How Often Should I Have My Drains Cleaned?

Clogged plumbing pipes and blocked drains are among any homeowners’ worst nightmares. They’re not just a handful to deal with on their own; they also cause all sorts of other problems. Whether it be slow drainage or wastewater backups, they give rise to both minor and major complications. What makes matters worse is that these issues sometimes entail expensive repair costs as well. 

Unfortunately, dealing with blocked drains is inevitable—especially if you haven’t been active in the upkeep of your pipes. 

The good news is that, through regular maintenance, you can steer clear of different clogged plumbing situations. However, this leads us to an important question: how regular is regular? How often should you have your drains cleaned? 

What Is Drain Cleaning, and When Do You Know if It’s Time for One?

Drain cleaning is an essential part of plumbing maintenance; it’s the key to keeping your drains and pipes in tiptop shape. In this process, certain tools are used to remove clogs and flush out your pipes.

Even without plumbing problems, the best practice is to have your pipes and drains flushed out once every year. This practice of preventive maintenance will help break down clogs before they can even build up and wreak havoc in your pipes. 

Keeping your pipes clog-free then helps you ensure that your plumbing system remains efficient. Ultimately, it gives you peace of mind knowing that you won’t have to deal with blocked pipes or drains anytime soon. 

With all of that said, it’s a totally different scenario if you have been noticing worrying signs in your pipes and drains.

In the sections below, find some signs that require the prompt service of an emergency plumber – and if you require we’re available for plumbing emergencies in Byron Bay, Ballina, Banora Point and surrounding localities. 

What Signs Should You Look Out for? 

There are mainly two signs you must constantly be on the lookout for: slow drainage and smelly drains. 

When you’re dealing with slow drainage, it helps to remember that it does not occur out of the blue. It’s a result of neglect and poor drain practices during the past weeks or so. The problem will first manifest itself as slow draining as the buildup begins to restrict the flow of water through the system. As soon as you see this sign, get in touch with your local plumber right away. 

You will also need prompt professional plumbing services if you’re noticing a foul smell coming up from your drains. This usually happens with kitchen drains as these deal with more food waste than other drains. 

Take note, however, that this symptom can spread out across multiple drains in your home. This may indicate a deeper problem in your system—something that must be looked at immediately before things get worse. 


No matter how well your drainage system is working at the moment, regular maintenance is needed. This is because your pipes and drains naturally experience wear and tear over time. On top of that, they are prone to debris and waste buildup after continued use. Considering this, having your drains cleaned every year and seeking prompt professional help for any issue goes a long way in keeping your drainage system working efficiently. 

When it comes to dealing with blocked drains in Ballina, we’re the ones to call! At Fantastic Plumbing, our professional team of plumbers can clear your drains efficiently and effectively. Located in Byron Bay, we service Ballina, Banora Point, Lennox Head and surrounding areas. Get in touch at 0480 021 120 now to get your drains inspected!

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