It’s that time of year when homeowners in Shreveport have been organizing their closets, vacuuming the carpets, and giving the house a deep scrub. But what about your drains? You can’t forget to clean out your drains!
You most likely have a liquid drain cleaning product for when the bathtub won’t drain or the sink is backing up, but sticking a band-aid on the issue often won’t make it go away. Plumbing issues that appear minor usually end up being major problems if they aren’t properly resolved. Even if you think the problem is just a slow drain, you should have thorough drain cleaning to make sure it doesn’t ruin the entire system and leave you with a giant (and expensive) problem. Keep in mind, no plumbing problem is ever too small to require 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 don’t put things like fats, bones, and pasta down the drain because they will all create chaos for your pipes and other plumbing components. For bathroom sinks, tubs, and showers, the main reasons for drain clogs will be hair build up, soap scum, and foreign objects. (Is your child missing some puzzle pieces 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 floss, diapers, cotton balls, or flushable wipes into the septic system.
If the pipes get clogged, by toys, 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 more serious, your pipes could completely burst leaving you without any water in your home.
Also, what flows down can sometimes come up. Regrettably, you may know this already with previous incidents with a clogged toilet, but it can also happen in your home’s sinks. Have you ever been cleaning dishes after dinner and saw the water wasn’t draining and that vegetable you stuck down there a few minutes ago is now back? A routine drain cleaning, or an emergency drain cleaning when you first notice the problem, can avoid these issues altogether and prevent your drains from clogging and causing a stench 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 anytime, day or night for all your plumbing needs, so if you have an urgent problem at 10 o’clock at night or it’s just been a bit since your last drain cleaning, we are here for you.