Though one of the most ignored aspects of maintaining a commercial building, drain cleaning is one of the most important. The drain and sewer system serves a vital purpose in keeping the entire building functioning in a smooth and sanitary fashion. If you allow your drain and sewer system to suffer, we promise you that it will come back to haunt you later on in the form of nasty problems and costly repairs. You need to make sure that you not only find the right contractor to handle your drain cleaning needs, but that you schedule it on a regular basis.
Problems Drain Cleaning Resolves
The biggest issue that drain cleaning resolves is also the most common: clogs. Drains can clog for all kinds of reasons, whether it’s a slow waste buildup over time, or a sudden blockage of some sort, or even the expansion of a tree root system into the line. All of these things can and do happen to businesses across the country, which is why drain cleaning is so important.
If left alone, these clogs can cause all kinds of problems. The drain line will obviously be unable to function, due to whatever it is that’s blocking the flow of waste water. Even if the clog is not complete, you’re going to experience more frequent backups into the building itself. This is why you need to call for drain cleaning services.
How Often to Schedule Drain Cleaning Services
Typically, the ideal schedule for drain cleaning is around once a year. That is usually more than enough to ensure that any waste buildup or root growth is taken care of before it can get out of hand. There are times when drain cleaning is recommended more often, but those times tend to be highly dependent on the individual circumstances of the building. If you’re not sure how often you should be scheduling drain cleaning, or you think you may have special circumstances that require it more frequently, talk to a professional.
Drain Cleaning Methods
The two most common methods used for drain cleaning are drain snaking and hydro jetting. Drain snaking is typically the first method attempted, since it’s the easiest to implement. The snake is a cord with an auger attached to the end of it. The cord is inserted into the drain line until it meets the clog, at which point the auger will drill through it. If the clog proves too stubborn for the drain snake to handle, hydro jetting is the next step.
A hydro jet is like a small fire hose, with an omnidirectional sprayer head. The hose blasts a high-pressure stream of water down the pipe, reaching all areas of the walls so as to completely flush out the system. Hydro jetting is by far a more thorough method, but it’s not needed in every circumstance. It’s up to the plumber on-site to determine which is warranted.