Clogged, Slow Drains Could Mean Serious Problems

The holiday season is upon us, meaning houses filled with guests and lots of baking and cooking. We all know those holiday recipes are filled with fats and oils just waiting to clog your drains and sewer pipe. The last thing you want to be dealing with is an emergency sewer or drain line repair when you have guests in the house. If you do have a problem, or better yet, you want to prevent one, your first call should be to Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air. We have been serving Central Alabama since 1908.
At some point just about every homeowner has to deal with a slow or clogged drain. In most cases, our professional plumbers in Auburn and Montgomery, AL can take care of the problem pretty quickly. The two most common causes are hair clogs (bathroom sinks & shower) or grease and food (kitchen). Usually a drain snake will clean things up.
The game changes if you have multiple drains clogged or draining slowly, or gurgling drains and toilets. These are symptoms of a main line backup and the need for a repair. If you ignore the warning signs, you are at risk of thousands of dollars in damage from sewage backing up into the home. A common cause is tree roots invading the sewer line causing it to clog.
When you call in the Dixie professionals, the first thing we will do is insert a sewer camera into the drain pipe. The video camera will confirm if there is a blockage and the exact location. The best way of unclogging a main sewer line is with a hydro jetter. Think of it as a pressure washer on steroids. It uses a powerful jet of water to cut through the blockage, even small tree roots. Unlike a drain snake, a hydro jetter actually cleans the pipe as well.
Once we have taken care of the drain cleaning and/or the sewer line repair, we can talk about preventing it from happening again. One good way is to have Dixie treat your drains with the BioSmart drain cleaner. This is not a harsh chemical. Instead, BioSmart uses natural enzymes to eat away fat, grease, and other organic material. Regular treatments will prevent them from building up over time.
We know it’s easy to ignore a slow draining sink, but the truth is a slow drain almost always turns into a clogged drain and can be a sign of more serious problems. If you’ve ever had to deal with the mess from a sewer backup, you know some preventive maintenance by Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air is well worth the cost. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more great information like this.