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How Often Do You Need To Clean The Drains In Your Home?

January 23, 2024 | Blog

Protect Your Plumbing With Drain Maintenance

In the active homes of McComb, our drainage systems are constantly at work. Each day, from the first splash of a morning shower to the last rinse of the dinner dishes, every ounce of water and scrap of waste travels through this essential network.

At Southern Air Mississippi, we recognize the importance of keeping these drains in top condition. It’s crucial to know not just how — but also how often to perform maintenance. Learn more with help from our team for the smooth operation of your plumbing system.

The Importance Of Regular Drain Cleaning

In McComb, where the climate and water quality can contribute to the buildup in pipes, homeowners should receive a whole house drain cleaning every year. A thorough drain flushing can provide the following benefits for your home:

  • Prevent blockages
  • Extend pipe lifespan
  • Avoid costly repairs

Choosing to neglect maintenance can cause unpleasant odors, slow draining and severe pipe damage. Take steps to troubleshoot these issues before they cause problems in your home.

How To Perform DIY Drain Maintenance

While an annual flushing can reduce the risk of buildup, clogs are still possible at any time. It’s important to take the proper steps to ensure your drains are clean year-round.

Know What Items Are A Drainage No-Go

Once the waste slips down your drain, it makes its way down your pipes. This is an easy route for the liquids you drink, but there are some items that should never go down your drain.

For toilets, this includes wipes and paper towels. In your sink, you may be tempted to wash away grease, coffee grounds or starchy leftovers. However, these are all items that can increase the risk of buildup. Before dumping anything down your drain, be sure that your plumbing system can dispose of it safely.

Familiarize Yourself With Simple Plumbing Fixes

If you notice that your drains are struggling to get rid of waste, try some at-home approaches to solve the issue.

A plunger is a handy tool for unclogging not just toilets but sinks and tubs too! To use one, fill the sink or tub with a small amount of water to cover the plunger’s cup. Firmly press the plunger over the drain and plunge it several times. This action creates pressure and suction that can dislodge clogs.

You can also keep a drain snake on hand to address any buildup that may have developed. This device can go into your drain, latch onto the blockage and pull it back up.

Be Mindful Of How Hair Impacts Drainage

When it comes to bathtub and shower clogs, hair is a common culprit. Over time, the hair that washes away can tangle and get caught inside your pipes. This is evident when the water levels in your shower start rising, filling the tub faster than it can flow away!

To combat this issue, consider placing hair catchers over your drain. This can limit how much hair makes its way down your pipes, keeping your plumbing protected.

Common Drain Maintenance Mistakes

Preventive maintenance is always more beneficial than reactive measures. It helps avoid the inconvenience and costs associated with major issues.

We’re here to share common maintenance mistakes people make so that you can protect your pipes:

  • Ignoring early signs of clogs — Slow drainage, unusual gurgling noises and pooling water indicate it’s time for a clean-up. Ignoring these signs allows the problem to worsen.
  • Pouring boiling water down drains — While this is a step in many online remedies, it can actually have disastrous consequences for some materials. Don’t pour boiling water down your pipes unless you know all parts, including the connections, can handle this heat.
  • Not knowing when to call a professional — Attempting complex plumbing tasks without understanding the proper techniques can worsen the problem. If you have any questions about your drains, always reach out to our professionals.

If you’re having trouble clearing blockages, trust Southern Air Mississippi to provide high-quality care. We have the training and skills to return efficiency to your plumbing systems!

Call Southern Air Mississippi For Drain Cleaning Services

For those times when DIY methods aren’t enough, Southern Air Mississippi is here to help. Our professionals are well-versed in the unique plumbing challenges of McComb and are here to provide top-notch service!

Don’t wait for a plumbing emergency. Contact Southern Air Mississippi today for expert advice and service!

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