Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Importance of Regular Drain Cleaning

Keeping your drains clear and free from the buildup of grease, soap, fat, and debris is key to keeping your plumbing system in good working order. Here are some of the benefits gained by regularly cleaning your drains. 

  • Improve the lifespan of your plumbing - regular drain cleaning keeps your pipes in good condition and helps you avoid the build-up of material that can damage your pipes. 
  • Prevent catastrophic backups - If you have damaged pipes or encroaching tree roots, you may be on your way to a major failure. Catching problems in the early stages helps prevent big problems such as a sewage backup or flooding basement.
  • Reduce expenses - When you keep your drains in good shape, you also reduce your chances of major problems requiring expensive emergency calls to a plumber. You also avoid pricier, more complicated plumbing repairs down the road. 

Drain Cleaning Methods

When a clogged drain is the result of a minor clog, you may have success clearing it with a plunger. For slow draining or blocked sinks, you might be tempted to reach for a chemical drain cleaner. However, these cleaners run the risk of damaging your pipes.
Instead, if the problem persists, it is a good idea to call in the professionals. There are two main methods used for clearing blockages in drains.

Drain Augers

More commonly known as drain snakes, drain augers are long, flexible cords with an auger (a kind of corkscrew piece) at the end. The cord is inserted into the pipe, beginning with the auger. Once the blockage is reached, the cord is turned with either a motor or hand crank, basically drilling into the clog. The build-up of material can either be pulled out or broken up and flushed out.  


A newer and more sophisticated method of drain clearing is the use of high-pressure water and high temperatures called hydro jetting. A water line with a nozzle is inserted into the pipe with the clog. A jet-stream of scalding hot water is discharged into the pipe, scouring the pipe interior.
The combination of power and heat cuts through the blockage and breaks it down into a sludge. The material is flushed out of the pipes and into the sewer.
Hydro-jetting is very effective at clearing your pipes without causing any damage to your pipes or joints.

Consider Scheduling Regular Service

Setting up a regular drain cleaning service is easy with Blue Mountain Plumbing, Heating and Cooling. We service Denver and the surrounding metro area. Call today at (720) 839-4015.

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