How Important Are My Home’s Drains?
Mr. Rooter Plumbing of the Tri-Valley is well-versed in how messy and stressful a clogged drain can be to homeowners. Your drains have one task to perform: channeling wastewater out of and away from your home. Typically, there are particles in your wastewater, including dust, dirt, soap, and food. These particles may build up in your plumbing system, slowing water flow and even clogging your drains. When a clog occurs, our service professionals can quickly complete clogged drain cleaning services. Our unbeatable drain plumbing services will get wastewater flowing down your drain again as part of our residential plumbing solutions. Small clogs can cause damage to your home while causing Odors and leading to sink, tub, and toilet drain backups. When one drain has a problem, it can cause problems in other drains around your home because all drains flow to the same place.
Signs Your Drain Has a Clog
Clogged drains are sometimes more difficult to identify than you might assume. People tend to spot a clog when water flow stops, and they get backed-up sinks, but this indication is only one of many telling your drain needs professional cleaning. You should watch out for several other signs in your drains. Mr. Rooter Plumbing of the Tri-Valley urges you to contact our drain-cleaning service professionals to assess your slow or stopped drain and resolve it whenever any of the following signs show up:
- Slow-draining and gurgling sinks
- Bad Odors coming from your drains.
- Toilets making bubbling sounds.
- Backed-up toilets.
- Water puddles on your floor around sinks, bathtubs, showers, and laundry appliances
What Drains Can I Find in My Home?
All drains in your home share the same function, and Mr. Rooter Plumbing of the Tri-Valley has ample experience addressing all issues affecting residential drains. You can develop a drain clog for different reasons, so a service professional is typically the best person to trust to find a conclusive solution. We've outlined various home drains and the reasons they can develop clogs:
- Bathroom Drains – Soap, hair, and toothpaste are typical materials responsible for clogging bathroom drains. Installing a simple drain cover over your shower drain can effectively collect your loose hairs washing out whenever you bathe. Another excellent method is running hot water while brushing your teeth to prevent toothpaste from hardening in your pipes.
- Kitchen Drains – Oil, grease, and bits of food are the most common culprits for kitchen drain clogs. When cleaning your kitchen after making breakfast, lunch, or dinner, these elements wash down your drain and may collect in your pipes. Oil and grease can be the worst problem because they stick to your pipe walls and harden. A garbage disposal is helpful, but you must also avoid letting specific foods wash down your drain, including meat, fibrous vegetables, and bones.
- Floor Drains – Dust, dirt, and leaves commonly lead to clogs in your floor drains. These drains are typically in basements, garages, and laundry rooms, and clogs in floor drains can result in floor damage. While you may not see these drains every day like those in your bathroom or kitchen, you should be sure to clean them regularly to prevent costly damage.
DIY Solutions to Try Before Contacting Us
The best place to start when determining if you have a clogged drain is to figure out if your sink drains as it should. If your drain has a clog, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of the Tri-Valley recommends trying the following simple ways to fix it before contacting us:
- If there’s still some water movement in your drain, let the water drain while heating a pot or kettle of water. Boiled water is highly effective at clearing clogs formed by hardened fats and oil. After the water drains all or most of the way, carefully pour the kettle of hot water into your drain. We strongly recommend scheduling routine inspections and cleanings to ensure your pipes continue draining effectively.
- A plunger and drain snake are simple and effective tools to remove clogged material from your drains. You can use a smaller and easier-to-manage sink plunger to bring the clog near the top. After plunging, you can use a drain snake to pull the material from your pipe. Instead of flushing the clogged material down the pipe you just cleared, you should throw it away in your trash.
- Your next step is to call a service professional if neither method listed above resolves your clog. Some clogs may be too deep in your pipes to remove with an average drain snake, such as tree roots growing into your plumbing. This clog type calls for more extensive pipe-clearing services.
Schedule Service in San Ramon, CA & Beyond
Mr. Rooter Plumbing of the Tri-Valley will gladly respond to requests and ensure your drains stay in top condition with our residential cleaning services for clogged drains. Making drain cleaning a DIY project might give you the same effective or long-lasting results as when our service professionals perform this plumbing task. Our highly trained and experienced team will complete quick and conclusive drain cleaning to restore water flow in your plumbing system. Get in touch with us today to request an estimate and schedule a convenient appointment date and time at your San Ramon, CA home.