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Drain Cleaning

How can you tell if your drains need cleaned?

  • If a drain is draining slowly it needs to be cleaned. If two or more drains are draining slowly, the problem is most likely in the main sewer, which can be professionally cleaned with a cable machine with a sharp spinning blade on the end of the cable.

How often should you clean your drains? 

  • It depends on how much usage your drains get and what is going down the drains. Hair and grease will cause serious household drain clogs. If more than one or two drains are slow, the problem is probably in the main sewer. The most common causes of sewer clogs are tree root infiltration, wet wipes, and kitchen grease. Foreign objects are also responsible for lots of clogs. 

Prevention Tips:

The best way to keep drains clear is to limit what you put in them.

  • Never flush, flushable wipes. 

  • Keep food, coffee grounds and grease out of kitchen drains

  • Run water while using the garbage disposal.

  • Pour liquid grease into a sealable container. After it cools, put it in the trash or take it to a recycling center.

  • Keep hair and soap scum out of bathroom drains. Cover your tub and shower drains with a mesh screen or a perforated shower drain hair catcher. Either one will collect the hair and let the water run through.

  • A shower drain hair catcher may be made of stainless steel, silicone or a combination of both. Another way to keep hair from clogging the shower drain is to replace the shower or tub stopper with one that has a built-in screen.

  • Brush your hair before you shower or take a bath.This process removes loose hair and keeps it from clogging the shower drain. If you must bathe your dog in the tub or shower, place a washcloth over the drain. The amount of hair a dog sheds during a bath can even clog your regular shower drain hair catcher.

  • Watch what you flush. Toilets are designed to handle human waste and toilet paper. Flushing dense, stringy or bulky materials can cause a clog

  • Dental floss, feminine hygiene products and other household waste should go in the trash instead.

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