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Should I Get My Drains Cleaned Before the Holidays?

During the winter holidays, your home becomes busier with the kids home from school and company in town. This high occupancy puts your home plumbing to the test. Take time before the rush begins to ensure your drains are ready to endure the holiday season.

How do I know if my drains need to be cleaned?

Have you ever been a few minutes into a shower when you notice the water is pooling at your feet, regardless of an open drain? This is a sign that your drains need service.

Showers, toilets, bathroom and kitchen sinks are all susceptible to dirty drains and drain clogs. The easiest ways to determine if you need drain cleaning are residual water, unusually slow draining time, and/or foul odor. However, even well-functioning drains should be cleaned annually to ensure longevity.

How do I clean my drains?

In some cases, all a drain might need is several minutes of warm or hot water to clear any obstructions. Add household products like baking soda or dish soap to take your clean a step further. For more serious clogs, a professional drain cleaning is needed.

How can I prevent clogged drains?

Be mindful of what you put down your toilets and sinks. Remember, your toilet is not garbage and anything outside of human waste and toilet paper should be thrown in the trash can. For showers and bathroom sinks, hair is often the most common cause of draining issues. Try installing drain covers to prevent hair from ever entering your drains.

For the kitchen, an excess of grease and hard to break down foods usually are at the root of the problems. With family in town for the holiday, be sure dishes are scraped into the trash before being rinsed in the sink.

Before the holiday bustle begins, take a few minutes to run hot water down each of your drains. If you notice slow drainage or bad smells, don’t hesitate to call AWS Plumbing, Heating & Cooling! We want to help you flow through the holidays with ease.Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.