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Minor Clog or Major Plumbing Issue?

a pipe with a pinhole leak Have you noticed a seemingly minor clog somewhere in your home? Maybe your kitchen sink drain is a bit sluggish. Or perhaps you noticed your toilet bubbling while using another plumbing fixture. Your first instinct may be to go get some of that liquid drain cleaner you can buy at pretty much any hardware store, and solve your problem that way. Unfortunately, not only is this only a temporary solution, but it can also actually damage your plumbing.

Additionally, if it’s not a minor clog as it may seem, and you actually have a more serious plumbing issue progressing, then you may be delaying repairs that could have prevented a huge plumbing emergency later on. The best thing for you to do to prevent minor clogs and major plumbing issues is schedule routine Glenview, IL drain cleaning services. Even outside routine service though, there are signs that are good to be aware of so you can call for drain cleaning before the problem gets too advanced.

Are Your Drains Moving Slowly?

Clogs are the single biggest issues you’re likely to face with your drain and sewer system. The problem with dismissing a “minor clog” is that over time, clogs build up on the drain pipe walls, and as they build toward the center of the pipe, they restrict the flow of water more and more.

So, if you notice that one of your drains is losing water is letting water through more sluggishly than normal, it likely means that a clog is forming in your pipe. You should schedule drain cleaning services right away, before the pipe has a chance to clog up completely.

Foul Odors

This is a symptom that is more common with your kitchen sink drain than anywhere else, since it has to deal with food waste quite a bit. Other drains can experience this problem too, though. If a foul odor is coming out of one of your drains, it may be due to especially bad waste buildup in your pipes.

You should know, however, that foul odors coming out of multiple drains could be the sign that you have a problem deeper in your sewer system. Drain cleaning might not be able to deal with that type of issue.

Routine Maintenance

Even if you don’t detect any signs that your drains are in need of cleaning, it’s a good idea to schedule professional drain cleaning as part of your plumbing maintenance once a year. As we alluded to above, drain clogs tend to develop slowly over time, so preventive drain cleaning will often clean out waste buildup that would eventually have caused major problems.

Plumbing systems do not have seasons than at others, like HVAC systems do. Therefore, it’s not very important that you schedule drain cleaning services during a specific season, so long as you are scheduling in consistently each year.

For expert plumbing service, installations, or maintenance contact Reliance Plumbing Sewer & Drainage, Inc. Our knowledgeable plumbers serve the North Shore and Northwest Chicago suburbs. Rely on Reliance!

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