Vernon plumber shares insight on drain cleaning vs. drain clearing

From unpleasant odours to structural damage, there are more risks associated with clogged drains than many people realize.

“Clogged drains are often seen as an inconvenience but if not handled properly they can continue to grow into a much bigger problem,” says Ted Fox from Fox Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electrical. “There’s also a lot of misinformation on how best to handle a clogged drain and why it’s important to fully clean the drain, not just clear it.”

Why have your clogged drain professionally cleared today? It’s about more than a slow-draining sink, Fox says. Additional issues can include:

  • Chemical exposure
  • Leaks
  • Structural damage
  • Pests
  • Health risks
  • Mould
  • Water contamination
  • Unpleasant odours

What’s the difference between drain clearing and drain cleaning?

“Drain clearing essentially removes the obvious clog that is causing your drain problems but drain cleaning is more comprehensive,” Fox says.

“With drain cleaning, we’re fully flushing your pipes to prevent further issues down the line. I generally suggest people opt for drain cleaning when possible as it not only addresses the immediate concern but also prevents future clogs by removing build-up,” he explains.

”Ideally homeowners should be having their drains cleaned every one to two years regardless of drainage concerns to ensure their pipes are in good working order.”

Frozen pipes?

Frozen and burst pipes are a homeowner’s worst winter nightmare. With same-day service available, you might want to keep Fox Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electrical’s number close by! Reach them at 1-833-936-1810 or online here.

Fox Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electrical has been recognized for Customer Service Excellence by the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce, and has been serving communities in the Thompson Okanagan since 1999. For service requests visit them online at or call them at 1-833-793-4569.

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