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Is it Time to Clean Out Your Drains?

When you are going through your usual housekeeping checklist, you may not consider the unseen parts of your home that need to be cleaned, such as your drains. The funny thing is, if your drains end up collecting too much debris, it can affect your lifestyle a lot more than a dusty countertop!

Maintaining the cleanliness of the piping in your home may fall into the “out of sight” category but it certainly shouldn’t be “out of mind.” But how do you know when the time has come to call a professional for drain cleaning services?

There are several signs that can help you identify when the time has come to give your drains a good scrub. The key here is noticing these indicators early on… before you find yourself standing in a murky puddle of water in your bathroom.

Read on to find out when you should call a professional plumber to service your drains!


What do you do when you look at your kitchen sink or your shower drain? If you are noticing the presence of fruit flies around the sink in your kitchen, or standing water in the bathtub, these are sights that should tell you it is time to clean your drains. Similarly, if you are noticing that your drains are clogging more often than normal, or are draining at a reduced rate, it means that there is build-up that needs to be addressed in the near future.


When you flush the toilet, do you hear gurgling? What about when the bathroom sink drains after you finish washing your face? If you are hearing the sound of gurgles or bubbles, this should tell you that the water in said drain is struggling its way through a tight space or being redirected due to a blockage or build-up.


Neither your kitchen nor your bathroom should smell bad all the time. While we know some events can cause lingering scents, like washing that to-go box down the sink that you could have sworn you disposed of weeks ago, the smell shouldn’t haunt your drain for more than a few extra minutes. If you are noticing the smell of earlier events coming back to bother you, it means that your drains are clogged, allowing anything that was put into your plumbing recently to sit and fester.

When the Time Comes to Call a Professional

If you are noticing any of these symptoms in your bathroom or kitchen, you should know that it is time to clean your drains before the issue worsens. For those that don’t want to worry about waiting until they see, hear or smell a problem with their drains, that next call to the plumber may be a good time to ask about signing up for a regular maintenance program.

If you find yourself questioning whether your plumbing needs cleaning, take a minute to reach out to our plumbers in Modesto. The professional plumbing contractors of DeHart Plumbing, Heating, and Air Inc. provide inspections and cleaning services that keep your drains debris-free year-round. 

Contact DeHart Plumbing, Heating, and Air, Inc. today to learn about our plumbing services or to schedule an appointment.

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