Drain Cleaning: Fixing Clogged Pipes & Drains
Chemical Cleaners can wreak havoc on your pipes and septic system if you have one. Slow moving drains leads to sitting water and sitting water can attract pests, and clogs can lead to leaks. Call Drain Cleaning Professionals with the equipment and years of experience to safely the clog and remove it. We offer 24 hour emergency service for all your drain cleaning needs.
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Drain Clogs Can Lead to Bigger Problems:
Clogs put extra stress on pipes and the stagnant water around clogs can cause pipes to leak or even crumble. Leaks can soak into the foundation and corners of the home, sometimes undetected for long periods of time. This can result in serious damage to the structural integrity of the home. This water can also get into the walls and ceilings, causing damage to drywall and insulation, potentially resulting in a large scale mold problem.
Many people think messy living attracts pests. (It does.) But pests are far more attracted to standing water. Everything from roaches to flies, mosquitos, mice and more may be attracted to water pooling inside of your home as a result of standing water, whether your pipes are leaking or simply pooling inside of your pipes due to clogs. If you notice an increase in pest activity, having your drains cleaned or inspected for breaks could be a useful mitigation technique.
Drains that aren't free flowing result in sitting water, which can lead to mold and bacteria. These can especially exacerbate health problems in those with pre-existing health conditions such as asthma or COPD.
Anyone who has ever found a sunbaked pool of water outside and tipped it out know how unpleasant a pool of sitting water can smell. The same thing can happen inside your pipes. If you notice foul smells emitting from your drains, it's important you have them cleaned. Musty smells are a result of the digestive process of mold and can cause headaches or worse, especially those with lung conditions.
Common Drain Problems
Slow drainage is easily ignored by many homeowners. It can happen at any drain, or all drains. But no matter how minimal or widespread it is, a slow moving drain can result in all of the problems listed above.
If there isn't already a crumbling drain, the clog could result it a leak, in foul odors, pests, health issues and more. Repiping a home can be extremely expensive. Especially if it co-occurs with water damage and potentially mold damage around those pipes.
When you notice a slow drain, it's important that you address it right away. Sometimes it's as simple as cleaning out the U pipe under your sink, or snaking a drain. Sometimes, it's indicitive of a larger problem, especially if it continues to occur after plunging/snaking or cleaning the U pipe, if the problem is occuring in a sink. The sooner these problems are addressed, the better chances your pipes have for long-use and the better chance you have for preventing further damage.
NOTE* We never recommend chemical drain cleaners as they can corrode your pipes and cause the very damage you want to avoid.
Sometimes gurgling pipes are a result of a clog in the pipe. But other times, it's a venting issue. Especially for those who live near a lot of wildlife, it is not terribly uncommon for squirrels or birds to make a home at the top of your plumbing vent on the roof of your home. This causes a vacuum and results in gurgling in the pipes. If you notice foul odors, that is a good sign that your vents are the problem rather than your drains.
Foul Odors in Drains
As mentioned above under 'gurgling pipes', sometimes foul odors are a result of a clogged vent pipe. They can also result from standing water in the pipes as a result of a clog. The longer this problem persists, the more likely this will result in a leak and further damage as a result. The mold and bacteria in those odors can also result in health problems. Address the clog first. If odors persist, have your vent inspected.