Properly scheduling drain cleanings is important for preventing clogs in your plumbing system and keeping plumbing fixtures in the best possible shape over time. Scheduling errors regarding cleanings can lead to inconvenience while also aggravating any existing drain problems. The following are four things to keep in mind when you're scheduling your drain cleaning services to keep up with plumbing system maintenance.
The symptoms of drain issues that require a thorough cleaning
You need to know what drain issues to look out for that indicate that drains need cleaning. Some of the most common symptoms of chronically clogged drains that need cleaning include gurgling or bubbling sounds coming from a drain and unpleasant odors emanating from sinks and tubs. Of course, drains will also be slow to empty when they are due for cleaning. Inspect your drains periodically and look out for these symptoms to know that it's time for a cleaning.
The amount of time drain cleaning takes
In order to fit drain cleaning into your busy schedule, you need to have a good idea of around how long it takes. Generally, you're going to need to set aside about three hours for drain cleaning. During drain cleaning, you're not going to be able to use your plumbing fixtures. It's therefore important to schedule your drain cleaning for a time when you won't have to do household tasks that require drain usage like cleaning or showering.
The demands you'll be putting on your drains in the meantime
You don't want to schedule your drain cleaning too far out into the future if your drains are going to be getting some heavy-duty usage. If you're planning for an event like a party that will require a lot of cooking and cleaning, it could strain your kitchen sink drain. Therefore, it might be a good idea to schedule your drain cleaning as soon as possible if you've got a special event coming up soon.
The potential damage caused by commercial cleaners
If you're planning on waiting to schedule your commercial drain cleaning and you think you'll be OK to use drain cleaning fluid on any clogs in the meantime, you should know that chemical drain cleaning fluids can be harmful to your pipes. While professional drain cleaning with a drain snake shouldn't harm your pipes and drains, acid-based cleaners can wear away at pipe materials over time and will eventually shorten pipe lifespan, if overused. Keep this in mind and avoid reliance on chemical drain cleaners to keep your plumbing system in the best possible shape.
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