Nobody wants to deal with a clogged drain, but sometimes even the best drain cleaners won’t do the trick. If you’re experiencing a clogged drain that just won’t go away, unusual gas smells, or gurgling sounds coming from your plumbing, it’s time to call a professional drain cleaning services company like C&W Plumbing. Reach us day or night at 972-395-2597 for 24/7 service.
Here are just a few of the tools you can expect to see when we deal with that drain problem of yours:
One of the first and most common tools used for drain cleaning services is the sewer snake. It’s perfect for drains that are clogged with grease and soap. A snake can also do wonders when removing hair and other materials that have fallen down the tub or sink recently. Combined with a rooter machine, a sewer snake is powerful enough to get rid of tree roots that may be in the way.
A camera inspection of your drains removes all guesswork. It’s a great drain inspection tool because it can pinpoint the exact problem you’re having, whether it is a tree root, a break, or a belly in the sewer line. This allows a plumber to work quickly and come up with an adequate solution to the issue.
Camera inspections are also a great solution for a few other reasons. We’ve seen people drop their valuables, such as a wedding rings and other sentimental pieces down the drain, and a camera can help locate them. We also recommend taking advantage of cameras before you buy a house or when you’re planning a bathroom or kitchen remodel, so you can locate any potential issues with the plumbing.
We highly suggest using a camera inspection if you are experiencing the same clog again and again. What it reveals could point to something more serious than you suspected or were treating.
Smoke tests are a completely non-toxic way to determine if there is a sewer gas leak in your home. We make sure to include it in our arsenal because it can quickly locate the source of a leak, even if it is too small for a camera to notice.
How does it work? A licensed plumbing technician sends smoke through your pipes. The smoke will appear in areas where there are leakages. Smoke testing can also find fluid leaks where water can escape or runoff can come in.
Many states throughout the country now require homes and businesses to have methane gas and carbon monoxide detectors on top of their smoke detectors. Sewer line gas tends to include methane gas, which can cause death or explosions. If you smell rotten eggs or other sewer-like scents, it could be a sign of methane gas, hydrogen sulfide, or other gasses coming into the home from a sewer leak. Call a plumber immediately.
Sometimes when a drain is clogged very heavily with grease, grime, or other materials, hydrojetting is the only answer. A blast of high-pressured water cleans out everything in its path. Often compared to power washing, it even has the ability to destroy tree roots in your lines.
If hydrojetting sounds like the solution for you, don’t try it on your own. A professional can determine if hydrojetting is a better option than using a sewer snake. In most cases where the clog is caused by grease, hydrojetting is the right choice.
Sewer Line Replacement
When drain cleaning tools just don’t cut it, or camera inspections and smoke testing find a bigger issue, the answer is probably to replace your sewer lines. It takes only a few days to complete this project, and we only expose the pipes that need repairs. While sewer line replacement will cause initial inconveniences, it is a more permanent answer to the issue at hand, as PVC pipe is known to last 100 years or more.
The best way to care for your pipes and your drain system is to avoid issues altogether. Sometimes they can’t be helped, but there are a few things you can do around your house that could save you time, effort, and money down the line.
Here are four easy ones!
- Use mesh screens in showers, baths, or sinks where you wash or brush your hair.
- Don’t put solids, grease, or sticky products down your garbage disposal.
- Don’t flush anything but waste and toilet paper down the toilet. Avoid flushing cat litter, paper towels, baby wipes, etc.
- Clean your garbage disposal once a month with ice, table salt, cold water, and lemon.
Don’t let plumbing issues fall by the wayside. Avoiding repairs could become more costly in the long run, so it’s important to keep an eye on your drains, faucets, and pipes. If you notice…
- Clogs that keep returning
- Noises coming from the sink
- Sewage odors
- Toilets that make gurgling sounds
- Other odd situations surrounding your plumbing
…it may be time to call a professional with drain cleaning tools. Reach out to C&W Plumbing at 972-395-2597 anytime for a consultation appointment and assistance with getting your plumbing system back in working order.