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We want the drainage systems in our houses to be trouble-free and something we can always count on.

Those who have been through the expense and trouble of a plumbing emergency to clear drain clogs and repair burst pipes tend to be more careful about what goes down the drain. Properly maintained, your drains can remain clear for many clog-free years.

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What We Cannot See Can Cause Harm

It is easy to neglect our drains. Out of sight is out of mind, and our drains are no exception. It is easy to forget that many things should never be permitted to go down the drain. Similarly, the garbage disposal is not meant to used as a solid waste eliminator.

Our drains are intended for liquid waste. The disposal is not meant to “dispose all.” It is situated in the side of the sink where you are expected to do the washing or rinsing of the dishes, cleaning produce from the market, and so on.

Even with that, it is advised to use a trap to collect the solid pieces so that you can throw them out in the trash can. In some households, the vegetable waste is captured and composted for use in adding healthy enrichment to growing soils.

Best Practice for the Disposal

If you want to maintain clear drains, it is best not to use your disposal as a waste processor. You need to run it after any work you do in the sinks to ensure whatever has collected there gets reduced to the smallest matter that will rinse through with water. It is also advised to allow water to run a little longer after the disposer is turned off to help flush the particles.

Items such as eggshells and coffee grounds are treacherous for the health of your pipes. The best practice is to be mindful of what is going down your drains.

Other items to purposely avoid allowing down the drain are grease, oils and solid food particles and pieces.

Furthermore, think about where the drainage ends up. Typically, what goes down the sewer line ends up in the environment.

Therefore, solvents or other chemical fluids from perhaps artwork or crafting should not be flushed down the drains. Potentially hazardous elements should be properly disposed of.

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How Blockages Occur

It is a simple assumption that the disposer can handle these things. However, if you think about your drains as arteries, it is easier to understand how they can get backed up. Elements such as coffee grounds are heavy in the water and settle on the bottom of the pipes. This helps trap other items that would otherwise flow out of the pipes.

Over time, this build-up presents the possibility of turning into a clog. Residue build-up also lines the inner pipelines. This is why it is often recommended that you try sending hot water down the drain to either soften or melt some of this residue.

Following this with cold water to flush the remaining material is also recommended. If this does not solve the issue of either slow drains or clogged drains, you could be facing a blockage. This is when you could use a plumber for snaking the drain. Clearing debris is the first order of business.

Our Team of Certified Plumbers are Prepared to Solve Your Drain Problems

At Williams & Fogg Mechanical, our expert plumbing service professionals are equipped and prepared to use sophisticated technology to determine exactly what is going on inside your drain systems. We can be in and out performing drain line clearing in quick fashion with little disturbance to your home.

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Each drain has its job to do, which is primarily to allow the fluid matter to travel through and out of the house. You want that system to remain clear and functional to keep the waste waters from backing up on you from a clog.

The same goes for the toilet, which acts as one huge drain to carry our physical waste safely away.

There are many people who operate under the false impression that the toilet is just one big waste receptacle. In a sense, yes, it is, but that waste matter is soluble.

Many of the items tossed into the toilet are not, and these are the elements that do their damaging work of collecting and clogging up the huge drain. Never put hair down the toilet. Try to keep toys and other small items from going down the sewer line.

Some signs to watch out for with clogged drains are:

  • Slow drains that take an extra-long time for the water to flow out
  • Toilets that do not flush properly – sometimes needing more than one flush to clear
  • Drains, tubs, sinks or toilets that are backed up
  • Unpleasant odors emanating from the drains

Avoid Using Chemical Drain Cleaning Products

Chemical drain cleaners are loud and proud in the advertising about their effectiveness. Be aware, however, that these caustic chemicals can do a lot of damage to your drain system while never quite clearing drain clogs. That is because you need rooter service to get to the impediment and knock it down.

Residents of Richmond use our rooter and drain cleaning services to regularly maintain their pipelines. We provide both residential and commercial drain service, using only state-of-the-art tools and equipment. This allows us to perform efficient and affordable drain cleaning and can detect any areas along the pipeline that may be damaged by root intrusion.

If you are experiencing slow drains, clogged drains or are dealing with water backing up in sinks and tubs, contact us today to help solve your drain issues. We are happy to show you how affordable it is to establish a routine maintenance program to keep your drain systems running smoothly and problem-free.

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