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5 Signs You May Need Your Drain Cleaned

5 Signs You May Need Your Drain Cleaned

Your drains are a very important part of your house. Many people forget just how important they are even though they play a vital part in removing waste water from the home. If you notice problems with your drain, call Crawford Mechanical Services right away to have your drain cleaned before the problem gets any worse. Here are five signs that you may need your drain cleaned. Not Draining or Clogged Clogs are one of the most common problems you might have with your drain. Here are some of the common causes of clogs: Roots Root systems sometimes grow through pipes in your plumbing system, which can cause clogs and other big problems. Grease It’s important to keep all food out of the drain, but it’s especially important to keep grease out. Bad clogs can occur when grease solidifies in a drain. Hair Keeping hair out of drains can be tough, but it’s important to try and catch it before it goes down the drain and becomes a clog. Clogs need to be removed as quickly as possible because standing water in the sink, tub and pipes creates an unhealthy atmosphere and can damage your plumbing. Slow Draining If the water doesn’t seem to be draining as quickly as it should, it could be a sign that a clog is forming in the drain. It’s best to go ahead and call a plumber to clean out the drain before the clog fully forms and completely stops water from flowing. Unpleasant Odor An unpleasant smell coming from the drain can be a sign of a clog. A small animal might have...
Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Plumbing System

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Plumbing System

Spring is here, which means you’ve probably started your spring cleaning routine inside your home. However, there is a lot more to spring cleaning than simply organizing the closets, dusting the shelves and packing up winter clothes. Your plumbing system needs a little attention this spring, too! Give Your Sump Pump a Quick Test Fill three to four buckets of water and pour them in your sump pump. Observe how it reacts. Does the pump turn on quickly and discharge the water and then shut back off? If so, then the sump pump is working efficiently. However, if you notice that there is a delay in the pump switching on or that it’s not discharging the water, there is a problem. You will need to call in a professional plumber like Crawford Mechanical Services for assistance. Prevent Common Sewer Back-Ups If sewer back-ups tend to be common at your home, then you will want to consider installing a backflow valve. This is installed in the floor drain and will help prevent any sewer back-ups on your property. Clean Your Gutter System Whether it is the gutters themselves, the downspouts or the drains, you need to make sure that your entire gutter system is free and clear of all types of debris. This includes leaves, branches and everything in between. Cleaning your gutters ensures that rainwater can drain properly off the roof of your home. You will probably also want to check out your vent pipes to make sure that there aren’t any little critters trying to make a home there, as this is very common in the winter. Test...