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Group offers advice on spring drain cleaning

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is advising consumers to prepare and do preliminary research before hiring someone to clean their homes' drains this spring.

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is advising consumers to prepare and do preliminary research before hiring someone to clean their homes' drains this spring.

Drain cleaning can rid homes of unwanted odors and help avoid clogged sinks and overflowing toilets. But the group reminded consumers Tuesday that not all drain cleaners are licensed plumbers.

The BBB recommends consumers get references from friends and family and visit www.bbb.org to read free business reviews on any company they are considering hiring.

They also suggest shopping around to get more than one estimate and calling officials before any digging begins to ensure the work does not cause other utility problems.

The BBB said consumers should beware of additional fees, keep the company informed on past chemical or other treatments to clean drains, ask about the company's warranty and look into what caused the problem and how it can be prevented in the future.

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