No one wants to have to replace the drains in their kitchen or bathroom. It can be messy, smelly, occasionally time consuming, and costly. What can actually be done to prevent this from happening, though? Read on to discover how you can prevent the need for drain replacement.
Policing Your Drain
The most common cause of drain replacement is a blockage that can't be removed any other way. This kind of blockage doesn't happen all at once, however. Oftentimes hair, toothpaste, and other substances become stuck in the drain over time, coalescing into one large mass that prevents water from draining. The easiest way to stop this is simply to pay attention to your drain. If you see hair or other detritus stuck on the crossbeams of the drain, there's a good chance that a blockage is in the process of forming. At this point, you can either try to remove the debris yourself. However, a plumbing professional will be able to reach deeper into the pipe and remove more stubborn blockages than you will.
Like many other home systems, it's always a good idea to have your plumbing network checked at least once a year. During a regular plumbing checkup, most plumbers will check the drains for blockages and remove any debris they find. As mentioned above, this cleaning will be far more thorough than anything you could do without professional knowledge and equipment.
Regular preventative maintenance will also catch any other problems that may be brewing in your system before they become major issues. For the health of your drain system, and your own peace of mind, it is highly recommended that you schedule regular plumbing maintenance.
So there you have it, the two best ways to prevent your drains from needing complete replacement. It may seem like a trivial thing to ignore some hair in your drain, but trust us, it can eventually result in a nightmare scenario for your plumbing system.
If it's been a while since your last plumbing maintenance appointment, call Lifeline Plumbing. We conduct drain repair and replacement throughout the Barrington area.