Are you tired of dealing with blocked drains in your home? Are DIY cleaning methods not producing lasting results? Frequent drain clogs signal a problem in your drainage system, especially the sewer line. Therefore, DIY cleaners may not effectively address the blockage. If you want to achieve long-lasting results, consider these drain cleaning tips.

Determine the Cause of the Blockage

Drain clogs occur for various reasons, such as poor waste management, worn drain pipes, and invasion by tree roots. Therefore, failure to address the cause of the blockage can lead to unsatisfactory results. Before commencing drain cleaning, inspect your drains using a video camera. The footage from the camera will unmask the location and cause of the clog. With this information, you can employ the right techniques to achieve clear drains and avoid future blockages. For example, if tree roots have invaded your sewer line, you must clean the pipes and repair them to keep out the roots. 

Use Highly Effective Cleaning Techniques

The right drain cleaning techniques can improve the outcome of the cleaning project and produce long-lasting results. Simple DIY techniques are effective in handling minor clogs in the secondary drains. Therefore, if your main pipes are blocked, plungers and drain snakes won't work. You will require more effective tools such as hydro-jetters and plumber cables or augers. If the sewer line is clogged, you may even need to excavate the ground to create an entry point for the cleaning tools. This project requires professional help. Therefore, to achieve durable results, hire a contractor with advanced drain cleaning tools and techniques.

Adopt Preventive Measures

Failure to adopt preventive measures can undermine the results of professional drain cleaning. For example, if you continue to pour fats, grease, and oil into the drains, the pipes will block again. Therefore, follow these tips to protect your drains from future blockages.

  • Avoid dumping oils, fats, and solid waste into your kitchen drains
  • Use hair catchers in your tub and shower to keep hair out of your drains
  • Keep your dishwasher free of food waste
  • Avoid intentional flushing of hygiene products, such as wet wipes 

Regularly inspect your sewer line for wear and damage. Also, repair the leaks in the piping to prevent roots from growing into the drains. In addition, replace old and worn drain pipes to facilitate smooth wastewater flow.

Clean Drains Frequently

Frequent cleaning can protect your drains from severe blockage. You can use simple DIY techniques, such as pouring hot water or baking soda and vinegar into the pipes. Hot water melts grease and fat, while baking soda and vinegar break down solid clogs into loose material. Additionally, schedule an annual professional cleaning to clear stubborn clogs in your sewer line.

Contact your plumbing contractor for drain cleaning services.