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May 03,2018

Drain Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Have you been struggling with frequent clogs and overflowing sinks? Getting tired of flooded floors and plungers? Maintaining your homes drains is essential to keeping the water flowing freely within your plumbing system. Drain blockages are a common household issue, but thankfully there are ways for you to fix the problem. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Pittsburgh, we provide premium commercial and residential services in Pittsburgh, Bethel Park, Cranberry, Irwin, Uniontown, Beaver Falls, North Hills, Washington, Ross Township, Dormant, Penn Hills, McKeesport and other surrounding Pennsylvania communities. We have helped many home and businesses protect their pipes, and we want to help you do the same. Here are a few suggestions for keeping your drains clean and well maintained for years to come.

Avoid Potentially Damaging Solutions

Its common for property owners to use caustic chemicals, powerful motorized snakes or coat hangers to remove materials from their pipes and drains. These solutions can actually do more harm than good however, particularly if theyre implemented frequently by an untrained individual. Pouring gallons of drain cleaner down your pipes can cause early corrosion in metals, and may melt PVC or PEX pipes. In addition, improper use of snakes or handmade devices can scratch the interior of the pipe, weakening them and eventually causing irreparable damage. Avoid unnecessary repair or early replacement by using the appropriate drain cleaning and clog removal techniques.

Clean Drains Weekly with a Baking Soda Solution

Make a habit of caring for your drains by adding it to your weekly cleaning schedule. Place one cup of baking soda in the drain, followed by one cup of vinegar. Cover the drain and let it sit for ten minutes while the solution works its way through the accumulated grime, then pour hot water down the sink or tub for several minutes to release any debris.

Maintain Good Habits

There are many bad habits that can cause frequent clogs. Improper use of your garbage disposal, pouring cooking grease down the kitchen sink, or flushing feminine products down your toilet are all clog causing actions that can be avoided. Remember not to place egg shells, coffee grounds, or fat into your sinks, use a hair strainer in the shower, and make sure your toddler doesnt flush a siblings Lego blocks down your toilet, and youll be on your way to clearer pipes in no time.

Schedule Regular Professional Drain Cleanings

Once or twice a year, its a good idea to call a professional plumber for a routine drain cleaning and plumbing inspection. Plumbers have specialized skills and equipment that can restore your clog prone pipes to a better state of health.

Get Rid of Larger Blockages with Hydro Jetting Services

Sometimes, frequent backups are caused by a bigger problem. Root growth is particularly common in older homes, as nearby trees, shrubs and plants are attracted to the nutrient rich materials found inside your sewer line. Roots will catch everything that makes its way down your pipes, causing massive clogs located deep inside your plumbing system. Conventional methods simply wont eliminate this kind of issue. Thankfully, there is a solution. Hydro jetting involves the use of high powered water jets that force break apart roots and debris, and clean away layers of grime that have accumulated on the walls of your pipes. If the root growth was severe enough to create large leaks, cracks of fissures in your pipe material, a professionally trained plumber can install a trenchless pipe liner. In a single afternoon, your pipes will be as good as new, without the hassles, headaches or expense of a complete pipe replacement.

Need Quality Drain Cleaning in Pittsburgh, PA? Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Pittsburgh Today

Are you interested in a professional drain cleaning, hydro jetting service or trenchless pipe liner installation? Then call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Pittsburgh right away. Our team of licensed and insured plumbers are ready to help you take back control of your plumbing system.

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