Plumbing isn’t something most homeowners think about until there’s a major leak or a revolting pond of sewage backed up in the basement. Keeping track of all the demands of home maintenance can be overwhelming, especially when the problem is literally inside the walls. Leaving your plumbing to go untreated can lead to some very damaging and expensive repairs.
Cracked foundations, damaged floors, mold, and mildew, backed up sewage, sinkholes, and even your home settling are all symptoms of damaged plumbing. The good news is that you can prevent these problems from antagonizing your home and your wallet. The answer is cleaning your drains.
No homeowner wants to spend thousands of dollars to fix their plumbing, but dirty pipes left untreated can corrode and break. Eventually, you’ll have to replace the piping in your house, but taking care of your plumbing can prevent that expense from happening anytime soon. Over time, things like soap, hair, food, and grease can build up and clog your pipes. Using chemical drain cleaners can do the trick, but they can’t reach stubborn clogs where food and sludge are stuck to the pipe walls.
A chemical drain cleaner is a good fast term solution, but it’ll only clear out a portion large enough for water and waste to pass through. The chemicals in a drain cleaner are also very toxic, not only to your health but to your plumbing as using them over time will corrode the pipes. It’s important to clean your drains, and sometimes using chemical cleaners is inevitable, at least until you contact a professional plumber. Here’s what you can do to prevent clogged, damaged drains.
First and foremost, they can identify what exactly is wrong with your plumbing. They can diagnose the problem quickly and effectively using methods like a camera inspection, where they can take high res footage and pictures from inside your plumbing. Plumbers not only know where to look, they have the right tools. It’s important to remember that working with plumbing can be dangerous as you’re dealing with hot water and heavy plumbing fixtures. DIY projects can be a great way to save money, but unless you know exactly what you’re doing, you could be doing more harm to your pipes than good. If there’s something wrong with your plumbing, there are a few different ways plumbers can treat your pipes.
Hydro-jetting is one of the most effective ways to thoroughly clean your pipes, it uses a very high pressurize jet of water to spray clean everything stuck inside. It’s a particularly good method for very stubborn clogs, or removing tree roots. If the issue is much worse than dirty, clogged pipes, however, it might be time for a plumber to replace your pipes. It’s best to consult with your plumber first before you go replacing pipes, but if the damage is serious, you might not have a choice. Sometimes you can get away with just replaced what’s exposed versus all the piping hidden inside your walls, but it really depends on the problem.
Untreated pipes can lead to devastating damages. If you think something is wrong with your plumbing, don’t wait until there’s a sewage backup. Call a plumber immediately.
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