Now that spring is quickly approaching, a lot of homeowners have spring cleaning on their minds. As they dust inside the house, wash the walls, clean the baseboards, clean out the gutters, get a professional chimney cleaning, and have the outside windows cleaned, should they be doing something about their drains too?
At Excalibur Pluming, a lot of customers ask us, “When is the best time of year to get my drains cleaned?” There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to this question because a lot of it has to do with:
- The size of your household,
- How often your family members are home,
- How long it’s been since you had a professional drain cleaning, AND
- If your plumbing takes a beating during summer break and the holidays.
You see, if only two people live in your five-bedroom home and you both travel a lot for business, your plumbing won’t get as much use as a similar-sized home with a family of seven, who happens to homeschool their children. In the latter example, clearly the plumbing pipes would be used a lot more frequently.
Drain Cleaning After the Holidays
If you love to entertain a house full of guests, one good time to have drain cleaning is after the holidays. Why? Because, the plumbing pipes are under more stress in these situations. If you’re throwing holiday parties and big dinners, the pipes, especially those in the kitchen, are going to see more wear and tear.
If you have kids home from school or college, or if you have family staying from out of town, your bathtubs, showers, and bathroom sinks will see more use as well, which is why it’s wise for people to have a professional drain cleaning after the holidays are over. Things like grease from turkeys and pot roasts, extra soap scum, and hair from guests can accumulate, slowing the flow of waste and water through the pipes.
Be aware of these signs that your drains need to be cleaned regardless of the time of year:
- You have slow-draining pipes.
- Bad smells are coming from the drains.
- It’s been more than a year since you had the drains professionally cleaned.
Contact Excalibur Plumbing today for all of your drain cleaning needs!