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How Do I Know If I Need A Drain Cleaning?

May 24, 2022 | Blog

Functional plumbing is a household essential, and it can be chaotic when drains get clogged. While a backed-up drain is not uncommon, homeowners often miss the warning signs that lead to a complete blockage.

At Axsom Air, we encourage keeping your drains clean! Keep reading to learn about the signs of a clogged drain and how our plumbing services can fix the issue.

Signs That You Need Drain Cleaning Services

Occasionally, a backed-up drain can become unclogged without professional services. However, if a drain is neglected and not properly cleaned, some problems may become more recurring.

Slow Drains

If water is collecting in a sink or tub and draining slowly, this is a sign of a drain clog. Slow-moving drainage occurs from a buildup of substances in the drain, such as hair or food. The longer the clog exists, the bigger and more problematic it will become.

Frequent Clogs

Clogs happen every now and then, but they should not happen often. Frequent clogging in sinks or toilets can signal a large buildup forming in your pipes.

Although liquid drain cleaners can temporarily solve the problem, they are not meant for long-term use and can also chemically erode your pipes.

Unpleasant Strong Odor

Any foul odors that come from your drain are a red flag. Unpleasant smells signal that sewage or food might be backed up in the pipes, creating a drain clog. The odor will become stronger if the buildup is not removed quickly.

What to Expect From a Drain Cleaning Service

The methods used in a drain cleaning service can vary based on the severity of the clog. Your service provider will begin by asking you questions about your plumbing issues. Their assessment will determine what techniques can fix the blockage.

Drain Snaking

Drain augers and drain snakes remove minor blockages in drainpipes. These tube-shaped tools are inserted into pipes to break down any obstructions. This method is typically for minor drain clogs.


One of the most common methods of drain cleaning is hydro-jetting. A hydro-jetter is a hose that enters that blocked pipe and forcefully sprays water to remove any buildup.

Hydro-jetters spray at higher pressures and are versatile with the kinds of pipelines they can clean.

Video Inspections

Occasionally, your service provider will use a camera to ensure that the buildup is gone. The camera enters a drain, giving the plumber a visual of what is causing any plumbing issues.

Effects of Avoiding Drain Cleanings

It is crucial to keep your pipes clean and functioning. Continuously neglecting your drains can cause other issues to form in your household.

Pipe Damage and Leaks

Buildup can cause chemical corrosion to your pipes if it is ignored long-term. Leaky pipes release water that can damage your floors, leading to additional costly repairs.

Mold and Other Bacteria

Bacteria can grow in your pipes if any buildup is left unattended. Leaks and other forms of pipe damage can also cause mold growth. Mold and other bacteria are dangerous to the health of those in a household, but both are preventable with drain cleaning services.


Clogs can occasionally attract insects and rodents due to the high levels of moisture and residue. Some of these pests include:

  • Roaches
  • Silverfish
  • Flies
  • Mice
  • Rodents

Routinely cleaning your drains can help prevent pests from entering your household.

Contact Axsom Air!

At Axsom Air, we prioritize customer comfort and safety! We’re here to help you with any questions about cleaning your drains. Contact us today if you are in need of any plumbing services!

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