What You Need to Know About Fall Drain Cleaning Season

Did you know that fall is drain cleaning season? Many homeowners don’t pay enough attention to their drains, which results in nasty clogs and blocked drain pipes. The best way to prevent complications from dirty drains is by cleaning them on an annual basis.


We recommend that you clean your drains in the fall because it’s easy to add it to your list of fall preparation chores. It’s also a good time to get it done to make sure that your drains are clean in time for the holidays and they are ready to accommodate the increased amount of cooking and entertaining you will be doing.

No one wants to have to call a plumber during the holidays, so make sure your drains get cleaned this fall.

How Drains Become Blocked in the First Place

clean-sink-drainEven if you are diligent about making sure no foreign objects are ending up down your drains, you may still experience clogs or other issues stemming from a dirty drain.

Some of the most common materials that contribute to dirty drains include:

  • Skin flakes and hair from the shower or tub.
  • Grease and oil.
  • Food and small debris from the kitchen sink.
  • Minerals such as magnesium and calcium that naturally occur in the water.
  • Over time, these materials collect in the drain and attach to the pipe wall. As they harden and solidify, they create a nasty clog that is sometimes difficult to remove.

What is the best way to deal with a clogged drain?

Clogged drains result in slow-moving or standing water in your sink or tub. This is a huge inconvenience that must be dealt with quickly. Most homeowners will opt for a liquid chemical drain cleaner to get the job done quickly. These chemical cleaners are effective because the harsh chemicals can dissolve the clog. However, the biggest issue with chemical cleaners is that they also corrode the inside of the pipe and create weak spots that will eventually rupture.

call-a-professional-plumberThe best way to deal with a clogged drain before calling a plumber is by plunging it with your plunger. The suction from the plunger will gently dislodge the clog and make sure the water in your sink or tub drains properly.

Another way that professional plumbers deal with clogged drains is with high-pressure water cleaning. A jet of highly pressurized water will dislodge clogs and smooth out the texture of your pipe, preventing future clogs.

It’s important to leave this job to a professional because if the water pressure is too high, it may cause the pipe to become damaged or disconnected.

How Do I Know When to Call a Plumber?

If plunging the clog doesn’t work, that’s when we recommend calling a plumber. A professional will assess the situation and recommend the right amount of pressure to clean the pipe. We also recommend investing in professional drain cleaning at least once per year to make sure everything is working smoothly.

Call VanGo Rooter in San Francisco, CA today at 415-779-0009 to learn more about professional drain cleaning services.