Drain Cleaning Maintenance to Avoid Big Problems Later

Every home and building has a drain system. It provides a network of pipes and pathways for wastewater to travel out and away, ideally never to be seen again. The system is fairly simple, relying on gravity for water flow. However, this system only works so well; if there is a blockage in a drain line, the water will stop and back up. And that means everything that was supposed to go away ends up coming back and possibly overflowing into the home. It’s not an outcome anyone wants to deal with. Fortunately, there’s a very reliable way to avoid it in most cases with a very effective maintenance approach – drain cleaning services.

The Method of a Draining Cleaning Treatment

Where a layperson might assume a drain cleaning generally involves a tool for clearing and then a good flushing of water for a while to wash everything away, the actual treatment works a bit differently. While tools for clearing up hard matter are used, a key approach that helps keep drains clean involves the use of a biochemical. This approach adds ingredients to a treatment that actively eats up organic layers and material inside a drainpipe, eliminating the foundation that could start a blockage in the first place.

Where there is the beginning or buildup of solid material, additional tooling can be used to dislodge the same and clear the drain path again. The goal is to make sure that there is clear passage of the drain from the sink, toilet or shower to the municipal connection. A homeowner is responsible for the plumbing up to that point, so maintenance is a great way to avoid bigger plumbing problems later due to negligence.

Evaluation and Determination

One of the key steps involved with professional drain cleaning services is a camera inspection. This procedure literally provides a visual inspection of the inside of the drain, including lighting and allowing a detailed review from the drain edge to where the pipeline eventually reaches the municipal connection. Using cabling equipment that works very similar to a plumber’s snake tool, the camera is extended through the drain network by a plumber until the review is complete. The entire process can even be recorded digitally for a comprehensive examination.

When the evaluation finishes, then the cleaning treatment begins, utilizing what is needed for the conditions that have been identified inside the customer’s system. When this approach is applied regularly, even on an annual basis, it does an incredible job of avoiding problems before they aggregate and become serious blockages in a home drain line.

It’s Never Too Late to Start Cleaning

Even with older homes, starting a drain cleaning service and treatment is always a good idea. Where pre-blockage conditions might be present due to age, they can still be caught and addressed before getting worse. So, if you’re in a home where it’s been more than a decade without a drain cleaning treatment, or you’ve moved into an older home with a history, or even a slow draining of sinks, then it’s definitely time to have a treatment applied.

Nothing lasts forever, but with a regular drain maintenance service, a home plumbing system can serve a homeowner for a very long time. The trick is to make sure that the drain lines always stay clear so that gravity and design can do the rest of the work, carrying everything away with running water. It’s when there is resistance that problems begin. Very much like brushing one’s teeth, when home drain plumbing is cleaned, it then works with consistent performance year after year.

Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an the author of "Getting Laid" and "Getting Baked". A sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky, when she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s making tea and writing about country living and artisan culture.
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