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How Often Should I Get My Drains Cleaned?

Unlike your home heating system, which has seasonal high use then downtime, the drains in your home are active and 'open for business' 24/7. Absolutely nothing stops the smooth functioning of a kitchen, bathroom or laundry room like a slow moving or stopped up drain. That area of your home becomes nonfunctioning and must be addressed quickly; out come the yellow pages and everything is suddenly dependent on when that plumber can fit you in.

The short answer to the question of how often to have your drains professionally cleaned seems to be- about once every year or 18 months. 

A more specific answer is- it depends on what you and your unique household are routinely putting down there. Grease, soap, toothpaste, facial masks, hair, paint, vegetable shavings, fish bones, band aids and the occasional plastic puppy hit many of our drains regularly. While it's true we can catch most of them en route, our drains frequently give us very clear signals that there is a problem developing.

Any drain that has begun to gurgle, emit a strange odor or become slow moving is as much an alert as the oil light in your car. That light comes on when you're low on oil first, not when you're already out of it. Warnings about an impending drain clog are just as easy to catch- usually. Ignore them, and, well we all know what will eventually happen.

To avoid the inconvenience (and shocking expense) of unexpected repairs, we schedule routine general maintenance on our automobiles and HVAC. We have routine well-checks on our pets, and our own overall health and vision. We take our kids to the dentist for regular exams instead of just scrambling to find a dentist when the child already has a toothache.

When was the last time you had a professional take a look at all those drains you're using constantly? If you need a thorough drain cleaning, contact the team at Extreme Plumbing Services today. 

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