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Most homeowners should get a drain cleaning service once every 2 to 3 years. Even if your drains look like they’re in good shape, they may actually be underlying issues that are just looking for an opportunity to worsen. Or, these problems may be slowly worsening under your nose without you knowing. A drain cleaning service includes a video inspection. Don’t overlook this video inspection because it can tell you a lot about the condition and state of your plumbing.
If you want to learn more about the processes involved in drain cleaning services, give blueFrog Plumbing and Drain of West Houston a call at 346-262-0129. We service many areas in West Houston, including Spring Branch, TX. We can walk you through the service and help you determine when to schedule your next one.
But, first, let’s look at the 3 different things that you should look for during a video inspection and why.
#1. The Condition of the Plumbing
The first thing that the video inspection should look at is the condition of the plumbing. This will include whether there is any rust or any issues that need to be addressed. For example, our plumbers will look at whether the plumbing is still in prime condition or whether it looks warped in some areas or like it’s falling apart. Knowing the life expectancy of your plumbing can help you determine when you need to repipe your home. This will also be a good opportunity to figure out what type of plumbing you should replace your existing plumbing with.
During the drain cleaning service, we’ll use hydro jets and other methods to clean the inside of your plumbing. In general, robust plumbing will not get damaged. However, if your plumbing is in poor shape already, you may notice that it doesn’t fare well with the cleaning. This is another sign that you may need to replace some of the pipes.
It’s also important to note that dirt, dust and other particles can easily hide issues with the plumbing. It may hide scratches, dents and other imperfections that may eventually affect the structural integrity of the plumbing. Once we have washed and cleaned everything, we’ll also go back and take a look at the condition of everything. You can also take this opportunity to compare before and after photos. This way, you’ll know whether the drain cleaning service really did get rid of all of the gunk that’s hiding in your plumbing.
#2. Whether Any Tree Roots Have Invaded the Plumbing
Residents of Spring Branch, TX know that the warm weather really does encourage plant growth. And, do you know what this means?
It means that the plumbing of homes in these areas are more susceptible to tree root invasion. Tree roots will grow towards a water source. If there are any leaks in your plumbing or if any water condenses on the pipes, the tree roots will slowly grow towards them. Although the tree roots may not look strong, they can actually make their way into the plumbing and even break through pipes. Once this happens, the tree roots will grow along the pipes, so that the tree gets as much water as needed. Eventually, this means that your plumbing will get wrecked.
If your drains are constantly getting clogged, tree roots might have intruded into the plumbing. If we find any intrusion, we’ll recommend that you cut out the roots and, usually, replace that part of the plumbing as well.
#3. Whether There Are Any Leaks or Cracks
Last but not least, it’s important that you look for leaks and cracks in the plumbing. This can be difficult to see from the outside. Some leaks and cracks are so small and located in such conspicuous places that you’d never notice them. The change in your water bill may also not be much, so you could have a small leak or crack for a long time without even knowing it.
The video inspections that come with drain cleaning services will be able to get a good look at the plumbing and will be able to see whether there are any leaks or cracks that need to be addressed.
It’s always a good idea to patch up these leaks as soon as you notice them. This way, you’ll save money on your water bill, avoid water damage to your property and also avoid costly plumbing repairs in the future. Depending on the size of the leak or the crack, some of the repairs can be completed within a relatively short period of time. Our plumbers will simply patch it up with some materials, and you’ll be good to go. If the leaks are rather large, we might recommend that you replace that section of the plumbing.
A Drain Cleaning Service Can Save You Money in the Long Run
Truth be told, while many homeowners don’t realize this, drain cleaning services can actually save you a lot of money in the long run. You can make use of the video inspection to get a good idea of whether there are any plumbing issues that need to be addressed immediately. Most of the time, the plumbing issues that you catch early on will be easy and cheap to solve. The longer that you wait, the worse that the problem becomes and the more expensive it will also be.
bluefrog Plumbing and Drain of West Houston is a well-respected plumbing company with many years of experience in dealing with plumbing issues. Our licensed plumbers are well-versed on how to complete drain cleaning services, and we also take this opportunity to take a good look at your plumbing system to see whether there are any issues that need to be addressed. We offer affordable plumbing services and can help keep your plumbing in excellent condition at affordable prices.
For more information, give us a call at 346-262-0129. We service many areas of West Houston, including Spring Branch, TX.