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Every year or two, you should get the drains in your home cleaned. Professional drain cleaning services are gentle on the plumbing, will get rid of disgusting odors and will ensure that your plumbing works in optimal condition again. It also lengthens the overall life of your plumbing, so you can save a lot of money on repairs and replacements in the future.
You can easily get drain cleaning services from just about any plumber. Here, at bluefrog Plumbing + Drain, we offer a wide variety of plumbing services, including drain cleaning services in many areas of Texas, including Richardson, TX. Once the drains are cleaned, here are 5 things that you can do to make sure that the cleaning lasts.
#1. Be Mindful of What You Wash Down the Drain
One of the most important things that you need to do after getting your drains cleaned is to be mindful of what you wash down the sink. If you just got your kitchen drains cleaned, you’ll want to make sure that you don’t wash any grease or food items down the drain, as you’ll only be contributing to a bigger issue in the future. If the washroom drains are cleaned, you’ll want to make sure that you don’t accidentally wash any toothpaste down the sink or that you tie up your hair before washing your face, so minimal hair falls down the drain. The more mindful that you are, the less likely you’ll need cleaning services in the immediate future.
Here’s an interesting tip that most people don’t know. You might want to switch up your soap. Soap scum is one of the number one causes of clogged drains. Soap scum is incredibly difficult to remove as well. The more mindful that you are, the better condition your plumbing will be in.
#2. Install a Drain Protector
On top of being mindful of what you wash down the drain, you should also consider installing a drain protector. These little gadgets tend to be relatively cheap and will prevent trinkets, small items, debris and even hair from getting washed down the drain. To make sure that the drain protector works as advertised, make sure that you clean it out once a day. Otherwise, it’s possible for small items to get through the gadget.
Look for a drain protector with a good grip, and one that will easily fit into the drain. Consider the type of material that the drain protector is made of as well. Usually, most homeowners opt for rubber, as it is the easiest to wash. However, metal drain protectors tend to offer a finer mesh, and will last for a longer period of time.
#3. Pour Hot Water Down the Drain Once a Week
It’s important to melt away any residue that may be building up inside the plumbing as soon as possible. You don’t want to give any chemicals or substances a chance to build up at all. One easy way that you can keep the drains clean is to pour hot water down the drain at least once a week. The idea behind this is that the hot water will melt away or dislodge any residue or sediment that has accumulated inside the plumbing. Essentially, it’s like giving the plumbing a quick cleaning.
Please note that we’re not talking about hot tap water here. For this to work, you’re going to need boiling hot water, which means that you’re going to boil some water on the stove. You should know the type of plumbing that you have before you proceed. Do not use boiling water if you have PVC pipes, as water that’s hotter than 175 degrees Fahrenheit can soften some pipes.
#4. Avoid Using Drain Cleaning Chemicals
It may be tempting to use drain cleaning chemicals if your sinks ever appear a bit clogged. After a good drain cleaning, everything inside the plumbing is like new. The cleaning will have removed any residue or chemicals that may have clung to the inside of the plumbing. The last thing that you want to do is to create a layer of residue again. Due to this reason, avoid using any type of drain cleaning solution or chemical after you’ve gotten your drains cleaned. If you do, you may end up damaging your plumbing.
#5. Install a Water Softener
Minerals in water can easily get deposited inside the plumbing. This sediment can then cause clogs and can be rather difficult to clean or wash away. If your plumbers have mentioned that the hard water in your area is causing you to need to get your drains cleaned more often, you should really consider installing a water softener. A water softener will remove all of the calcium and magnesium ions in the water and replace it with salt or sodium ions. This is not only beneficial to your plumbing, but is also beneficial to you. Soft water is much more gentle on the skin. It may help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines in the long run.
Choosing the right type of water softener can be incredibly difficult if you don’t have any experience at all. Thankfully, our plumbers can take a look at your existing plumbing system and recommend a model and unit that fits your home. We’ll also look for a model that’s compatible with your other plumbing appliances and fixtures.
Schedule a Drain Cleaning Service with Us Today
Are you looking for drain cleaning services or some other type of plumbing service? We got you covered! We service many areas of Texas, like Richardson, TX, and offer affordable plumbing services and excellent craftsmanship and work. You’ll be more than impressed with our services.
To learn more about the services that we offer or to book an appointment, contact us at bluefrog Plumbing + Drain through our online form or give us a call at 469-214-2582. Our plumbers will answer your questions and concerns as soon as possible.