Drain Pipe Cleaning

Drain Pipe Cleaning & Manassas Plumbing Maintenance

Photo of a Manassas plumber cleaning a clogged drainA drain clog in your Manassas home can be very annoying; they disrupt your normal home activities and often require immediate attention. This is particularly the case when there is a total blockage of your drain pipe, resulting in backed up water in the sinks, toilets and bathtubs. Keeping in mind that the cost of fixing a drainage problem will depend on how serious it is, Manassas homeowners should be keen about proper preventive drain pipe cleaning and maintenance.

Chemical Removers

Clearing up a simple grease clog or hairball in your drain should be easy enough, but you may not be able to deal with a stubborn pipe blockage on your own. Most Manassas homeowners immediately opt for commercial acidic clog removers to deal with serious blockages. However, chemical removers can be harmful to your plumbing pipes, the environment, and even your health. In addition, they are rarely a permanent solution to the problem, and repeated use could ultimately render your drain pipes useless.

Homemade Cleaning Solution

A suitable alternative to commercial drain cleaners when dealing with common drain clogging or a slow-moving drain is to use a combination or baking soda and vinegar. It’s an eco-friendly solution that will help keep your residential plumbing drain pipes clear without compromising their lifespan. First, pour a pot of boiling water down the drain, then pour about half a cup of baking soda into the drain and let it sit for a few minutes. Next, pour one cup of vinegar mixed with one cup of very hot water on top of the baking soda and immediately cover the drain using the plug to keep the reaction in the drain. Leave it stand in the pipe for about 5 to 10 minutes, and then flush again with boiling water.

Baking soda and hot water loosens up any grime or sludge that is hanging at the bottom of the drain. The explosive chemical reaction that takes place when you pour down the vinegar jolts the dirt loose and the final rinse washes all the dirt away. Note that the baking soda and vinegar should not be mixed and then stored; they will not work. It is also worth noting that this solution may not work if you are dealing with a very troublesome clog.

Professional Drain Cleaning

Graphic illustration of the Hydro-Jetting processIn case of a serious or recurring clog, it is best to call in a drain pipe cleaning specialist. You can be sure that the proper tools and chemicals will be used to clear up the drains without damaging the pipes and fittings. In addition, a Manassas plumbing professional will be in the best position to notify you of other plumbing issues you may have. Some of the most effective methods used in professional drain pipe cleaning include high pressure hydro jetting and electro-mechanical cleaning.

Ideally, homeowners should have their drain pipes examined and cleaned by professionals on an annual basis. Such preventive maintenance will minimize the risk of clogged drains and breeding bacteria in the pipes. This will also cost you a lot less than you would have to pay to have your drains unblocked regularly. If you require professional drain pipe cleaning for your Manassas home plumbing system, contact Golden Plumbing & Heating for the most effective and affordable services.