The Importance of Drain Cleaning and Drain Inspection Service
Most of the time, our drains work to whisk away wastewater from the sinks, showers, bathtubs, and toilets in our Westfield, IN homes quickly and efficiently. Occasionally, however, they don’t, and then clean, comfortable, convenient modern life doesn’t seem so clean, comfortable, and convenient anymore. Dirty standing water can even pose a health hazard to you and your family.
Drain inspection and cleaning prevent or remedy exactly that kind of problem. But before we take a detailed look at what’s involved, let’s talk about why drains clog and the warning signs that a drain is developing problems. (It’s an especially good idea to keep an eye out for such warning signs because every modern home or place of business contains many drains.)
Why Does a Drain Clog?
A drain can run slowly or clog entirely for a variety of reasons. These include the following:
- One of more foreign objects has accidentally gone down the drain.
- Someone has put material deliberately down the drain that shouldn’t have gone there. Cat litter and diapers are two frequent examples.
- Hardened cooking fat and grease have built up in a drain to produce a blockage. (This is particularly likely to happen if you neglect to run water down the drain after grease has gone down.)
- A tree root had intruded on a pipe and blocked it.
- A pipe has deteriorated due to age, breaking or becoming clogged with rust.
- Leaves, litter, or waste from outdoors have gotten into a drain.
How Do You Know a Drain Problem Is Developing?
Sometimes, of course, it’s obvious that water’s draining slowly or not at all. But nasty smell can also be a sign that a drain isn’t working as it should.
Why Have a Drain Inspection?
In light of what’s already been said, the answer to this question might seem obvious. You have a drain inspection to prevent or eliminate clogs and facilitate drain cleaning. But it’s worth looking at the question in somewhat more detail and also noting situations in which a drain inspection is necessary even when the drains are functioning properly
- Storms and bad weather. Rain and flooding can easily wash leaves and litter in outdoor drains. Therefore it’s a good idea to have them checked afterward.
- Bacteria and unpleasant odors. Obviously drains are wet places, and wet places are breeding grounds for germs. A drain inspection tells you when bacteria are thriving in a drain and the time for drain cleaning has arrived.
- General prevention. A drain inspection detects cracks, damage, and clogs in the making before they cause overt problems and become more expensive to remedy,
- Item retrieval. As mentioned above, sometimes we drop an item down a drain without meaning to. Then it’s likely we want it back, both for its own sake and to keep it from producing a blockage. Drain inspection shows the plumber exactly where the item is and thus what’s the most effect way to get it out.
- Home inspection. When you’re buying a home, you should inspect it for immediate and potential problems, and drain inspection should be a key element of that. (It’s especially desirable if you’re looking at an older property.) Drain inspection is also important when undertaking major renovations to a kitchen or bathroom. Those alterations can put additional pressure on the system in terms of water and waste, and you need to know your drains can handle it.
How a Drain Inspection Works
Modern drain inspection relies heavily on the drain inspection camera. This is a camera at the end of a piece of cable the plumber feeds into the pipes of your home. The drain inspection camera provides video images that reveal exactly what’s going on inside drains and pipes. It’s a fast, accurate, and completely non-invasive way of finding out everything the plumber needs to know. It saves the homeowner money because it doesn’t require cutting into walls or any waste motion while the plumber seeks to find the actual problem.
Other Important Inspections
Before moving on from the topic of drain inspection, it’s worth nothing that there are other forms of plumbing inspection that will help homeowners with preventive maintenance and guard against problems and costly repairs. These include annual backflow tests to prevent contamination, checking for leaks that can, among other problems, give rise to mold and mildew, checking the water pressure, checking the water heater, and checking pipes for corrosion.
Drain Inspection, Cleaning, and Repair
After drain inspection identifies a problem, it’s time to rectify it before it worsens and damage becomes more severe. If you live in the Westfield, IN area, 24-7 Plumbing is your perfect choice for drain inspection and repair.
Our licensed, professional drain inspection and repair experts are available at any time of the day or night to provide emergency services. We’re trained in the latest advances in our field and use only the best drain inspection scopes and other drain cleaning tools. We provide free estimates and guarantee high-quality materials and high-quality workmanship at an affordable, competitive price.