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How do I know if my drains should be cleaned?
Most plumbing problems exhibit warning signs before they become a serious problem. Are you experiencing any of the common symptoms listed to the right? These are indicators that you should become familiar with when it comes to clogged drains. If you are experiencing any of these signs, it’s best to call and have your drains assessed and cleared.
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Slow drainage is an indicator that there is a blockage or buildup in your drains that needs to be cleared. If only one drain is slow, the blockage is typically isolated to that drain. If multiple drains are draining slowly or one drain is backing up into another, the blockage is most likely in the drain or somewhere in your main sewer line. Often, built up sewer sludge or rust in a sewer line over time will cause pipe deterioration.
A gurgling or banging noise is usually a sign that there is a blockage in your drain.
If you have ruled out a dried p-trap, the next possible reason for foul odor is a clogged drain. Foul odor can be caused by bacteria that builds up in a clogged drain.
If a drain is backed up, it can potentially cause water to back up into fixture drains that tie into it. As the water finds somewhere to go, pressure builds up forcing the water into another drain which may potentially cause a costly and messy backup. Most commonly, water will backup into the lowest drain fixture inlet of the sewer that is backed up, generally a bathtub, base of a toilet or a drain in a garage of a house on crawlspace.
Drain Cleaning FAQs
The most common causes for clogged drains include: hair, soap residue, dirt, F.O.G. (Fats, Oils and Grease), food debris, and mineral build-up. If drains are compromised, it may be due to dirt or roots.
Items that should NOT be flushed include: “Flushable” wipes, diapers, feminine products, condoms, cotton products, medication, paper towels, and thick toilet paper. Put simply, you should only flush sewage and toilet paper.
Avoid putting items down that drain that don’t belong, don’t use harsh chemicals and eliminate as much fats, oils, and grease being poured down your drain.
Ways to prevent this are to use mesh strainers in sinks, tubs and showers to catch hair and food waste. You should also wipe fats, oils, and grease from plates and pans before washing them or putting them in the dishwasher.
No! This may seem like the easy approach to handle a clogged drain. However, harsh chemical cleaners are not only hazardous to you and the environment but can also do extensive damage to your plumbing.
Chemical cleaners are designed to cut through thick grease, hair, and debris buildup which means they are strong enough to deteriorate your drains.
If you have a whole house backup, it is possible that the backup is on the city and their responsibility to clear. The city is responsible for sewer lines starting at the city sewer cleanout, located at the end of your main sewer line. If the city cleanout is empty, the backup is your responsibility. If the city cleanout is full, it is the City’s responsibility. This sewer main usually sits beyond the boundaries of your property. Anything within your property line is your responsibility.
If you believe the backup is on the city side, it’s best to call them first to see if they can clear the line as this would be no cost to you.
We believe that drain cleaning is an art. Our Technicians are trained to methodically think through how best to clean your drains.
For small drain backups like a bathroom sink, washer drain, tub/shower or kitchen sink, we use a small spinning drum machine with a ¼” steel cable and spring head to pull back hair or lint and clean out soap residue and grease. For larger drains, main sewer backups, especially backups in cast iron drains, we use a large spinning drum machine with a 3/8”, ½”, ¾” steel cable and cutter head to clear out rust build-up, foreign objects or roots from sewers 3” and up. If a drain or main sewer is backed up with a semi-solid, like sewer sludge or F.O.G., we use high-pressure water and a nozzled jet head on our trailer jet to move the semi-solid out of blocked drains.