Spring is finally here in the Pacific Northwest and that means it’s time for regular spring cleaning. However, it’s easy to overlook one of the most important aspects of property maintenance: your drains. Many of us neglect our plumbing until the problem is dire, which can lead to serious damage and major inconveniences. Whether you own a home or a business, regular drain cleaning is crucial to keeping your space in good working order – especially in the spring.
Our drains take a lot of abuse throughout the year, from hair and soap in the bathroom to leaves and sticks in outdoor drains. As a result, these coagulate and slow the flow of water. Thus we routinely turn to bottles of harsh chemical solutions, and while they might be able to clear your drain, they can erode your plumbing over time. Especially when spring rain hits, it’s important to make sure all of your drains are working properly. Pacific Plumbing and Drain provides emergency services 24/7 for all residential and commercial plumbing services in the Vancouver WA and Portland OR area.
Residential Drain Cleaning and Maintenance
Particularly in our rainy climate, your drains work overtime to protect your home from flooding and other big problems. By regularly cleaning your home drains, you can help prevent many forms of damage, including:
Clogs: An untreated clog can damage your pipes. If left untreated, this damage can cause all sorts of other issues: it create leaks, it gives household pests a place to thrive, potential health risks from the clogged water, and even long term structural damage. Use hair traps in the bathroom, small mesh filters in the kitchen sink, and garbage disposals to prevent common clogs from forming.
Odors: If a drain is blocked, you’ll probably notice the foul smell that comes with it. Noxious odors are an indicator that there’s bacterial activity in the drain that may make the water unsafe to interact with. You may be able to use a solution made from baking soda or vinegar to ease the clog, but professional drain cleaning services are the best way to resolve a clog without damaging your pipes.
Structural Damage: Leaking pipes and backed up outdoor drains can cause structural damage to your home, which can be very costly to fix. It’s far easier and cheaper to keep your pipes clear in the first place through regular cleaning and maintenance. Avoid putting unnecessarily large items down the drains and don’t flush wet wipes. When cooking, store grease and fat until cooled down and put them in the trash in a sealed container.
Commercial Drain Cleaning and Maintenance
Drains impact many different aspects of your day-to-day operations. The last thing you want is a major backup shutting your business or scaring away your customers. A few types of commercial drains include:
Hire a Professional Plumber
At Pacific Plumbing & Drain, we provide residential and commercial cleaning services for everything from routine maintenance to emergency repairs. Your commercial drain cleaning will include:
Drain Video Scoping: By using a long, flexible scope, a plumber is able to check inside the pipes to gauge their condition and diagnose any issues. Using this service multiple times a year can help catch problems early on, saving you time and money on more costly repairs.
Plumbing Line Cleaning: Common plumbing issues can include backed-up toilets, clogged sinks, and foul odors coming from the floor drain. Having professional plumbing line cleaning can keep everything flowing smoothly and diagnose any potential issues before they develop into bigger problems.
Commercial Plumbing Fixture Repair: Leaky or broken commercial fixtures can be a sign of something more serious than a stripped O-ring. Calling an experienced plumber to find and repair the source of the leak and repair it ensures the work is done properly the first time.
Outdoor Drain Cleaning: To prevent flooding in your basement and around your home or building’s foundation, it’s important to keep your outdoor drains flowing smoothly. We can help remove leaves, debris, and more stubborn clogs to keep everything working properly during the rainy season.
Whenever plumbing problems arise, the experienced and professional plumbers at Pacific Plumbing & Drain have your back. From emergency calls to residential services, we offer countless services to both residential and commercial properties. We are one of the top ranked drain cleaning companies in the Vancouver WA and Portland OR area. Just give us a call today to schedule your appointment!