How Often Should I Schedule Professional Drain Cleaning?

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If your shower is starting to drain a bit slower than usual or you notice yourself having to hit the garbage disposal more frequently, it might be time to schedule professional drain cleaning. Whether you notice physical signs or not, professional plumbers recommend professionally cleaning your drains once a year.  

In this article, our guys at Maston’s explain why that recommendation stands and the benefits of annual drain cleaning.  

plumber using a drain snake in a bathroom sink

What Does Professional Drain Cleaning Involve? 

When you hire a professional plumber to clean your drains, they will typically start with a motorized drain auger or drain snake to remove any obstructions within the drainpipe. This gets rid of basic obstacles or troubles that may be causing clogs.  

We additionally use a water jet that gets rid of any particularly fussy bits of grime on your pipe walls. This jet uses a high-pressure stream to blast any gunk buildup from the system. Cleaning unwanted coatings off the pipe walls not only gets rid of any clogs but prevents any from forming down the road. 

What Materials Does Professional Drain Cleaning Get Rid Of? 

Drain cleaning can get rid of several problematic substances that may accumulate in your pipes. Fortunately, professional drain cleaning can reverse some of the damage caused by the following materials. 

Grease  

Pouring grease down the drain is never a good idea, even if you use hot water or dishwashing liquid to “flush it down.” Grease residue will coat the walls of your inner pipes and build up and harden over time. This can be challenging to remove, so you will definitely need the help of a professional.  

Calcium and Magnesium Buildup 

Oklahoma is known for its hard water, which contains high levels of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Water flows through your pipes and leaves this residue behind. Over time, it will cause undesirable stains and scaling.  

Oklahoma water contains a lot of minerals, which can damage your pipes over time. 

Food Waste 

There are plenty of foods and food-related items that will not adequately break down, such as: 

  • Fibrous vegetables 
  • Eggshells 
  • Produce stickers  
  • Grease 
  • Oil 
  • Coffee grounds 
  • Meat bones 
  • Nuts 

These items should never go down the drain, y’all. If you think you’re dealing with a clog because of these foods, it’s time to call a pro for drain cleaning.  

Soap Buildup  

Believe it or not, bar soap can re-solidify in your drains, causing soap scum. Layers of soap will eventually build up so that you need a licensed plumber to come and help you out. 

Small Objects  

If you’re not careful, small objects, such as jewelry or children’s toys, can end up going down your drain and causing a major headache.  

If possible, protect your drains with drain guards and keep the toilet lid closed when you aren’t using the restroom. 

The Benefits of Professional Drain Cleaning 

There are many benefits of hiring a pro to clear out your drains.  

Remove Unwanted Odors  

You can probably imagine there is a range of unpleasant smells that can waft up from your pipes. These may be caused by: 

  • Sewage 
  • Calcium buildup 
  • Grease 
  • Bacteria
  • Dirty garbage disposals 
  • Foreign objects  

Flushing your drains with the help of a pro will reset that stink so you can wash dishes without holding your breath. 

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Prevent a Full Blockage  

When enough problematic substances build up in your system, home remedies aren’t going to do the trick. Annual drain cleaning helps you avoid complete blockages that cause harmful pressure build-up, which could result in permanent damage to your pipes. 

Speeds Up Water Flow and Drain  

No one wants to stand in inches of water when taking a shower or have to wash dishes in a slow-draining sink. Drain cleaning ensures you don’t have to deal with these inconveniences.  

a drain snake pulling up hair that was clogged in a bathtub drain

Stay Clear and Clean with Maston’s 

Whether you’re dealing with clogged pipes or it’s been over a year since your last professional cleaning, call our reliable team at Maston’s Plumbing and Drain.  

We’ll take care of any plumbing maintenance needs or emergencies in record time and with premium quality. Plus, our guys are super friendly and will brighten up your day! There’s no need to stress about your plumbing with Maston’s on your side. Call today – (918) 393-4025. 

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