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Make Sure Your Pipes are Clear for the New Year

Make Sure Your Pipes are Clear

The Benefits of Professional Drain Cleaning

As we enter the new year, ensuring that your plumbing system is in top shape is crucial to avoid any unexpected issues. In particular, we want to stress the importance of maintaining clear pipes and offer expert services to help you achieve a trouble-free year ahead.

Reasons to schedule professional drain cleaning include:

  • Prevents Clogs and Blockages: Professional drain cleaning can help prevent the build-up of debris that often leads to clogs or blockages, ensuring the smooth functioning of your plumbing system.
  • Mitigates Bad Odors: Regular cleaning can also help eliminate unpleasant odors caused by the accumulation of food residue, grease, and other waste materials.
  • Promotes a Healthy Home: Clean pipes significantly reduce the risk of bacteria and mold growth, contributing to a healthier living environment.
  • Longevity of the System: Routine professional drain cleaning can prolong the life of your plumbing system by preventing severe damage caused by neglect.
  • Cost-Effective: By identifying and addressing potential issues early on, professional services can save you from costly repairs in the future.

Keep reading to learn about professional drain cleaning and some DIY tips to keep your system flowing between visits.

Why Septic System Owners Should Prioritize Drain Cleaning

The stakes for maintaining clear drains are even higher for homeowners with a septic system. A clogged drain can have severe repercussions, leading to a backup of wastewater into your home or surfacing over the drain field. Additionally, over time, certain materials, such as grease, non-biodegradable items, and harsh chemicals, can build up and hinder the tank's function.

Professional drain cleaning service from a company like Wind River Environmental, which understands the specific needs of septic systems, is vital in maintaining the health of your septic system and the functionality of your drains. We can ensure that your drains are clear of problematic waste, helping to maintain the balance of bacteria in your septic tank and preventing potential backups.

Preventing Clogs: A Guide to Proper Drain Usage

Understanding what goes into your drains is the key to preventing unwanted clogs in your plumbing system. While it seems convenient to discard certain items down the sink or flush them in the toilet, these practices can lead to blockages and potentially severe damage to your pipes.

Here are some items you should avoid putting down your drains:

  • Grease, Fat, and Oil: These substances solidify when cooled and can cause severe pipe blockages.
  • Coffee Grounds: Contrary to popular belief, coffee grounds do not flush easily and tend to accumulate in your pipes, leading to clogs.
  • Flushable Wipes: Despite their name, these wipes do not decompose as quickly as regular toilet paper and can cause blockages.
  • Hair and Soap Scum: These are among the leading culprits of bathroom drain clogs.
  • Hard Materials: Items like bones, fruit pits, or non-food materials can damage your garbage disposal and clog your pipes.
  • Chemicals: Household cleaners, paints, and other harsh chemicals can corrode your pipes over time.

In addition to being mindful of what goes down your drains, using drain screens is an effective way to catch debris before it causes a problem. Regular drain cleaning is also crucial. Homeowners can use hot water, baking soda, and vinegar to dissolve minor clogs and maintain clean pipes between professional drain cleaning services.

The Threat of Tree and Plant Roots to Your Sewer Line

Tree and plant roots pose a significant threat to the integrity of your sewer lines. Seeking moisture, roots can infiltrate small cracks in your pipes, growing and expanding until they cause serious blockages or even rupture the pipes. This can lead to sewage backups, slow drains, and costly repairs.

Regular professional drain cleaning can help mitigate this problem. Companies like Wind River Environmental have the tools and expertise to effectively clear root intrusions from your sewer lines, ensuring they remain functional and intact.     We can also refurbish your pipes that have suffered the intrusion, and line them with a continuous material to prevent future intrusions.  Ask about our pipelining services if you suffer from these issues regularly.

Practical steps homeowners can take to safeguard their sewer lines from root intrusion include:

  • Proactive Landscaping: Be careful when planting new trees or large plants, ensuring they're placed a safe distance from sewer lines.
  • Regular Inspections: Routine checks can identify and address root intrusions early, preventing further damage.
  • Use of Root Barriers: Root barriers can be installed to redirect root growth away from your pipes.
  • Sewer-Safe Gardening: Certain plants have less aggressive root systems and are safer to plant near sewer lines.

When was the last time you scheduled professional drain cleaning? Get a fresh start to the new year by scheduling drain cleaning with Wind River Environmental today.

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