Question: Is there anything I can do on a regular basis to help keep my drains from clogging ?
Answer: For most kitchen, bathroom, utility, laundry sinks and tubs just fill full with hot water and then let it drain. This procedure purges out more of the pipe diameter instead of just running on the bottom of the line which helps flush away any unwanted debris to the larger main line. Lines with ongoing issues may need to have a routine snaking / rodding to keep them flowing free. For main sewer line laterals with chronic tree root or line pitch problems you can schedule a routine preventive maintenance snaking / rodding to cut away, loosen and flush away the debris before it has the chance to cause you an untimely sewer back up. Budget Drain & Sewer Cleaning LLC of Janesville WI can put you down on a calender PM schedule and always calls you to confirm before we come out.
Question: Are there any products out there that I should be putting in my drains for preventive maintenance ?
Answer: We recommend not using any harsh chemical cleaners in your drains as these dangerous acids and chemicals may lead to more severe problems for your drain line and surrounding area in the future. They may be a temporary cure that only leads to a larger more costly problem. When these chemical cleaners fail to open your drain they will just sit in the line eating away at your drainage system. Budget Drain & Sewer Cleaning LLC of Janesville WI can set up a preventative maintenance program on your problem lines using our professional cables, cutters and video camera systems.
Question: How do tree roots get into my sewer line ?
Answer: Tree roots are genetically structured to seek water. Your sewer lateral is not only an excellent source of water but is also filled with nutrients that tree roots thrive on. Roots only need the smallest of an opening to crawl into your sewer line. Entering through the hub connecting areas of clay and cast iron sewer laterals these roots will flourish setting up camp where they can live long and prosper causing home owners repeated sewer backups. Root masses act as filters / spider webs and become clogged with feminine products, wipes, and even toilet tissue. The end result is a reduced flow eventually causing a total main line blockage in which the waste will back up into your home. Once you have confirmed that there is tree root intrusion in your sewer lateral it is wise to set up a preventive maintenance program which is based on the severity of your problem. Budget Drain & Sewer Cleaning LLC of Janesville WI will go over all available options with you to limit your risk of experiencing another nasty sewer back up. With our lower cost PM rates scheduling a preventative maintenance program will save you money, time and help prevent another devastating sewer backup.
Question: I have a septic system, what types of things can I flush and do I need to do any preventative maintenance on my system ?
Answer: To help extend the life of your septic system, drain field and to possibly prevent a main line back up it’s best to not flush any feminine products, wipes, paper towels, Q-tips, plastic, dental floss, etc… of any kind down the drains. Basically if it doesn’t break down in a few days do not flush it. It is also wise to use a septic safe toilet tissue. Other than complying with your local guidelines on how often you need to get your tank pumped the best preventive maintenance is being smart on what you put down your drain system. Budget Drain & Sewer Cleaning LLC of Janesville WI services many rural homes in the Rock county area.
Question: How do I keep hair from plugging up my shower tub drain ?
Answer: Installing a low cost drain strainer is a good idea for keeping hair and other debris from going down your tub or shower drain. Place the strainer over / in the opening of the drain. If you have slow drainage or standing water in your shower tub you may have a clog further down line. Budget Drain & Sewer Cleaning LLC of Janesville WI is here to help when needed.
Question: Is it OK to use a chemical drain cleaner in my lines ?
Answer: It is best to not use liquid drain cleaners in your lines. Most of the time these products are only a temporary fix and if they do not break down the clog they actually get trapped in your line causing acid erosion to the line itself. It is also very dangerous when these products are used and fail then a drain cleaning technician uses their machine to clear the blockage. Most contain acid which can cause skin, eye, respiratory, and clothing damage. When these chemicals are used the cost of cleaning the line can go up as it is more work to properly and safely clean the line. Use them cautiously at your own risk and when in doubt contact Budget Drain & Sewer Cleaning LLC of Janesville WI as we can help you over the phone with other options that can better serve you.
Question: What is causing the bad odors in my drain ?
Answer: It is possible that there is a partial drain clog located in the trap itself or between the trap and the drain that is the cause of the foul smell. The partial obstruction may not be noticeably slowing down your drain, but over time, food, slime, hair, lint and other clogging agents can create some very strong odors. If the stinky drain has the pull / push type pop up stopper that is usually found on bathroom sinks it is possible that hair and cosmetic products are hung up in this area and need to be cleaned out. On shower and tub drains it is possible that the unwanted odor is coming from hair and hygiene products that have lodged around the cross hair strainer area of the drain.
