With an extensive to-do list, it’s easy to forgo cleaning the drains in the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room. Who wants to get their hands dirty with sludge and soap scum? Unfortunately, despite how gross it may seem, drain cleaning should be a top priority for homeowners. You see, a dirty drain is liable to clog. A clog is only the beginning of your plumbing troubles, though. If you have recurring clogs, then it won’t be long before your plumbing system springs a leak. Or, you may have a burst pipe. It’s easier to just clean the drains today and not have to worry tomorrow.
How Often Should You Clean Your Drain?
There is a lot of good advice on the internet about how often to clean your drains. However, there is also a lot of conflicting advice, too. If you search for long enough, you’ll discover that quarterly, monthly, and weekly cleanings are the way to go. Or is that incorrect? As professional, certified plumbers, we believe monthly is the best option. By scheduling monthly drain cleaning – whether professional or DIY – you ensure maintenance becomes a part of your regular routine.
Doing something weekly becomes a hassle. It’s a chore that everyone wants to avoid after a long work week. Quarterly is not nearly enough. By cleaning the drains quarterly, you allow time for bacteria and grime to build up.
Monthly is the key. A monthly cleaning is not quite frequent enough to cause any trouble but also regular enough to integrate into your routine. Furthermore, monthly cleanings are an ideal time because there is not enough time in-between cleanings for sludge to accumulate and cause issues.
Clogged Drain Clues
If you have yet to set a drain cleaning schedule, you may be more susceptible to drainage clogs. Then, if that’s the case, you’ll want to schedule professional drain cleaning services. First and foremost, you need to know the signs of a clogged drain.
- Gurgling noises from the drain or toilet
- Water pooling around the drain
- Water backing up
- Raw sewage smell coming from the drain
If you notice any of these signs, or all of them together, then something has gone seriously wrong. Your clog is likely more severe than you can imagine. It’s time to call an expert.
Sewer Drain Cleaning
If you are experiencing raw sewage smells, water backing up, or clogs in every drain in the house, then it’s likely you have a sewer line clog. You can avoid such a situation by scheduling occasional sewer line cleaning services.
On average, it’s best to schedule sewer drain cleaning and inspections every few years. For most, sewer drain cleaning as “as-needed,” meaning you’ll first notice the signs and then schedule cleaning services. Still, it’s best to schedule an inspection for an aging system.
If you would like to avoid a clogged drain, contact bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of Phoenix-Scottsdale. You can reach us anytime at 602-362-9165!