Drain Cleaning Methods
If you have a clog, most of us know how to use a plunger, and not much else. When your clog is more extensive than you can handle, it’s time to call in a professional.
Some homeowners may attempt to use the University of YouTube it or take a DIY route, but more often than not, you can actually make the problem worse by further clogging the drain or damaging the pipes.
Most homeowners don’t possess the proper tools, techniques, or training to effectively clean out a clogged drain. There are several methods professional plumbers use when it comes to drain cleaning.
Plunging: This is exactly what is sounds like. You are using a plunger to force the blockage. Most often used in the toilet, it’s important to completely submerge the plunger for proper suction. If you are unable to clear the clog, there is a reason. It’s time to call your plumber to prevent any further damage to your drain, pipes, and surrounding area.
Water Jetting: This is where water is used at high pressures to cut through and eliminate blockages. Different nozzles and attachments are used to control the water stream, along with varying water pressures, to cut through even the toughest clogs. This is a very effective solution for drain cleaning because it can sometimes eliminate the need for more drastic drain repair or replacements. However, it should only be used by a professional who can ensure the excessive water pressure doesn’t damage the pipes.
Drain Snake: A drain snake has a cylindrical or bell-shaped drum into which the snake cable is coiled. Drain snakes come in different sizes depending on the size and type of drain and are also referred to as a “drum snake” or “top snake.” A drain snake can be used almost anywhere and is especially effective for clogs in tubs, showers, sinks, and even washing machines. Homeowners can purchase small snakes that are 6-8 feet long, but the professionals use a 25- or 50-foot cable with a more effective corkscrew tip for snagging debris.
Chemical Treatment: There are many types of chemicals people use for drain cleaning in liquid, gel, and powder form. Chemicals can be effective, depending on the type of clog, but they should be a last resort because they can damage drains when not used properly.
Professional Drain and Water Line Repair
There may be a time when you turn on your faucet and your steady stream has turned into a weak trickle, or you may notice your water is muddy looking. This is when you need a water line repair.
In most cases, it is not the drain that needs repair, but the water line itself. This is why it’s important to call in a professional. Many times, multiple appliances are connected to the same drain.
For example, in many homes the toilet, bathtub and washing machine may use the same drain. This is why many homeowners see a buildup, and assume the sink is clogged when the real problem is in the washing machine. Calling a professional plumber is the only way to correctly identify the location and source of the clog so you can get a quality water line repair.
With regular drain cleaning, your system can last many years. However, all pipes start to wear down with normal use. If you live in an older home, or in a climate with cold, wet winters and hot, humid summers, these conditions can increase the rate of plumbing deterioration.
Replacing pipes can cost in the range of $200 to as much as $15,000. All depending on the severity of the damage, how much pipe needs to be replaced, pipe location and material cost.
Emergency Drain Services
In the event that you do have a plumbing emergency, quickly shut off the main water valve, and call a local plumber so you can reduce the amount of potential damage. Many of our plumbing contractors offer 24 hour emergency services. Quick action in times of an emergency can mean the difference between mopping up a puddle and major structural damage. Our local plumbers are licensed, professional, and have the experience to handle any plumbing problem.
The Best Plumbers Around
The plumbing in your home or office is so important. We all take plumbing for granted until we suddenly don’t have it anymore. We have scoured the area for the best plumbers in town, so the next time your toilet won’t flush or your drain smells like rotten food, give one of them a call to schedule a drain cleaning or drain repair today.