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How Does Drain Cleaning Fit into Your Plumbing Maintenance Routine?

By Patton Plumbing, Heating & AC

February 9, 2023

Drain cleaning is essential to plumbing maintenance because it cleans clogs and eliminates blockages that can impact water flow. Without regular drain cleaning, your drains can become clogged, trapping wastewater and causing unpleasant odors. Drain issues can also lead to serious property damage from flooding and water damage. Because drain cleaning is an important part of maintaining your plumbing system, you need to ensure your inspection and system care is being handled by a qualified professional. Many technicians suggest beginning drain cleaning with a video camera inspection. This additional step will allow your plumbing professional to remove debris and gain better insight into challenges that may exist in your pipes.  

Clogs can be a major inconvenience, but it’s important to understand when these problems require professional help. One sign of serious drainage issue is sluggish draining. If your drains move slowly, that could indicate you have a clog forming or another blockage in your pipes. If you notice unpleasant odors coming from your drains, that could also be a sign of impending problems. If you see pools of standing water near your faucets or plumbing fixtures, or if the drains start to gurgle when running water, it’s time to call in the experts. A plumbing professional will inspect your system, locate and remove debris causing problems.

Drain cleaning and maintenance can identify issues such as pipe corrosion or breaks in your lines that may further increase the risk of plumbing problems. After inspecting and cleaning your system, your plumbing team will have all the information they need to appropriately treat your pipes moving forward. At Patton Plumbing Heating and A/C, we offer our customers complimentary video camera inspections with drain cleaning services, which underlines how effective we believe this combination to be when preparing to clean your drain. Video camera inspections involve inserting a long, thin waterproof camera into the drainage system to get an up-close view of any blockages or issues preventing water flow. Knowing the exact cause of blockage can help identify the appropriate action and proper tools for restoring proper function to your drainage system. The ability to diagnose your plumbing issues accurately and efficiently before beginning ensures a more thorough and effective cleaning.  

Drainage problems can be a nuisance, so choosing the right drain cleaning method is key. A trained plumber will be able to determine how best to proceed once they’ve inspected your system. Whether your drain would benefit from manual methods such as plungers and plumber snakes or high-pressure water jetting to blast away debris and clogs, entrusting your system to the expertise of a professional plumber is your safest bet. A qualified technician is better equipped to help decide which drain cleaning solution is right for your home.  

Drain cleaning is an essential part of plumbing maintenance that should not be neglected. To ensure your pipes stay clear and function properly, it’s important to have them inspected and cleaned regularly. There is no one-size-fits-all answer as to how often your drains should be cleaned. The frequency depends on multiple factors, such as the size of the pipes and the environment they are in, so it’s best to consult a professional plumber. After an inspection, your plumber will be able to provide suggestions for how often your system should be cleaned. Generally speaking, however, maintaining an annual inspection and cleaning schedule can avoid unsightly back-ups or potential flooding in your home. 

Drain cleaning is important for plumbing maintenance because it helps prevent clogs and keeps your drains flowing properly. As part of your plumbing maintenance routine, drain cleaning is preventative. When drain cleaning is used as a reactive tool, it’s often because you’ve experienced a plumbing problem. Drain cleaning on a schedule can help you prevent clogs and keep your system running smoothly – saving time and money. If you’re experiencing any of the signs indicating drainage problems, call Patton Plumbing Heating and A/C. We will clean your drain and help keep it clear long-term. Call (901) 489-2119 to schedule an appointment with our team today. 

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