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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

Drain Cleaning Fundamentals: Knowing When It's Time

by Madison Dean

Many homeowners dismiss the importance of drain cleaning because they don't realize how much it can help. In addition, they often don't recognize the early signs of drain troubles in their homes. It's important for you to spot the signs that your drain lines need cleaning to help keep your plumbing system flowing properly. Here's a look at a few of the key indications that you should call and schedule a drain cleaning for your plumbing system.

Repeated Drain Clogs

If you have a drain or multiple drains in your home that are clogging frequently, it's important for you to address that problem. An occasional clog is not something to be particularly concerned about, but if you notice a drain, or several drains, backing up and clogging repeatedly, that's a key indication that you should have a plumber clean your drain lines.

You may have treated the clog with a drain cleaner or tried plunging the line. Sometimes, this will resolve the issue partially or temporarily, but it typically requires professional intervention at some stage.

Slow Drain Flow

If you have one slow drain, there is usually a problem with that specific drain pipe. However, if all of the drains in your home are slow, or if water isn't flowing the way that it's supposed to, that's an indication of a problem that lies within the main drain line.

Remember that each of your plumbing fixtures has its own drain pipes, which all flow directly into the main drain line. That main drain line then flows to the septic system or the sewer pipe. If there's a blockage or other issue within that main drain line, it will result in slow drainage through all of your fixtures.

Bubbling And Gurgling Drains

Whether your drains seem to be flowing normally or otherwise, you should also be attentive to the way that they sound when you run water through them. Drains that bubble and gurgle are usually making those sounds because of poor airflow through the system. This is usually a direct result of a blockage in the drain pipes. You'll want to talk with a plumber about a thorough drain cleaning to help resolve this problem.

These are a few of the most common indications that your plumbing system could benefit from drain cleaning. Left unaddressed, these symptoms will often progress to stagnant water in your drains and foul odors. Talk with a local plumber today to schedule the drain cleaning that your system needs.