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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

What Can Drain Cleaning Services Do For Your Pipes?

by Madison Dean

Finding out you have a clogged drain can be a renter's or homeowner's worst nightmare. While it's possible to try to tackle a clogged drain yourself, you might not be able to completely resolve the problem. That's why it's best to call a plumber for emergency plumbing services whenever clogged drains arise. These are four things a plumber can do when you call for drain cleaning services:

1. Remove hair clogs.

Hair is a common culprit for clogged drains, especially in households that include people with long hair. Hair can get tangled deep in your drain, where it can trap soap scum and other runoff, creating a thick and dense clog. Plumbers can use drain augers, sometimes known as plumbing snakes, to remove hair clogs from your shower and sinks.

2. Get rid of fatty buildup.

Cooking bacon or deep frying your favorite food can produce a fatty, oily residue. It can be tempting to pour this liquid fat down your drain. However, fat can solidify further down your pipes, creating blockages that can trap food particles and grow over time. It can be challenging to remove fatty buildup from your pipes once it has formed. Some people use boiling water to try to dissolve fat deposits, but this can cause more damage if your pipes are not made of metal. That's why it's best to call a professional to clear oil and fat deposits out of your drain.

3. Clear non-flushable items.

Toilet paper and similar items are designed to dissolve in water so they don't cause clogs in your pipes and septic system. Unfortunately, some products, such as baby wipes, may be marketed as flushable when that is not the case. Tampons and other feminine hygiene products should never be flushed or sent down the drain because of the damage they can cause. If a non-flushable item gets stuck in your pipes or drain, an emergency plumber can help. They can use a drain auger, with or without a camera, to find and remove the clogged item from your plumbing system.

4. Remedy sluggish drains.

It's easy to tell when a drain is completely clogged because standing water can build up or even backflow. However, drains that empty sluggishly may be partially clogged and can still benefit from the attention of a plumber. Plumbers can treat all of the drains in your house to ensure that every drain is completely clear and able to empty water and waste at a reasonable pace.

For more information about drain cleaning, contact a local plumber.