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As a homeowner, you probably don’t think much about your drains – until it becomes an emergency! Regular drain cleaning can help our Boulder, CO friends and neighbors from suffering through clogged toilets, slow-draining tubs and showers, and stinky kitchen sink back-ups. If you don’t have regular drain cleaning part of your home’s preventative maintenance schedule, now is the time to start! bluefrog Plumbing + Drain in the Boulder, CO area, can get you ready to go and reduce the chances of a plumbing emergency!
Does Your Home Need Drain Cleaning?
In a word? Yes! Every home and business need drain cleaning services, by a professional experienced in removing debris and clogs without harming your home or pipes. Professional plumbers have the high-tech equipment to inspect the pipes in your home and remove everything, from solid mater to food to hair clumps.
Clogged drains may be contributing to odors and fruit flies in your kitchen. If you notice that you can’t get rid of these pests, a freshly cleaned and unclogged drain can help! You may have gone nose blind to certain smells in your kitchen or bathrooms, but visitors may not. Make sure that your home is able to help you put your best foot forward.
The Drain Cleaning Process
If you’ve never had drain cleaning in your home cleaned before, you may have many questions. That’s ok – we’ve got answers!
Appraising Your Home
The team at bluefrog starts your drain cleaning process with an analysis of your home, including its age, any pip replacements or upgrades you’ve completed, and the kinds of pipes installed in your home. We may ask questions to get a better idea of what kinds of clog you have and in order to determine which extraction process we’ll use.
Examining the Drains
We use a small camera, threaded through the pipes in your home to help us spot what’s inside. We also use the camera to help our techs guide the tools we use to extract the clogs and clean out your pipes. It’s important to us not to use harsh chemicals when cleaning your drains, as repeated use, especially for older homes, can cause the material of the pipes to weaken, which can cause the pipes to leak or even burst
The Cleaning Process
When we clean your drains, we’ll make sure to protect your fixtures, plumbing, and flooring, ensuring that your home is clean and undamaged. Once we’ve completed cleaning the drains, we’ll thoroughly clean the areas, leaving your home better than before! At bluefrog, we always test each drain and set of pipes we’ve cleaned to ensure that all the clogs are removed, including a visual inspection.
Common Drain Problems in Your Home
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially when it comes to the pipes in your house. Reducing the occurrence of clogs makes the drain cleaning process easier and can help you have peace of mind that you won’t experience plumbing disasters. While bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of North Denver, CO can handle any emergency that Boulder pipes can throw at us, we also know that no one wants leaking pipes or clogged drains. Here are ways to prevent them.
In the Bathroom
To reduce the buildup of “shower weasels,” or hair clogs, install drain traps on your tubs and showers. These can catch most of the hair shed from bathing but be sure to pop them out and clean them regularly. You can also purchase a small plastic wand with barbs that can be inserted a couple of feet into the shower or tub drain to remove any more hair.
For the Toilet
Just because some items can be flushed doesn’t mean that they should. Things like condoms and sanitary napkins and tampons shouldn’t be flushed. These don’t break down in the sewer pipes and can reduce the effectiveness of the toilet’s flushing and waste removal. Other things that many people think are fine to flush include flushable wipes, baby wipes, paper towels, and facial tissue. Unfortunately, these are designed to hold their structure when used, not disintegrate in the sewer.
Over time, paper products that aren’t toilet paper can grow into large clogs and block not just the pipes in your house, but in the city’s sewer system, too. Do your part to reduce clogs and make sure that everything except toilet tissue and waste is thrown away in the trash.
Keeping the Kitchen Drains Clean
There are several things that should never be placed in the kitchen drain, even if you have a garbage disposal. The small teeth are made to chop up small pieces of food that end up in the drain, not large chunks of leftovers. Coffee grounds are a particular problem, according to many plumbers, as well as banana peels and eggshells. All of these should be thrown away in the trash.
Grease from cooking, including browning meat and bacon, shouldn’t go in the drain, either. Although the oil and grease may be liquid immediately after cooking, once the grease cools, it solidifies and partially or completely fills the pipes. As the grease cools, it can also catch and hold other solid matter, growing the clog.
Because much of the things that go into a kitchen drain are food, clogs made in kitchen drains can start to decompose and rot over time. This attracts fruit flies and causes unpleasant odors. Some people prefer to recycle a glass condiment jar for kitchen grease and throwing it away when it fills up.
Don’t Forget the Laundry Room!
When your washing machine drains, it can collect small pieces of debris and solid matter, which can back up and may ruin your appliance. Invest in a small trap that fits over the drainpipe of the washing machine and clean it regularly. Drain cleaning can reduce the water and tear in your laundry area.
Schedule Your Appointment Today!
The professional, highly trained teams at bluefrog Plumbing + Drain in the Boulder, CO area have the capability to remove clogs of any size, and work on pipes of all types. Schedule preventative maintenance on your home’s plumbing, including drain cleaning, in order to ensure that your home is running smoothly!