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Your home's plumbing system is an elaborate structure of pipes, elbows, joints, and drains. Keeping everything flowing through that system takes some care and attention. Few homeowners really appreciate the care and cleaning that plumbing systems require. Unfortunately, this leads to some costly care and drain cleaning mistakes. Here are a few things that you should know.

Professional Drain Cleaning Is More Effective Than Retail Products

Many homeowners believe that clearing clogged or built-up drains is as easy as buying a drain cleaner over the counter at a retail store. While commercial drain cleaners are effective to an extent, they aren't as comprehensive as professional drain cleaning.

When you hire a plumber to clear your drains, they will flush the entire system out with tools specifically designed to reach all of the areas inside the pipes. In addition, they can often use high-pressure water to do what you would be using chemicals for. This reduces the introduction of chemicals into the water table as well.

It's Fairly Easy To Identify Localized Problems Compared To Main Drain Problems

Some homeowners feel as though it's nearly impossible to narrow down the source of a clog or plumbing problem. The fact is that you can actually determine whether a plumbing issue is localized to one fixture or if it is a main drain issue. 

For example, if you have one sink that isn't draining well, that's typically a localized problem. You may have a hair clog or something else backed up in that drain. Just because that drain is clogged doesn't mean that everything else in your home should be affected, though. Don't dismiss it simply because it's just one fixture. Get it fixed before it worsens.

If, however, you're noticing drainage issues throughout the house, including slow drains and clogging toilets, or you can hear gurgles in your bathtub when your kitchen sink drains, that typically means that you've got a clog in the main drain.

Main drain clogs should nearly always be addressed by a plumber, while problems in a single fixture may be easy to clear yourself with a snake or a retail drain cleaner and clog remover.

New Plumbing Systems Need Maintenance

If the home you bought has all new plumbing, that doesn't mean that you can ignore the plumbing system completely. You'll still want to have the system irrigated on a regular basis to prevent buildup on the pipes that can cause clogs. Make sure that you talk with a plumber as soon as possible about establishing a maintenance and care schedule.

For more information, contact a local plumber.

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16 October 2019

Different Ways to Remove a Clog From Your Drains

Having a clogged sink, toilet or shower drain is bad. However, you may feel the problem is worse if you don't have a plunger or snake. But what many people do not realize is that there are many items they have in their home that they can use to remove a clog from a drain. A wire hanger or baking soda and vinegar can both be used to free these clogs. My name is Mark and my goal with this website is to educate people on ways to remove clogs so they do not have to call a plumber for something minor that they can do themselves. Just remember that sometimes a plumber will know best, so don't be too stubborn.