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Drain Cleaning FAQs

What’s the easiest way to prevent drain clogs in the kitchen?

A: The most important thing to do is avoid rinsing fats and cooking oils down the kitchen sink. When fats and oils stick to drains and pipes, they can’t be washed out with water. Over time, this leads to a buildup that can trap other particles and lead to a clog.

Why do my washing machine and kitchen sink clog at the same time?

A: Kitchen and laundry room drains are usually connected. As a result, lint from the laundry drain meets grease, soap and food buildup from the kitchen drain and a blockage can form that affects both areas. While strainers and filters will help here, the best thing you can do is have your drains snaked periodically.

What do I do if my sewer line is blocked?

A: Sewer lines are most often clogged by tree root infiltration. When this happens the best thing you can do is have your line repaired or replaced. Fortunately, sewer line replacement is not nearly as painful as it sounds – Barker & Sons can take care of it quickly and easily!

What happens when roots get into my sewer line?

A: Roots are drawn toward the water, heat and nutrients that flow through your pipes. They will slowly extend small fibers into the pipes, eventually growing and cracking through them. While this is happening, things like toilet tissue and any large chunks of debris will get caught in the network. Over time, these snags will grow larger and stop up your pipes, causing all the drains in your home to back up. Clay pipes are the most susceptible to root intrusion, followed by concrete pipes and, to a lesser extent, PVC pipes.

Will chemical drain cleaners damage my pipes?

A: For minor clogs, enzyme based drain cleaners are OK (provided you take proper precautions). However, for big clogs, it’s best to call Barker & Sons for drain cleaning!