Why Drain Maintenance is Important

Homeowner cleaning out their kitchen sink drain.

When you really think about it, our drains go through a lot in any given week. Between soap, toothpaste, food particles and other grease, what you flush down your drains can really take a toll on your home’s plumbing system. While cleaning and maintaining your drains might not always be top of mind, you should be treating it as a common household chore.

In order to minimize blockages and plumbing issues in your home, we’re sharing reasons why drain maintenance is important and how often your home’s drains should be cleaned.

Benefits of Drain Cleaning

Fewer Clogs

Small blockages in your sinks or bathtub can definitely be annoying. While most of them are minor and can be fixed by the homeowner, regularly cleaning your drains can prevent these clogs from happening. When these smaller blockages are ignored, an even bigger blockage can happen which will most likely require professional cleaning. Basic tasks like cleaning hair out of the shower drain can make the biggest difference.

Eliminates Odors

When grease and other food particles go down the drain, they can get trapped and leave an odor behind. While there might be a minor smell when you flush water down your drain, if there is a distinct, lingering odor that doesn’t seem to go away, contact our team at Fix It Fast Plumbing Heating & Air. We’ll come right to your home, diagnose the problem, and clean your drain professionally to remove any foul odors.

Save Money on Repairs

Maintaining your drains at home will save you money down the line as you won’t need as many professional repairs. The less blockages you have, the less you’ll have to pay for your local plumbing company to come out and clean your drains.

Longer Lifespan

With regular drain cleaning, you will actually be increasing the lifespan of your drain because you will be preventing food particles, soap scum, and other debris from accumulating and causing damage over time.

Faster Drainage

Do you ever notice after you run water that it stands in your sink and slowly gurgles its way down? Regular drain cleaning will prevent standing water in your fixtures and will also allow the water to drain quickly and efficiently.

When Should You Clean Your Drains?

Deciding how often you should clean your drains depends on how many people live in your house as well as how often you use all of the drains in your home. If you live in a household of 2 or 3 people, you’ll most likely be fine with cleaning your drains on an as needed basis. Larger families should be treating drain cleaning as part of their common household chores.

We also recommend speaking with our team at Fix It Fast Plumbing Heating & Air to discuss options for annual maintenance. Blocked drains are not something any family wants to deal with, especially a larger family. Clogs are a serious inconvenience and you don’t want to wait until the problem occurs to consider professional cleaning.

How to Clean Your Drains

While many homeowners resort to store-bought chemical drain cleaners, these solutions are very harsh on your pipes and can do more harm than good. Keep in mind that chemical drain cleaners only provide a temporary solution as well.

If you are looking for a less harsh DIY solution, try adding half a cup of baking soda down the drain paired with half a cup of vinegar. Let it sit for about 15 minutes while the drain is plugged and after that, pour hot water down the drain. This will help clear out clogs as well as get rid of any lingering foul odors.

Moorpark Drain Cleaning

At Fix It Fast Plumbing Heating & Air, we’re equipped to handle all drain problems, no matter how big or small. Whether you have years of build up or a minor blockage, we’ll finish the job fast and at a reasonable price. Call us today at (805) 600-2330 to learn more about our drain cleaning services!