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Most people don’t think too much about their drains or the plumbing system in their homes. We all have a lot going on throughout the day, and our drains are often the last things on our minds. It isn’t until something happens, and the drains aren’t working properly that we start to worry. If the drains in your home are slow or become clogged completely, it can make the simplest tasks like taking a shower, washing your hands, or cleaning a dish difficult or even impossible.
Many people will try to handle a slow or clogged drain on their own using a liquid drain cleaner. The problem with these products is that they don’t always work, and they can cause serious damage to the pipes. If you want to prevent any drain issues in your home, you should consider having a professional drain cleaning service performed.
What Is Involved In a Drain Cleaning Service?
There are a few phases in a professional drain cleaning service. During the first phase, your plumber will put a high-tech camera on the end of a drain snake. The plumber will push the snake through the pipes so that the camera can capture a real-time video of the inside of the pipes. Not only will the video allow the plumber to see any clogs or potential clogs, but it will also be able to see any leaks or damage to the pipes. Next, the plumber will use a high-power snake to remove any clogs in the pipes, as well as any slime or scum that is coating the inside of the pipes. During the final phase, your plumber will discuss any issues that they found within the pipes of your Chattanooga, TN home, and discuss your options.
If you aren’t sure if you would benefit from having a professional service performed, you should know a few of the signs that let you know that you need it.
#1 Slow Drains
If the drain in your Chattanooga, TN home is draining slowly, you should call for a professional service. Slow drains are just the beginning. If the water isn’t going down as quickly as it should, it means that there is either a small clog or slime and scum coating the inside of the pipes. If you don’t have your drains cleaned, it will only be a matter of time before the slow drains won’t drain at all. This is a significant problem that could result in damage to the pipes.
#2 Multiple Drains Are Clogged
If your sinks, shower, and toilet are all clogging at the same time, it is considered an emergency plumbing situation. In this case, you should call for a professional drain cleaning service as quickly as possible. When multiple drains are clogged, there could be a clog in the sewer drain. If this problem goes ignored, it could result in more expensive and time-consuming repairs.
#3 Foul Smells Coming from the Drain
If you walk by your sink and you smell something foul coming up from the drain, you should call a plumber for a professional drain cleaning service. There could be food and debris that is clogging the sink and has created a rotten smell. You can use scented detergents, air fresheners, or scented candles to mask the smell, but this is just a temporary solution. The only way to rid your home of the foul smell is to have the drain professionally cleaned to get rid of whatever it is that is causing the smell in the first place.
#4 Fruit Flies
Fruit flies may be tiny insects, but they multiply so rapidly that they can become a major nuisance. If you have fruit flies near the kitchen sink, but you don’t have any fruit or food out, they are likely coming from your drain. When food waste builds up within the drains, the flies can materialize overnight. Unless you call for a professional drain cleaning service, you aren’t going to get rid of these pesky little insects any time soon. As long as they have food waste to feed off of inside the drain, they aren’t going anywhere. Having the drains cleaned will get rid of the problem.
#5 Strange Sounds Coming From the Drains
If your drains are clean, you shouldn’t hear the water going down the drain and through the pipes. If the drain is clogged, the water running through the pipes won’t go down the way it should. The water will need to change course and push itself through smaller spaces, creating a gurgling sound when you turn on the sink or flush your toilet. This is a sign that if you don’t have a professional drain cleaning service performed, you will soon end up with a completely clogged drain. After the drain has been cleaned, you shouldn’t hear any more sounds when water goes down the drain.
#6 Increased Water Bills
If your water bill is higher than usual, you should call a plumber to have your drain cleaned. There could be a leak within the pipes that you cannot see. During the drain cleaning service, the plumber will be able to see any leaks within the pipes. They will be able to find the leak and repair it before it causes severe water damage. Also, having the leak repaired will bring your water bill back to what you usually pay. The amount that you are charged for the service will pay for itself when your water bills get back to normal.
If you are experiencing any of the issues listed above, you should call Metro Plumbing, Heating and Air for a professional drain cleaning service. Each of our plumbing technicians is licensed, insured, and highly qualified to handle the job. During the
service, we will make sure that your drains are clear, preventing a clog in the future. If our plumber sees anything inside the pipes during the cleaning, we will discuss the issue with you, and the best course of action to rectify the problem. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today.