When was the last time you had your household drains professionally cleaned? Can’t remember? Perhaps never? If you’re sheepishly nodding your head, know this: Routine drain cleaning is essential for the health of your plumbing system, and if you neglect it, it can cost you — big time.

At Drain Blaster Bill’s Sewer & Drain Cleaning, we’re dedicated to helping you take great care of your drains, which is why we’re so adamant about proactive maintenance. If you’re like most people, though, you’re not quite sure why routine drain cleaning and inspection is necessary. Fortunately for you, you’re about to find out...

1. Prevent Drain Blockages

If we could only discuss a single benefit of routine drain cleaning and camera drain inspections, blockage prevention would take the cake. Even the most minor drain clog can grow into a severe blockage over time, and unfortunately, you’ll be unaware it’s happening until the damage is already done.

Fortunately, routine drain cleaning effectively removes all manner of buildup from within your home’s pipes, which significantly lessens your chances of experiencing severe drain clogs. For the best protection against drain blockages, opt for a drain camera inspection and maintenance cleaning every two years. And, if you observe sluggish water drainage in the interim, contact your professional drain cleaning company as soon as possible. 

2. Odor Elimination

Your drains handle plenty of nasty stuff on a daily basis, and as a result, they can develop some pretty offputting odors that are hard to tackle on your own. Plus, mold, mildew, and other microscopic nasties love to hang out in dark, moist locations, which means your drains are hotspots for these foul-smelling growths.

Professional drain cleaning eliminates mold and other bacterial growths from within your drains while simultaneously eliminating odorous residue from the interior of your pipes. If you’re dealing with relentless drain odors that don’t respond to proven treatments, drain water jetting could be the perfect solution. Check out our water jetting information page for more details on the process.

3. Increased Drain Efficiency

How gross is it when a pool of dirty water accumulates around your feet in the shower? Or when your toothpaste spittle doesn't wash down your sink drain? Drainage issues develop over time as particles and residue accumulate within your pipes, and if you ignore the issue, it’ll only become more severe.

As soon as you observe poor water flow in any of your household drains, contact a professional drain cleaning company. You can try tackling the problem on your own with a plunger, but as with most do-it-yourself remedies, that’s likely a (very) temporary solution.

One thing to note: Whatever you do, don’t use chemical drain cleaners to fix a slow drain! Harsh cleaners slowly eat away at your pipes and weaken their seals, so avoid big-name drain-cleaning products at all costs.  

4. Reduced Risk of Pipe Leaks & Water Damage

You never know what might be lurking in your pipes, and depending on what flows down your drains, some of that pipe residue might be corrosive. If you neglect regular drain cleaning, corrosive residue can slowly deteriorate your pipes, weakening them over time.

Eventually, when a drain clog forms (rest assured, it’ll happen), backed-up water within the pipe can create significant pressure, and under pressure, water will follow the path of least resistance. If your pipes or seals are weak, that low-resistance path might very well be outward, meaning your pipe could spring a leak (or even burst) and cause extensive water damage.

When you stick to a biennial drain cleaning schedule, however, corrosive residue has little time to accumulate. And, if it does develop, a camera drain inspection can reveal the state of the interior of your pipes. Your drain cleaning professional can alert you to weak areas in the pipe, so you can request repairs before disaster strikes.

5. Proactive Maintenance Saves You Money

Would you rather spend a little cash for routine maintenance or fork over a week’s wages when disaster strikes? Being proactive about your drain maintenance can save you from unexpected repair expenses associated with:

●        Pipe corrosion

●        Severe drain blockages

●        Tree root infiltration

●        Burst pipes

●        Water contamination

Because a professional drain cleaning company can detect and alleviate minor problems before they become glaring issues, if you’re not currently taking advantage of the service, now is the time to start.

6. Maintain Normal Water Flow

Even if your drains don’t develop outright clogs, they can still slow down over time due to mineral and waste buildup along the interior of the pipes. Routine, professional drain cleaning will help prevent that buildup from becoming excessive, so you won’t have to deal with slow water drainage from your tub, shower, sinks, and even your toilet.

How often should you schedule drain cleaning for best results? Ideally, you should have your drains professionally cleaned once per year (or every two years if you're a small household). But if your household has several people or you use your drains more often than the average household for any reason, more frequent appointments may be necessary.

When you schedule service, you can ask your drain cleaning specialist to give you a service timeline. He’ll be able to take a look inside your pipes via a camera drain inspection to determine how much buildup your pipes have and then make routine service recommendations from there.

7. Lengthened Drain Lifespan

Like most functional components of any home, properly maintained drains simply last longer than their poorly maintained counterparts.

When you have a professional drain cleaning specialist service your pipes regularly, he’ll be able to view the interior of the drain system via camera inspection. That inspection can alert you to any budding damage or deterioration (like corrosion within the pipes) that needs to be addressed. He’ll also perform the safest type of drain cleaning for your plumbing system to ensure it remains in good condition.

Professional water jetting (also called hydro jetting) is safe for most types of pipes, aside from seriously aged drains that are in questionable condition, and thoroughly cleans the interior of even the dirtiest pipes.

Having this service performed regularly can help your pipes last as long as possible since they won’t be accumulating clog-causing grime that can lead to excessive and potentially damaging pressure buildup.

8. Minimize Pipe Noise

If your plumbing system seems to be a bit noisier than you think is normal, dirty drains might be a culprit.

While some plumbing systems make noise due to water hammer issues that must be addressed by a plumber, others make noise because buildup creates excessive pressure that affects normal water flow. If that’s the case with your pipes, having buildup removed on a regular basis can help reduce or even eliminate annoying plumbing noises.

Need to Schedule Routine Drain Cleaning in the Twin Cities?

If your drains are due for a routine cleaning, our team at Drain Blaster Bill’s Sewer and Drain Cleaning is here to serve you. We specialize in a variety of inspection and drain cleaning techniques and take pride in delivering prompt, professional, efficient, and courteous service. No matter which of your household drains you need to tackle, we have the equipment and experience to get the job done.

To learn more about our drain cleaning services or to schedule your appointment, give our Minneapolis team a call at 763-913-8719 or send us a message on our contact page. If you’re ready to get started, you can also request a free service estimate online.