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How to Tell You Need Drain Cleaning Services

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When your kitchen sink clogs, what should you do?

Drains that seriously need to be cleaned aren’t always obvious. Your bathroom drains, for instance, can go from perfectly functional to clogged in the blink of an eye, and you’ll be frustrated when you didn’t see it coming. Don’t worry, we’re not here to naysay you and say you “We told you so.” In fact, we’re here to tell you the opposite, because it can be almost impossible to notice a drain clog forming sometimes.

We’re going to give you a few pointers when it comes to noticing whether or not you’re suffering from a drain clog. Even if you’re not, drain cleaning in Des Moines, IA can be an important investment to consider if you care about your plumbing system and the comfortable nature of your life. Avoid clogs, keep your drains clear, and remain stress-free by following these few tips!

Tip #1: Measure the Speed of Your Drain

Sometimes you can get clued into how clogged your drains are becoming by measuring the speed by which they drain. If you are using your kitchen and bathroom with little to no change in the way water drains from your appliances, then you probably don’t have much to worry about. However, if you’re noticing that your drains are starting to slow down, then that could signal a problem that needs to be taken care of.

A clogged drain can give off signals that it’s starting to form, and the biggest sign is a slowing drain. If you notice this and call us for help, then you’ll have avoided a pretty nasty problem.

Tip #2: Take Note of What Goes Down Your Drain

There’s a term we use a lot in this industry to describe what shouldn’t go down your drain, in addition to food waste and solid materials. That term is FOG, which stands for fats, oils, and grease. These materials may seem like liquids that can easily flow down your drain, but they end up solidifying when they cool down, which easily leads to a quick drain clog.

Avoid dumping these kinds of materials down the drain, and you’ll by default know that you don’t need a drain cleaning as often as you would otherwise. If you’re certain that you’re careful about what you put down all of your drains (refraining from dumping hair down your bathroom drain as another example), then you’ll be better off.

Tip #3: Schedule Drain Cleaning on a Routine

All of this sounds so complicated. Not many homeowners want to think about the speed of their drains or what materials they send down there. While they’re good practices and can keep your drains clear and your plumbing healthy, we understand if you’re too busy or stressed out during this strange time. So, we’ve got an alternative solution for everyone else.

Why not schedule drain cleaning services with our team on a routine basis? Perhaps every year around the same time we can come and clear your drains of any forming clogs, stubborn waste, and other contaminants that are giving off odors and making you uncomfortable. Routine drain cleaning schedules make things simple and make the process easy for both of us!

Give us a call at Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling for quick and easy drain cleaning services.

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