Is there a clogged drain in your home that’s making your life miserable? Don’t waste time with harsh chemicals and other temporary solutions. Get the problem taken care of straight away and fix your drains once and for all, the smart way. Call Daniel Fish Plumbing and get your clog diagnosed by a professional. Then, get same-day relief with the right solution using the right equipment.
Why You Should Call a Plumber to Unclog Your Drain
Off-the-shelf solutions for slow or clogged drains can cause more harm than good in more ways than one. For starters, the harsh chemicals they contain can cause significant damage to your pipes. In addition, you’re putting yourself and your family and pets at risk when you pour noxious substances into your drains. That’s doubly true when a drain is clogged. In both instances, you’re exposing everyone in the house to hazardous fumes.
Finally, you may experience an instant chemical heat reaction when you pour products like Drano into a backed-up sink. When that occurs, there could even be an explosion that could cause serious injury to your face or upper body.
Chemical, off-the-shelf drain cleaners aren’t even meant to be used on clogged drains. They’re really just for ongoing maintenance and light drain cleaning. When a pipe is heavily lined with clog-producing substances, it’s a job for a plumber. A plumber will have all the right tools for clearing your drains using expertise, not dangerous chemicals.
The 6 Most Common Causes of Clogged Drains
Knowing your enemy can help you prevent future clogs in your home.
- Grease. The slow buildup of grease happens over time, so lots of homeowners don’t even realize their kitchen sink drains slower and slower with each passing month. The grease buildup gets worse as soap gets mixed in. On top of that, a layer of calcification can form, causing a unique blend that can make your clog seem impenetrable. That’s when you need to call in a professional, who has the right tools to remove industrial-level clogs.
- Hair. Human hair is pretty resilient. Same goes for pet hair: it sticks around even when other drain-clogging substances are flushed out. And, contrary to what most folks think, hair is not easily dissolved by most common household chemicals. Most types of acid won’t even do the trick! And although sometimes bleach will work, it’s not recommended to ever pour chemicals on a completely stopped drain.
- Soap. No joke: soap and shampoo residue can build up in your pipes to the degree where they’re causing a clog. Throw grease or hair in the mix and you’re looking at a clogged drain sooner rather than later.
- Sewage. When your sewer drain gets backed up, you might be looking at sewage spilling forth up into every drain in your home. Definitely a plumbing emergency, not to mention a serious health crisis.
- Negligence. If you’re not scheduling regular maintenance on your drains, then you’re essentially asking for problems down the line. Preventative drain cleaning is a homeowner secret that, unfortunately, some people aren’t aware of. Daniel Fish Plumbing offers Camarillo drain cleaning as part of a regularly-scheduled maintenance plan.
5 Techniques for Preventing Clogged Drains
Grease, hair, soap, debris… you know who the culprits are but do you know how to keep them from clogging up your drains? Read these homeowner tips for maintaining clean drains. And remember: even if you’re applying these techniques, it’s still a good idea to have your drains professionally cleaned. It’s just good maintenance and it prevents tiny drain problems from becoming huge, expensive messes that require extensive repairs.
- Don’t believe dishwasher commercials. Dishwasher manufacturers love to boast that their machines can handle the toughest jobs. Sometimes they even promote the idea of loading your dirty dishes without rinsing them first. NOT a good idea! Grease and debris can cause buildup and, over time, that can become a clog. Always scrape off your dishes.
- Stop making your toilet do the dirty work. Some things just should not go in a toilet: everybody knows this. But few people know that they shouldn’t pour grease down the toilet, either. If you think you’re saving the drain in your kitchen sink by pouring greasy water down the toilet, you’re simply transferring your clog problem from the kitchen to the bathroom. Don’t pour your cooking grease down the toilet.
- Respect your toilet’s drain system. Think Band-Aids can be flushed down the toilet? Think again! They are made of plastic, which is non-biodegradable and can cause a clog. Lots of people think that just because a toilet has a larger drain system, it can handle all sorts of debris. Not so! Learn about what not to flush down a toilet and teach every member of your family the rules, which include never flushing these things:
- Dental floss
- Cat litter
- Disposable diapers
- Paper towels
- Cotton balls
- Wipes (even the so-called “flushable” type)
- Cast a wide net. It’s hard to take a shower without hair falling into the drain. There’s no better way to avoid a clog in your shower drain than to use a hair-catcher. Get a good one that will completely cover the drain and stay put so nothing slips through.
- Make use of technology. Since one major cause of clogged drains is sewage backup, it pays to know what’s going on in your sewer line. That’s easy when your plumber offers a sewer camera inspection service. In addition, a full-service plumber like Daniel Fish has all the right tools for cleaning your drain (and your entire plumbing system!). Plumbing is one area where the old cliche still holds true: a little prevention goes a long way.
Why Choose Daniel Fish Plumbing?
- Trusted and Recommended for 35 Years
- Emergency Service
- Camera Inspections
- Trenchless Technology
- Licensed & Insured
- Full- Service Plumber
- Sewer and Drain Cleaning
- Industry Leader & Founding President of 2 chapters of the California Real Estate Inspections Association
We look forward to serving you for Camarillo drain cleaning or any other plumbing need. Call us to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our preventative and emergency plumbing services.