Different home chores are best left for particular seasons. In the fall, it’s drain cleaning season. There are many reasons to have your drains cleaned in the autumn, but the most acceptable reason is that it will ensure your drains are working efficiently throughout the holidays. Nothing is more frustrating than needing to call a plumber for a simple clog removal during the holiday season.
Here’s everything you need to know about getting your drains cleaned this fall:
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When to Call a Plumber
Calling a plumber for every small repair is not always an option for many homeowners. Clogged toilets and clogged drains, for example, are usually easily fixed and can be taken care of by someone with little to no experience. For many homeowners, noticing the signs of a clogged drain results in reaching for a bottle of chemical drain cleaner. However, the lasting effects of these drain cleaners are more damaging that you would think. Liquid drain cleaners use harsh chemicals to dissolve clogs, but the chemicals don’t just stop there. They also start to corrode your pipe, creating weak spots that are likely to burst.
For a clogged drain, we recommend plunging it with your plunger to loosen the clog. If that doesn’t work, then it’s time to call a plumber. It’s also beneficial to invest in professional drain cleaning at least once per year. This usually happens in the fall as part of your home preparations.
Benefits of Professional High-Pressure Cleaning
High-pressure cleaning is beneficial because it gently removes the clogs and provides a smoothing effect on the inner pipe to prevent future clogs. The only thing homeowners need to be mindful of is the strength of the pressure. If it’s too low, the drain will not be cleaned properly; however, if it’s too high, the drain can sustain damage or become dislodged. Hiring a trained professional to perform this service is ideal. They will know the exact pressure to use to get the best results.
How do Drains Become Clogged?
Over time, your drains collect materials such as hair, skin flakes, bits of food, grease, oil and naturally occurring minerals in the water. Even if you try and keep these materials out of the drain, they will still eventually collect and attach to the side of the drain and pipe wall. With time, these materials will harden and eventually create a clog that is often difficult to remove.
If you are dealing with a stubborn clog or you would simply like to make sure your drains are clean for the upcoming winter and holiday season, call Magic Plumbing in San Francisco, CA at (415) 441-2255 today.