Do you have additional questions?
Are commercial drain cleaners effective?
Commercial drain cleaners can be effective, but many are extremely corrosive to:
- Older pipes (copper or iron)
- PVC pipes
- Galvanized steel
Most commercial drain cleaners are chemical in nature, using sodium hydroxide or sulfuric acid. Not only can they harm your pipes, but they can damage clothes and cause skin irritation and/or chemical burns.
How do I prevent my drains from getting clogged?
Make sure your shower drain is covered with a metal grate or other type of hair catcher. Try to limit the amount of hair that gets washed down your bathroom sink or shower/bath tub. Don’t put grease down your drains, even when diluting with hot water and soap. Collect grease in a glass container and allow it to cool before disposing in your trash can.
Why does my drain keep clogging?
A number of issues can contribute to clogged drains. Hard water, tree roots, buildup of hair, grease, and debris in sinks, showers, and bathtub drains. Regular maintenance and cleaning by experienced professionals like Marvel Sewer and Drain can keep your drains open and clog free.
What’s causing that foul smell emanating from my laundry tub/bathtub/sink?
A clogged drain can interfere with normal household drainage into the main sewer line. It can also mean that your P-trap has dried out due to lack of use. You may have a clog in the trap under your kitchen or bathroom sink. If the P-trap has dried out, running a little bit of water down the drain may help. A little bit of bleach poured into the trap and allowing it to soak for a little while may also help. If not, call us!
My garbage disposal emits an unpleasant odor. How can I prevent that?
We find that running ice or sliced lemon or lime peels through the disposal (while water is running) can be beneficial in eliminating odors. A few other tips:
- A bit of bleach down the drain every once in a while may help with odors.
- Baking soda and vinegar - with the garbage disposal running, pour 1 cup of dry baking soda down the sink, followed by 1 cup of distilled white vinegar.
- Always run your garbage disposal with cold water.
- Occasionally (unplug the garbage disposal first!) clean the inside of the garbage disposal unit with a wire or dish brush. Make sure the brush has a long enough handle so your fingers or hand do not enter the garbage disposal.
When do I need a professional for drain or sewer problems?
- Recurring clogs
- Sluggish or slow drains
- More than one clogged drain
- Water puddling (indication of a clogged drain or sewage backup)
- Persistent foul odor (can be an indication of a serious drainage issue)