Drains tend to get clogged every once in a while. When was the last time you had the drains cleaned by professional plumbing services? Should you have them cleaned weekly, twice a month, quarterly, or yearly? If your drains are clogged today, would you know where to begin?
Keep reading to find out all these and more.
How often should you clean them?
If you search on the internet about cleaning drains, you will find varying answers. Some people will argue that you should clean them monthly while others will say you need to clean them at least once a year.
However, according to the Environmental Septic Agency (EPA) of the United States, the septic drainage system of an average household should be inspected at least once every 3 years by a professional plumbing service provider. Over the last 2-3 years, have you had any plumbing service check out your drainage system? If not, then you need to engage an expert as soon as possible.
Additionally, we recommend that you carry out a drain cleaning exercise in your home at least once every month. Not only will this help you save on repair and maintenance costs in the long run, but it will also help you avoid some of the frustrations that come with a clog.
Instead of letting materials like grease, hair, dirt, food particles, and other tiny objects clog the drainage system of your home, you can clean regularly using the following simple procedure:
- Mix 1 cup of vinegar, half a cup of baking soda, and 1 cup of hot water into a bucket.
- Stir the mixture and pour the solution down the drain (kitchen sink, toilet, bathroom drain, etc.)
- Use a drain plug to cover the drain and leave it for about 5 to 10 minutes.
- After this, flush an extra cup of hot water down the drain.
The above procedure makes cleaning a very simple task. The solution of vinegar and baking powder will loosen up the blockages in the drainage system. The hot water will help to wash everything down.
Signs that you need to call professional drain cleaning services
If you notice any of the following signs in the drain system of your home, then you need to get in touch with an expert immediately. They include:
- Slow draining
- Gurgling or bubbling sounds from within the drains
- Unfamiliar odors from the pipes
- Water leaks