Clogged sewer and drain pipes can be avoided by taking simple precautions, such as being aware of what goes down your drains on a regular basis. If you are experiencing a blocked line, call for help as soon as possible. Our team serves the West Covina area, as well as surrounding areas in Southern California.
How Can You Prevent Sewer and Drain Problems?
As mentioned above, moderating what enters your drains will help you avoid clogs.
Pouring grease down the drain will enter the plumbing system as a liquid while it is hot, but it will solidify as it cools. After a while, the grease will build up and eventually clog the plumbing, causing your drain to back up.
Flushing anything but toilet paper will also contribute to clogging. Food waste should not be washed down the drain without the benefit of garbage disposal. Certain food products, such as pasta and rice, can actually expand when in water and will clog your drains.
Hair washed down the drain will simply sit in the pipe and form a hairball. As the hair collects, the water flow will slow down. It is wise to install a filter or strainer to catch the hair before it is washed down the drain.
What Are Signs You Need Sewer or Drain Cleaning?
A telltale sign that you need to have your sewer or drain line cleaned, or at least inspected, is if your toilet or sink starts to overflow. This problem can be caused by several factors: corrosion, cracks or breaks, or even tree root invasion. All of these factors can lead your pipeline to clog and result in waste and water backing up into your home.
To determine the exact location of damage, we will insert a video camera into your pipeline. The camera will report, in real-time, the point of clogging or damage. This will allow our technicians to perform an accurate clean.
How Are Sewer and Drain Lines Cleaned?
Clogged drains and sewer pipes can be cleaned in two different ways: by drain snaking or rooting, or hydro jetting. The method used will depend on the extent and location of the clog. Smaller clogs that are closer to the entrance of the pipeline will simply need snaking or rooting services. More stubborn clogs deeper in the pipeline will require hydro jetting.
Many of our customers ask us how often they should have their drains cleaned. We recommend cleaning your sewer and drain lines at least once every two to three years.