Why Are Your Home’s Drains Important?
It’s not uncommon for homeowners in Clare or Big Rapids, MI to take their home’s drains for granted. However, that can all change when you experience a clogged drain. The sole job of your drains is to carry wastewater away from your home. That wastewater can contain particles of dust, dirt, food, soap, and other debris, slowing down the flow of water and leading to clogged drains. Ignoring a clogged drain is not recommended as it may lead to back-ups in your sinks, bathtubs, and toilets and can also cause property damage and foul odors. An issue with one drain in your home can lead to problems in other drains, so we recommend giving us a call as soon as you notice any signs of a clogged drain.
Signs You Have a Clogged Drain
While some signs of clogged drains are somewhat obvious, others require a more in-depth knowledge of a residential plumbing system. When water stops flowing or gets backed up, you probably have a clogged drain. Our professional plumbers offer drain cleaning services for clogged drains and will start with a thorough inspection before using the best solution to solve your problem. Schedule an appointment with Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Mid-Michigan for clogged drain repairs if you notice any of the following signs of a clogged drain:
- Backed up toilets
- Foul odors coming from your drains
- Soggy areas of your landscaping
- Puddles of water near your sinks, showers, bathtubs, or laundry appliances
- Bubbling sounds coming from your toilets
- Sinks that drain slowly while making gurgling sounds
Cleaning & Repairing All Types of Drains
All the drains in your home perform essentially the same function, but not all drains are exactly the same. Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Mid-Michigan offers residential clogged drain cleaning services for many types of drains, including the following:
- Kitchen Drains – Whether you do a lot of cooking or order out, your kitchen drains can easily become clogged by food particles, grease, and oils. Do your best to avoid putting any grease or oil down the kitchen sink because those substances can harden inside the plumbing pipes. You should also avoid putting any meat, bones, or fibrous vegetables down the garbage disposal.
- Bathroom Drains – Your bathroom drains can become clogged fairly easily, thanks to hair and all the household products we use, such as toothpaste and soap. Try installing a drain cover for your bathtub and bathroom sinks to catch hair before it goes down the drain. While brushing your teeth, run hot water to prevent your toothpaste from hardening inside the plumbing pipes.
- Floor Drains – You might not notice your home’s floor drains very often, but they can get clogged just as easily as your bathroom and kitchen drains can. Floor drains are often located in garages, basements, and laundry rooms. A floor drain can easily become clogged by dirt, dust, leaves, and other various debris. Clogged floor drains can result in floor damage, so be sure to have them cleaned out by our professionals on occasion.
Determining Whether You Have a Clogged Drain
It’s highly recommended that you leave drain unclogging to our professionals, especially in the event of a significant clog, such as from invading tree roots. With that being said, there are a few things that you can do to determine if you have a clog and attempt to clear a minor clog. Try these DIY steps and be sure to give us a call if they are ineffective or if you prefer to leave everything to our plumbers:
- Prepare a pot or kettle of hot water if your sink is draining slowly. Use that water to clear your clogged drain if it has been caused by hardened fats or oils.
- Carefully pour your hot water into the drain after most or all of the water has drained from your sink.
- Schedule routine cleaning and drain inspections as a preventative measure.
- Use a plunger and snake drain to unclog your drains. Start with the plunger to relocate the drain clog to the top of the drain, and then use the snake to pull the clog out of your pipe.
- Throw away any clogged material in the trash can because flushing it down the pipes will lead to another clog.
Schedule Professional Drain Cleaning Today
Now that you’re somewhat of an expert on clogged drains, it’s time to call in the true experts to unclog your drains. Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Mid-Michigan is proud to keep your home’s drains operating smoothly, and we offer preventative maintenance that can save you time, money, and hassle. Contact us today to schedule service or request a job estimate