Fixing slow or clogged drains
Slow or clogged drains can be a real hassle in a home. The best thing to do is to regularly maintain drains which you can easily do on your own if you choose to. However, once that drain is slow or clogged, it is best to call in the pros.
When your drains start to take a long time to drain or become completely clogged, there is a possibility of major problems brewing up unseen.
Depending on the are where the problem exists, it could be anywhere from broker pipes, tree branches impeding drainage and more.
Some of the things that can clog sewer lines and drains are:
- Tree and shrub roots
- Hard water deposits
- Sanitary products and disposable wipes
- Grease and oil
- Bandages and dressing
Methods of cleaning residential and commercial drains
DIY Chemical Drain Cleaning
Chemical drain cleaning methods are usually” Do It Yourself “ attempts to get rid of light drain clogs or just slow drains. These methods utilize some form of solid or liquid acids and alkaline. They are usually found at hardware stores or even the local grocery or convenience store.
Basically, the chemical is poured directly into the clogged drain where it reacts and dislodges the organic blockage. Beware though as some products are corrosive and can cause hazards such as chemical burns on your skin and even damage your pipes. The best course of action is usually to let licensed plumbers clean your drain as they have the skills to choose and handle these potentially harmful chemicals.
Snake Drain Cleaning
The approach employs a long, flexible tool called a drain snake to unclog your lines. Most of the time, these are manually operated tools although in some cases, you can also use electric powered snaking equipment. At one end, the manual tools have a hand crank, and the other end has a corkscrew connected to it. The flexible end is placed inside the drain, and the hand crank is used to elongate the cable down the drain until it reaches where the drain is clogged. The corkscrew then drills the clog and disintegrates it. This method is very effective in clearing massive clogs including plant intrusions, hair and food waste.
Hydro Jetting Drain Cleaning
The hydro-jetting method of drain cleaning uses high-pressure water streams to remove the clogs in drains. The hydro jet equipment uses a hosepipe linked to a powerful nozzle that pushes water at very high pressure of up to 30,000 PSI.
This method is used on more complex jobs, not to unclog your kitchen sink or bathroom commode. When clearing drains that require more powerful methods, the starting step is insert a camera to identify the nature and extent of the blockage.
Once that is done, the hydro jet nozzle is pushed into the drain, and the high-pressure water forces itself through the pipe. The pressure and energy from the water are what clears the drain removing any debri or material clogging it. Hydro jetting is ideal to penetrate long drain pipes by pushing water through as it completely clears out all obstructions including food, hair, grease, residue, and mineral deposits.
Air Burst Drain Cleaning
Airburst drain cleaning uses accelerated gas such as carbon dioxide to unclog pipes. The gas creates a force that can disintegrate and dislodge the accumulated clog.
Airburst drain cleaning is effective and works faster than chemical drain cleaning. It can reach blockages that are far down the drain and does not leave marks or scratches on your pipes.
A clogged drain can be a huge inconvenience with potentially disastrous consequences if not treated timely and property. However, trying to unclog the drains on your own can be appealing for small issues, the problem is that unless you have the tools and skills, you don’t know if it is a small or a big problem.
The best solution then, is to let a professional take care of it. Our team is absolutely proficient and effective at taking care of all your drain cleaning needs.