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Plumbers: Back Then, Today, and Tomorrow

When talking about any profession, most people tend to focus on the here and now. That's understandable. it's really important to know what's going on in the present tense. But you are missing out on some vital information if you never read and learn about the history of a profession. This applies to plumbing, in particular. You can really further your understanding of the profession by knowing how it began and what changes have been made over the years. That's why we sometimes reference the history of plumbing on this blog. We'll also dive into the future of the profession from time to time because, after all, you have to know where you're headed.




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Plumbers: Back Then, Today, and Tomorrow

When Is "Preventative" Drain Cleaning A Good Idea?

by Madison Dean

If your drains are not draining, then of course you should call a drain cleaning service. However, drain cleaning services also can do what's called "preventative drain cleaning." Basically, this means they come clean drains that are technically still working. There is often still plenty of gunk to clear away, and when they clean the drains at this stage, they prevent outright clogs long-term. So, when might you want to opt for this so-called preventative drain cleaning?

When you first move into a home

When you first move into a home, you really have no way of knowing how the previous owners treated the drains. They may have put more grease down the drain than they should have, or they may not have used a hair catcher in the shower. Instead of waiting and hoping that your drains do not clog one day, you can arrange for preventative drain cleaning services. This way, you can get off to a fresh start with your drains rather than continuing to wonder what the previous owners' habits were.

When you have not been home in a long time

If you travel and leave your home empty for months at a time, it may be a good idea to have the drains cleaned when you move back in. Even though nobody was putting anything down the drain while you were gone, the drains could be growing mold and bacteria from the residue that was in them when you left. (Mold and bacteria don't get rinsed away when you're not using the drains regularly.) Mold growth can be pretty prolific, leading to clogs, and it can also make your drains really smelly. So, having a drain cleaning service come when you return to your home can save you a lot of headaches.

When you have kids

When you have kids who are old enough to be in the bathroom unsupervised, it's a good idea to have preventative drain cleaning done every now and then. Kids like to put things down drains. These things may not always lead to immediate clogs, but they can build up and clog drains over time. Having the drains cleaned before this happens keeps you from having to avoid using a clogged sink, which is quite a hassle when you have little ones.

Preventative drain cleaning is usually preferable to clog removal. Keep the advice above in mind, and contact a drain cleaning company like J & S Plumbing Inc to learn more.