How Important Are My Home’s Drains?
Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Rochester understands how stressful and messy a clogged drain can be. Your drains have a single responsibility: carrying away wastewater from your home. Typically, wastewater contains particles in it, including dust, dirt, food, and soap. These particles can affect your drains’ water flow and even clog them. You can rely on our plumbing professionals to perform clogged drain cleaning services whenever this happens. We offer five-star drain plumbing services to get wastewater flowing again in residential clogged drains. Even small clogs in your home’s drains can lead to damage, cause odors, and back up your sinks, tubs, and toilets. All your drains flow to the same place, so a problem in one drain can cause issues in your others.
Signs You Have a Clogged Drain
Clogged drains are harder to spot than you might think. People typically notice when water stops flowing and their sinks back up, but this is only one indication you need a drain cleaning. You can tell you have a clog with several other signs. Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Rochester advises you to contact our drain cleaning experts to assess and resolve your problem whenever you notice any of the following signs:
- Bad odors coming from drains
- Backed-up toilets
- Bubbling sounds coming from your toilets
- Slow-draining sinks that gurgle
- Puddles of water on the floor around laundry appliances, bathtubs, sinks, and showers
What Drains Are in My Home?
All your home’s drains have the same function, and Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Rochester has in-depth expertise in all issues affecting them. Drains can clog for different reasons, so finding the best solution typically takes a plumbing professional. We've described various drains in your home and the reasons they clog:
- Bathroom Drains – The most common bathroom drain clog causes include soap, hair, and toothpaste. You can install simple drain covers to collect your loose hairs as they wash out during a shower. We also recommend running hot water when you brush your teeth to ensure your toothpaste doesn't harden in your pipes.
- Kitchen Drains – The main culprits clogging kitchen drains include oil, grease, and bits of food. When you clean your kitchen after a meal, these elements get washed down your drain. Oil and grease are especially harmful because they harden inside your pipes. While garbage disposal can reduce your chance of clogs, you should still avoid washing specific foods down your drain, including fibrous vegetables, meat, and bones.
- Floor Drains – Dust, dirt, and leaves typically clog floor drains around your home. These drains can be found in laundry rooms, basements, and garages. Clogged floor drains can lead to floor damage. While these drains are often out of sight, you should clean them regularly to minimize your chance of clogs.
- Laundry Tubs – These essential features in laundry rooms can experience clogs and backups like any other drain. The detergent, dirt, and fabric fibers can build up in your drain and slow or block water flow.
Helpful Tips on How to Fix Your Clogged Drain
One of the best starting points to identify a clogged drain is figuring out if your sink is draining. If you have a clogged drain, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Rochester provides a list of simple ways to fix it:
- Let your sink drain while preparing a pot or kettle of hot water if it still has some water movement. Boiled water is an effective way to clear clogs due to hardened oils and fats. Carefully pour hot water into your drain after most or all the water drains. Be sure to schedule routine cleanings and inspections to ensure your pipes drain effectively.
- Another simple way to get rid of clogs is using a plunger and drain snake. Sink plungers are smaller and easier to manage, so you can use them to pull a clog close to the drain opening. You can use a drain snake to pull the material out of your pipe after plunging. It would be best to throw away that material in your trash instead of flushing it down your pipe.
- You can try clearing your drain with BioChoice®, an environmentally friendly drain cleaning solution. This cleaner is proven to resolve various types of clogs with less risk of damaging your pipes or impacting the environment.
- Calling a plumber is your next step if you still have a clog. An average drain snake cannot snag clogs that are too deep, including tree roots growing in your pipes and causing clogs. This clog type requires more extensive plumbing solutions.
Schedule Drain Service in Rochester
Mr. Rooter® of Rochester’s residential cleaning services for clogged drains help you keep your drains in top condition. Trying to clean your drain yourself might not be as long-lasting or effective as when a professional plumber performs this service. Our team of plumbing experts will clear your drains quickly and conclusively to ensure your water flows efficiently and unobstructed. Contact us today to request an estimate and schedule plumbing services at your Rochester home.