Are you getting ready to move into a house that you recently purchased? Are you making a list of things that need to be done before moving day? Some things, like getting the utilities turned on, can be obvious. Other things are less obvious, and you may not have thought about them before. Here are some important reasons why you should have a plumber clean out your drains before you move in.
Sewer-pipe inspection: A full drain cleaning involves more than just the drains inside of your house. The plumber will also clean out the piping that runs from your house to the city sewer line or to your septic tank. If you didn't have this checked out before you purchased your home, now is the time to do so. As part of the cleaning process, the plumber will let you know if he or she finds pipes that have settled in places or that have deteriorated and that will need to be replaced soon. If the house that you bought was already a fixer-upper, then you'll want to know whether you should be prioritizing the sewer line or whether you can use the money on other aspects of your house.
Removing flushed objects: You have no way of knowing what the previous homeowners may have put down their drains. This is especially true if they were the parents of small children or if they had small children visiting them regularly. Things like bits of newspaper or small plastic toys may have flushed quite easily only to then become lodged in the sewer pipe part way to the city sewer line or to your septic tank. Once stuck, flushed objects can start to gather further debris until there is a large blockage in the pipe. This may not be a problem today, but it could easily become a problem in the near future. The preemptive drain cleaning will remove these things and make sure that you won't suddenly wake up on your first day in your new house to sinks and toilets that won't work.
Tree roots: Tree roots can be quite damaging to a sewer pipe. If there is the tiniest crack between two pipes, the roots can force their way in as part of their search for moisture and nutrients. Unfortunately for you and the pipe, raw sewage has both items in abundance. During a drain cleaning, your plumber will check for the roots of nearby trees and bushes to see if they've entered the pipe. If they have, then the roots will be removed, and your plumber will tell you how to avoid having them return in the future.
Find more info by visiting various sites online that explain the drain-cleaning process.