How Often Should Drains Be Cleaned?

You rinse off your dishes after a meal and notice that water pools in the kitchen sink as you load the dishwasher. You brush your teeth and the bathroom sink is slow to drain. You take a shower and dirty water pools at your feet – all of these are signs that your home has clogged drains!

A lot of people don’t think about their drains until there’s a problem, that’s the main reason why they put maintenance on the backburner. If they’re smart, they’ll get the clogged fixed and clean their drains and they’ll have them re-cleaned as a preventative measure in a couple of years.

Hate getting that unexpected clog the night you’re hosting a dinner to your 10 closest friends? Afraid your kitchen sink will get clogged on Thanksgiving? Afraid your shower will clog when your mother-in-law visits for a week? Getting your drains cleaned regularly is the only way to prevent surprise clogs that always seem to occur at the worst times.

Are You at More Risk?

Not everyone is at the same risk for a clogged drain; there are definite factors that increase the risk. For example, if you live in an old home with original plumbing, chances are, your pipes have taken a beating. If you're a landlord and you rent out your second home, your renters may be pouring the grease down your kitchen sink because “it’s just a rental.”

If you cook at home and constantly using your garbage disposal instead of throwing food waste in the trash, ground-up food from the disposal could be depositing large amounts of sludge and debris into the pipes, which can be slowly restricting water flow until a clog becomes inevitable. If you’re not being cautious and you’re grinding up eggshells, coffee grounds, rice, pasta, potato peels, carrots, and celery, a clog can surprise you at any moment.

The two major reasons for clogs are your habits and behaviors! For example, you’re at a higher risk for clogged drains if you don’t have a dishwasher. If your drains are clogging every month, it’s wise to get them cleaned right away. As for maintenance, we recommend cleaning them every two years, but we may suggest more frequent cleanings if you have a large household and use the sinks a lot.

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