Another possible cause most often found on abandoned or seldom used floor drains, sinks, toilets, etc… that get very little to no water flow is that the water has evaporated from the drain trap letting sewer / septic gases flow back through the line. Traps are located on all plumbing fixture drains as a section of pipe that is shaped as a U or J and is there to hold water in it at all times. This trap having a water barrier keeps all the sewer / septic gas from traveling up your pipes and into your home from the city sewer or your septic tank. In this case all that would need to be done is to take a jug of water and replenish the drain trap. Call Budget Drain & Sewer Cleaning LLC of Janesville WI to sniff out you problems.
Question: What is the best way to eliminate the odors coming from my garbage disposal ?
Answer: Foul odors can occur when there is a lasting buildup of food in the disposal. The first thing you will need to do is clean it. Begin by turning on the unit and running water to flush away any food that may still be in your garbage disposal. Now run a few of ice cubes through to loosen food that may be stuck to the grinder blades. Ice cubes are also believed to sharpen the blades. Next, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the disposal then slowly add 1 cup of vinegar and let it sit for about 10 minutes. The mixture will fizz up and bubble as it expands as this is normal. Finally, heat up a large pot of boiling hot water, pouring it down the drain as you power up the garbage disposal to flush away the mixture. Don’t forget to remove the black rubber splash guard (if possible) and clean it thoroughly. Use an old toothbrush to scrub off any buildup that tends to accumulate on the underside. If you are unable to remove the splash guard just lift each flap and scrub the bottom as good as you can. This is a key location for buildup that causes odor, a good cleaning is essential.
You can keep your garbage disposal smelling fresh by feeding it a commercial disposal cleaner once every week, a mixture of baking soda and vinegar or for a more natural method try placing ice cubes and pieces of lemon, orange or other citrus fruit in the disposal then running it for about 30 seconds. Don’t go overboard though as the acid in citrus peels can actually lead to corrosion inside the disposal. Next pour one ounce of liquid dish soap into the garbage disposal while it is still running. Finish by running hot water for about 1 minute to rinse away all excess debris. Always remember to power on the garbage disposal to purge away food particles from within the unit when rinsing off dishes. Still having an odor issue ? Any other concerns ? Please contact Budget Drain & Sewer Cleaning LLC of Janesville WI to further assist you.
Question: How can I deodorize my bad smelling kitchen and bathroom drains ?
Answer: Baking soda and vinegar has been used for decades and is the most popular way for freshening up a foul smelling drain. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain then slowly add 1 cup of vinegar to the baking soda and let it sit for about 20 minutes. The mixture will fizzle and bubble as it expands, this is normal. Afterwards heat up a large pot of boiling water pouring it down the drain to flush away the mixture. Bleach has also been a decades long cure for freshening up drains. Carefully pour a cup down the drain, let it sit for 20 minutes and then flush it out with boiling hot water. Finally, a few tablespoons of your favorite scented dish soap can also lower the chances of bad smells coming up from your drain area. Running hot water, slowly stream the liquid soap directly into the drain to help cut down on odors. Don’t have any ingredients other than water ? Sometimes just pouring boiling water into a drain can be an effective way to clear away any residue emitting foul odors. Take a large pot of boiling water and slowly pour it down the drain bit by bit letting the initial pour work away at the buildup for several seconds before pouring in the remainder.
The most common cause of bathroom drain odor is a combination of hair, cosmetic and hygiene products that have turned to a sludgy mess getting trapped around the stopper / strainer area of the sink drain or in the cross hair area of the tub / shower drain. Hair buildup will also slow the drain flow holding back debris that will settle within the pipes possibly causing an unwanted smell. You would need to carefully remove the trap or traps from underneath the sink area to inspect and thoroughly clean out any buildup from them and the drain tail piece area. If the stinky drain has a pull / push type pop up stopper that are usually found in bathroom sinks, pulling out the stopper, thoroughly cleaning it, the area that it resides in and the trap should be enough to take care of the smell. Drains such as some showers and tubs where the traps are not accessible might have to be mechanically snaked / rodded to remove the obstruction. Of course these tasks are not for everyone but luckily Budget Drain & Sewer Cleaning LLC of Janesville WI is here to help you offering the areas lowest rates and longest warranty.
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