Did you know that one of the most common plumbing problems in San Diego can be resolved by a simple drain cleaning? Clogged drains can cause fixtures such as bathtubs, dishwashers, showers, sinks, and toilets to overflow and in turn cause damage to flooring, walls, and ceilings. There are some simple preventative measures you can take to avoid the need for drain cleaning in San Diego, as well as some steps you can take to mitigate the damages that can result from a clogged drain.
What exactly is drain maintenance? The term simply refers to periodic drain cleaning and ensuring that you don’t allow improper materials to enter your waste and drain system. Improper materials are generally introduced by way of the toilet or the kitchen sink, and they include materials such as feminine hygiene products, rags or clothing, paper towels, errant toys, or garbage not easily dissolved such as citrus peels, bones, or liquid fats and grease that can solidify in cold, underground drain pipes. Periodic drain cleaning with drain cleaning chemicals can help break up solids and prevent stoppages from interrupting the flow of wastewater. Older plumbing systems may need to be periodically cleaned mechanically by a professional drain cleaning service.
What to Do with a Clogged Drain
Most drain stoppages are easy enough for a homeowner or tenant to clear without having to disassemble drain plumbing components or access drain pipes behind walls or fixtures, through the proper use of a plunger. A cup plunger is shaped like an upside down bowl or a suction cup, and it is appropriate for use in sinks, showers, and tubs. Toilets, though, require a separate plunger called a flange plunger. A stoppage can usually be cleared by clearing debris from around a drain and using a plunger to force water into drain pipes.
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