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Sewer Drain Cleaning – How To Info

A multitude of problems can be caused by sewer blockages. Water and waste have no place to exit when a drain clog occurs. This will not only bring a terrible odor, but the fumes from the build-up are toxic and can be unhealthy for you and your family. We are experts in clogged drains and are here to tell you all you need to know about sewer line cleaning and how to get this done properly. This will help you to know when you need a professional and the various methods there are to consider for the problem you’re experiencing.

Signs You Need a Sewer Drain Cleaning

It can be difficult to locate the main drain of your home to rectify a sewer clog. We recommend regular plumbing maintenance. This will help to avoid issues and drastic repairs such as drain clogs. It is possible for drain clogs to catch you off guard. A fast drain cleaning could be exactly what you need!

A few indicators that could mean you are dealing with a drain clog are:

Bad Odors

A pretty obvious sign that something is not right with your plumbing is a foul odor coming from your drain. Backed-up residue and stagnant water that is not filtering through your pipes is bound to smell.

Pooling Water

An indication of something more serious can be pooling water. If you notice puddles of water in your yard, it’s time to clean your drains. A foul odor is also likely to be coming from these puddles.

Slow Drainage

If your drains seem to be draining slower than normal, it may be because there is a blockage clogging up the free flow. This can take place in the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, bathtub and shower.

Water Back-ups

Excess air in your drainage system can cause water to bubble up in various parts of your plumbing system when water is draining. If you flush the toilet and the tub drain gurgles, or the washing machine is draining and the toilet bubbles, it suggests there is an issue in your sewer line that is forcing water to back up.

Regular Clogging

Cleaning drains yourself is acceptable as long as you’re successful and you don’t have to repeat too often. If you’re experiencing clogs on a daily or weekly basis, it is important to call a professional to address the problem right away. The longer the problem persists, the more damage may be caused. Having a plumber fix the issue will not only save yourself money, time and effort but it will also prevent any further damage.

Methods for Sewer Drain Cleaning

There are different clogs that will be addressed using a few different methods. A common solution is snake drain cleaning. However, the method used depends on the extremity of the clog and the location and accessibility of your main drain.

Chemical Drain Cleaning

Solid or liquid chemicals that dissolve clogged drains may be used..

While this option can be relatively effective and easy to use they are not always the safest option. Chemical cleaners are toxic, especially to animals and small children. Some cleaners may also be damaging to your plumbing. An eco-friendly product like Bio-Clean is a safer option for a liquid drain cleaner. This option is made up of enzymes and natural bacteria that dissolve any organic matter that is stuck in your drain. Living organisms will travel where they need to and dissolve matter throughout your plumbing pipes. It is not limited to the pull of gravity like other liquid or solid chemical cleaners.

Hydro Jetting

Hydro jetting is a popular method of unclogging drains due to it’s high-pressure water streams. The hose that hydro jets use produces up to 4,000 PSI and can blast through clogged hair, food or grease thanks to this pressure.

Snake Drain Cleaning

Snake drain cleaning, also known as a plumbing auger, is the use of a thick, long, flexible tool that moves through plumbing pipes easily. It has a hand crank on one end and a corkscrew-like device on the other end. The more flexible, yet equally strong side of this drain cleaner is what digs deep into clogs that are otherwise impossible to reach with your average plunger. This tool allows for extraction at any angle as it goes down inside the pipe, even through ground roots if you’re dealing with some serious blockages.

Call a Professional Drain Cleaner

We suggest that you discontinue the use of your plumbing immediately and call a professional if you are experiencing a drain clog of any sort and need a sewer drain cleaning. We offer emergency drain cleaning services and will assist you with any concerns or plumbing needs. Call us today!

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