It’s that time of year when homeowners in Shreveport have been organizing their closets, vacuuming the carpets, and giving their home a good scrub. But did you remember your drains?
You most likely have a liquid drain cleaning product for when the the kitchen sink is backing up or the toilet won’t drain, but sticking a band-aid on the issue often won’t make it disappear. Plumbing troubles that appear minor usually end up being big problems if they aren’t resolved correctly. Even if you think the problem is just a slow drain, you should have a professional drain cleaning to make sure it doesn’t ruin the entire system and result in a huge (and expensive) problem. Remember, no plumbing issue is ever too minor to need a drain cleaning.
There are several reasons why tub, sink, and toilet drains can end up clogged. For kitchen drains, the typical reasons are going to be food and grease. Make sure you start your garbage disposal and avoid putting things like oils, bones, and pasta down the drain because they will all wreak havoc on your pipes and other plumbing components. For bathtubs, showers, and bathroom sinks, the most common reasons for drain clogs will be hair that has fallen out, soap scum, and foreign objects. (Is your child missing some blocks or have you found that you can only find one earring?) An annual drain cleaning by a local Shreveport expert will help keep these minor situations from accumulating and creating a huge plumbing catastrophe.
Your toilet can also become clogged by the typical issue of using too much toilet paper, but also from putting things like paper towels, diapers, cotton balls, or flushable wipes into the septic system.
If the pipes become clogged, by food, hair, or anything else, it will most likely also affect the water pressure balance of your total plumbing system. If you don’t address these issues immediately by calling for an expert in drain cleaning, it could leave you with cracked pipes. Or worse, your pipes could completely burst leaving you without any water in your home.
Don’t forget, what goes down can sometimes come up. Regrettably, you could know this already with previous incidents with a clogged toilet, but it can also happen in your home’s sinks. Have you ever been washing dishes after a big meal and saw the water wasn’t draining and that vegetable you stuck down there a minute ago is now floating around? A routine drain cleaning, or an emergency drain cleaning when you first notice the problem, can avoid these situations entirely and prevent your drains from getting clogged and causing odor to back up into your home along with the water.
For expert drain cleaning in Shreveport, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. We are available around the clock for all your plumbing needs, so if you have an urgent problem at 9 p.m. or it’s just been a bit since your last drain cleaning, we are here for you.