Fall is a great time to perform some routine drain maintenance. The drains in your sinks and tubs are simple and complex all at once. While the basic idea of drains is simple, when you begin looking at the contraption, you’ll find there are unexpected complexities.

This is why calling Affordable Service Plumbing and Heating for regular drain maintenance is a must. At least once a year, you should take a little time and maintain your drains. Maintaining your drains will save you time and money in the long-run.

One of the best times to conduct drain maintenance is in fall. If you can assure your drains are clear and clean before cold weather hits, you’ll have one less plumbing worry. First, check each drain to see if there is any slowing or back up. If so, you may wish to try plunging or a natural drain cleaner. If this doesn’t work, consider having a professional from Affordable Service clear the drain for you, rather than relying on harsh chemicals that may damage your pipes. Chemical drain cleaners can often do more harm than good – harsh, toxic ingredients can be damaging to your plumbing and septic system – not to mention bad for the environment.

After you’ve cleared any clogs or slowdowns, check under all sinks for leaks. Catching an unexpected leak when it’s small can prevent a huge problem later. Finally, consider utilizing “catchers” on your drain to keep food, hair and other large items from causing problems in the future. This is also a great time to add product into your septic system if your house uses one.

All told, drain maintenance may only take a few moments, but it is time well-spent. By doing this, you will assure your home’s plumbing functions well all year long. If you need additional assistance or you have any questions about drain maintenance, reach out to Affordable Service Plumbing and Heating. We look forward to helping you keep your plumbing systems working smoothly.