Drains are one of those things we don’t often think about. If they are working, we go about our days – never giving them a second thought. But when our drains aren’t working – it’s often a major crisis.
Drains are a critical part of your plumbing system. Drains flush waste into the sewer system and help keep us all healthy and happy.
How do you keep your drains in tip-top shape? Start by treating your drains with care! Drains are not trash cans. Try to avoid putting grease and oils down the drain. They congeal in your pipes and catch other debris. Before you know it, you’ve got a very clogged drain. Also, avoid putting coffee grounds down drains – they settle in the traps and pipes – also causing other debris to build up and clog your pipes. Plumbing pipes and drains are not meant to have tampons, maxi-pads, other feminine hygiene products or diapers flushed down them! These products swell when they are wet, and they expand – causing major clogs in pipes. The same goes for the new “disposable”, “biodegradable”, or “flushable” wipes – they sit in pipes and cause significant clogs and backups. Blades, syringes, and needles need to go in a dedicated “sharps” container – they should never be flushed down the drain. These items can clog your drain and if they make it through your drains, they can injure our sewer and wastewater workers!
As incredible as it sounds, we’ve found entire bed sheets, large rolls of trash bags, multiple red party cups, balloons and other items in drains. These drains were not working!
We don’t recommend chemical drain cleaners – as these chemicals can corrode your pipes and create problems for you in the future. If your pipes are old, and prone to clogging with regular use, it’s probably good to consider regular preventative drain cleaning (with a drain cable, or with a water jetter) to keep the drain clear. Older pipes can have internal scaling and corrosion or tree roots that catch toilet paper and other items – leading to clogs. Regular drain cleaning can clear out these obstructions before they become clogs.
Finally, make sure your drains are used. We often get calls about a sewer smell and find that a floor drain trap has gone dry – allowing sewer gasses to get into a building or home. If you’ve got drains that aren’t used regularly, you’ll want to make sure that clean, hot water is poured down these drains on a weekly basis – to keep the traps full and keep those sewer gases out! It also doesn’t hurt to run very hot water down each drain line – for several minutes each month. This can help break up accumulated grease to keep your line flowing better.
We’ve been keeping Denver Metro drains clear for 40 years! If you’ve got sewer or drain problems call us. We can unclog your drain and work with you to develop ways to keep your drain clear in the future. If necessary, we can also repair and replace problem drain lines. It’s much better to call us when you’ve got a slow drain versus calling us when you’ve got a major clog or a sewer backup! 303-422-2204. We can help you get peace of mind and a flowing drain. Call us today!