LA area plumbers tell how to avoid clogged drains
At one point or another, most homeowners will experience a clogged drain. Two highly rated plumbers from the Los Angeles-area share expert advice on how to keep your drains clear and running smoothly.
Todd Marsh, owner of highly rated TRM Plumbing, Inc. in Los Angeles, says older drain lines should be snaked once or twice a year by a professional.
“Don’t wait until it stops,” he says.
For drains that do become clogged, Marsh warns homeowners not to use store-bought drain cleaners, as they can eat away at old pipes.
Ruben Delgado, owner of highly rated R&D Plumbing in Venice, Calif., says his expert advice comes from homeowners who have gone decades without experiencing a clog.
“They have told me, I have no scientific way of proving it, but what they told me is they go up there once a month and put a cup of bleach in every drain,” he says. “And I have been told this by many people.”
Marsh also recommends using bleach as a preventive measure about four times each year, as he says it will “remove slime, stickiness and film that builds up on the walls and lining of the pipe and fittings.” Marsh says not to put bleach down the garbage disposal.