gateway between your home's wastewater and the public sewage system. You want your drains to be completely clear at all times-keeping your pipes and fixtures clean and completely sanitary. If you don't, the result could be inconvenient at best, and repulsive at worst. If you're a food service business or own a commercial building, the results could be even more costly.
Causes of Clogged Drains
In addition to water, what flows through your drains often includes hair, soap residue, grease, oils, food waste, and minerals (if you have a hard water issue). Over time, these oils and residues harden into a greasy blockage, which slows the flow of water out of your drains. Given enough time and enough debris, the flow of water could stop completely. When this happens, your drains may begin exhibiting the following symptoms.
Signs of a Blocked Drain:
- Your toilets are backing up, overflowing, or not flushing properly
- The water in your sinks, toilets, and shower take longer to drain completely
- Your drains are starting to emit an unpleasant smell
- There is a decrease in your home’s water pressure
- Several drains throughout your home are clogged at the same time
- There are continual clogs in the same drain
While a professional service is the best way to deal with a blockage or clog, there are a few preventive measures you can take to help keep your drains clear for longer. Investing in a drain grate or screen, flushing your bathroom drains regularly, having cold water running when the garbage disposal is on, and being mindful of what goes down your drains are all steps you can take. However, as mentioned previously, even with precautions taken, a clog can still form and a plumber will need to be brought in.
In order to effectively clear your drains of any clogs, it’s best to bring in a professional plumber, who has the experience necessary to successfully clear them of any buildup. With different drain cleaning methods available, it's important to understand how each works.
Traditionally, There Are 3 Ways to Deal with a Drain Clog:
While Brownie's will utilize whatever solution best suits your needs and your budget, each solution has specific benefits and drawbacks. For instance, drain augers (snakes) might clear your clog, but ultimately it only punches a hole through the debris-sometimes, it doesn't get rid of it for good. The results are immediate and affordable though. Drain cleaners are available off the shelf, but they're not effective on every kind of residue and can harm your pipes. Hydro-jetting is the most permanent solution with the least damage to your pipes.
Brownie's Septic & Plumbing has been in the business of keeping drains clean and functional since 1948. We are committed to being the best plumbing service in Orlando, offering drain cleaning as well as drain installations and repairs. If you're experiencing drainage backup or a gurgling sound in your fixtures, it's time to call our team of licensed plumbers.
To learn about the options that are best for your pipes, give our Orlando drain service team a call at (407) 890-0116 or contact us with our online form!
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