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Triple-O’s Guide to Drain Cleaning

Clogged drains are an annoyance that almost every homeowner encounters at some point. Professional drain cleaning service is the most reliable method to get rid of tough drain clogs. This type of drain cleaning serves another purpose, which is to help prevent clogs and keep the drains in good shape.

You can rely on us for excellent drain cleaning service in Pittsford, NY to both eliminate clogs and maintain your drains. We use the most advanced tools to provide complete drain cleaning that gets rid of clogs and keeps them from coming back.

Common Causes of Clogs

Clogs happen for a range of reasons. Here are the most common sources for household drains:

  • Hair
  • Soap scum
  • Mineral deposits from hard water
  • Congealed fats, oils, and grease
  • Inorganic trash
  • Small children’s toys
  • Caps and lids
  • Hand-sanitizing wipes

Although you can take steps to keep many of these out of your drains, at some point you’ll have to face a fully stopped-up drain.

When should I call a plumber for a clog?

For simple clogs, you should be able to open up the drain with a plunger (either a sink plunger or toilet plunger) or a drain snake. Both of these tools won’t damage the drain and are easy for anyone to use. If neither of these does the job of clearing out the clog, the next step is to call a plumber. As we’ll explain in the next section, trying to use a chemical “drain cleaner” can have negative effects—no plumber recommends using them.

We also advise you call a plumber if you’re experiencing more than one drain clogging at the same time. This indicates a bigger issue down in the drainage or sewer system that absolutely requires a professional plumber to investigate. If simple clogs keep coming back, you should also call for a plumber, even if you can use basic tools to clear them. Persistent clogs warn that the drains need more powerful professional cleaning.

What shouldn’t I pour down the drain?

Don’t put chemical drain cleaners down any drain. These caustic concoctions don’t remove all the debris from the drain walls, making it easy for clogs to come back. They can also cause damage to the drains and leave toxic residue behind. 

Try to keep as much inorganic matter from going down your drains as possible; we recommend you put in drain covers and drain strainers to catch larger objects and hair that can lead to clogs. For your kitchen drains, don’t pour fats, oils, or grease down them, which will solidify and easily create blockages. Keep as much food waste as possible from the kitchen drains, and use the garbage disposal if you have one. 

Don’t use the bathroom toilet like a trash can; only allow human waste and toilet paper to go into it. And never flush hand-sanitizing wipes down the toilet, even if their packaging claims they’re “flushable.” They’re not.

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