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Quality Drain Cleaning In chicago: what you should know

Maybe it’s the kitchen sink that fills up and won’t drain all the way after you’re done with the dishes; maybe it’s the shower that’s had one too many hairballs; maybe it’s the toilet in the one bathroom that always—you get the picture.

The point being, a clogged drain is a simple but annoying issue to encounter with your plumbing.  It’s something a lot of homeowners want to and can take care of themselves—but many have tried, and many have found themselves and their piping in even more of a mess after trying to wrangle with the guts of the problem-area toilet or sink.

Whatever you do, don’t put yourself in a worse situation.  With the right Chicago plumbing professionals from Parks’ Plumbing & Sewer, your drain won’t just be cleaned; it’ll be clear for a long, long time to come.  

And who knows—the best guys might even give you some tips on how to take care of it on your own if it happens again.

Signs Your Drains Need Cleaning:

Slow Drainage

The most common sign in any drain that needs a good cleaning is a slow drain time.  If water stays a little past its welcome in the sink or the bowl, or even if it’s just a bit sluggish, it’s probably time for some cleaning.

Bad Odors

Any smell that’s not a good one coming from a drain definitely isn’t a good sign.  It could be stagnant water, parts of the drain or pipe that have slowly eroded, or maybe even mold.  Either way, a cleaning is recommended highly in any case.

Excess Water

If there’s standing water in your yard or excess water starting to pool in your bathroom or kitchen around the sink or toilet, chances are you’re going to need a drain cleaning.

Before You Go For the Drano...

Liquid drain cleaners are a go-to solution for many homeowners when it comes to tackling tough clogs, and it makes sense.  They’re easy to use, most of the time they get the job done, and best of all, they’re quicker and cheaper than a plumber.  

But are they worth it?

Not always, and definitely not frequently.   Here’s why: 

  • Liquid cleaners were never designed for frequent use.   The same chemicals that help unstick stubborn clogs can actually begin to corrode your pipes, especially if they’re older.  That doesn’t just mean you might end up with leaky pipes—they could potentially contaminate the potable water of the house if used constantly.
  • On the environmental side, they’re not ideal.   It might be nice to see the toilet flush smooth again, or the sink drain like it used to, but once that water gets pumped back outside, it could end up seeping into the ground and polluting wherever it ends up.   
  • The clog might not be your only problem.  There’s always the chance that the issue with a bad drain might not be the drain at all, but something else further down the drain line.  Even a drain snake won’t reach some of those problem areas, and that’s when it might be time to ring up a licensed plumber from Parks’ Plumbing & Sewer to take care of all your drain cleaning needs.

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