Do you only clean your drains when they get clogged? While this is a common practice for millions of people across the country, any plumbing industry professional will tell you how important it is to clean your drains on a regular basis. It’s a small bit of preventative maintenance that keeps your plumbing system healthy and functioning properly, making it less likely that larger, more disruptive problems will arise.
Here’s why it’s so important to regularly clean your drains:
- Dirty drains can make your plumbing system deteriorate faster. When your pipes become coated with layers of grime they sometimes crack, and because you can’t see your pipes you’re unlikely to notice any cracks until they become big leaks. By then, extensive damage has already been done.
- Clogs cause slow drainage and standing water. We’ve all experienced slow-draining sinks and shower drains before – this means there’s build-up clogging your pipes and if you don’t flush it out, the drain may stop working entirely.
- Cleaning your drains regularly mitigates unpleasant smells. Think about all the things that go down your kitchen drains and bathroom drains on a regular basis. These are not odors you want to smell in your home or in your office!
- Clean drains are essential for good hygiene. Slow-drainage, standing water, unpleasant smells: all of these issues can accumulate to create unsanitary conditions, and can sometimes pose health risks.
One of the easiest ways to help keep your drains clean is to use drain screens. They catch hair, bits of food, soap scum, and other debris that can cause clogs. Drain screens are affordable, come in a variety of sizes to fit most drains, and they’re easy to clean whenever needed.
When to call a plumbing company
It’s easy to keep the drains in your home clean with over-the-counter products. You can also pour boiling water down your drains once a week to free up any debris stuck to the sides of your pipes. Commercial drains in restaurants may require professional cleaning on a regular basis due to high amounts of food waste, grease, and oil in the environment. If you notice a strange smell coming from any of your drains, if your pipes are leaking, or if you’ve noticed standing water, we recommend calling a professional who can identify and treat the problem.
If you’d like more information or advice on how to properly clean your drains, or if you have any questions, please contact Crosstown Plumbing today. We’re proud to be the preferred plumbing supply company for so many industry professionals, and our team is standing by and ready to help. We look forward to hearing from you.