“How often should I clean my drains?” This is a question homeowners commonly ask us at Clog Pro. And if you scour the internet, you’ll see many conflicting answers. Some experts recommend quarterly, monthly, and even weekly cleanings. This is why we thought we’d take the opportunity to explain to you how often you should clean your drains.
The simple answer is, “It depends what you’re putting down your drains and how often.” Think about it, grease, hair, food particles, dirt, and soap all make their way into your drains on a regular basis. Over time, these materials will build-up, until your pipes are completely blocked. This build-up will not only affect your drainage but it can also cause damage to your plumbing.
To help avoid clogged drains:
- Never pour grease down your drains
- Be aware of your garbage disposal usage. This will increase your cleaning frequency because garbage disposals add more debris and sludge into your plumbing.
- Don’t abuse your garbage disposal. Avoid putting stringy, fibrous foods into your garbage disposal including celery, pumpkin, and carrots.
Signs You Should Clean Your Drains
Drain clogs don’t happen suddenly. They’ll start to slowly drain before completely clogging. So if you’re shocked to have a drain clog, you likely haven’t been paying much attention to your drains as you should. Below are some common signs you should have your drains cleaned before a blockage occurs.
- Slow drainage
- Gurgling sounds from drains and toilets
- Pooling water around drains and toilets
- Water backing up
- Unpleasant odors coming from your drains
Experts In Drain Cleaning
Drain cleaning is an important part of maintenance, but very few people perform it. As with any other appliance, your drains also need regular care to keep them performing as long as possible.
Fortunately, a little bit of cleaning can go a long way. But don’t turn to harsh chemicals. These store-bought products can damage your pipes and the environment. Instead, we recommend contacting a professional who’s experienced in drains. Most drain cleaning companies use high-powered water jets to break-up and clean stubborn clogs.