When was the last time you made plans to clear out your sewer and drain lines? A routine cleaning at least once every two to three years is recommended. If you are experiencing problems with clogs or other obstructions hampering normal water flow, get help right away. We provide drain cleaning solutions for residents throughout Whittier and surrounding areas in Southern California.
What Causes Clogged Drains and Sewers?
The most common culprits are tree roots. Yes, tree roots are major causes of clogged sewer and drain lines. As the roots grow, they search out for freshwater sources. If there is an opening in your pipeline (either from a rupture or loose connection), the resourceful roots will grow into the pipe to reach the water inside.
A variety of debris can also contribute to clogged sewer lines, such as excessive toilet paper and other objects that are flushed down the toilet. These items may attach themselves to lose pipe connections or tree roots inside of the pipe. Hair and bath salts that do not dissolve can also cause clogs.
What do you do with old cooking grease? Many people pour it down the sink drain. Even though hot water will cause the grease to liquefy as it goes down the drain, the grease can solidify as it cools and causes a clog somewhere else in your plumbing system. Certain foods, such as rice and pasta, can also cause drain problems because they expand when exposed to water.
How Often Do You Need to Clean Your Drains?
Preventive maintenance is much less costly than emergency repairs. The need for professional maintenance varies. If you are mindful of the items being disposed of in your drains, maintenance will not be needed as often. As we mentioned earlier, a cleaning every two to three years is enough.
However, if your home has a history of slow-moving drains, or if tree roots are a problem, you will want to discuss a regular maintenance plan with our technicians.
What are Professional Sewer and Drain Cleaning Methods?
Two primary ways to clean out your drain pipes involve drain snakes and hydrojetting. A drain snake is a coiled metal wire that rotates like a corkscrew to break up clogs in your drain pipes. Heavy-duty snakes are motorized with removable, interchangeable blades.
Hydrojetting involves blasting highly-pressurized water through your pipes. The water cuts through stubborn debris at a rate of 1,500 to 4,000 pounds per minute. This is a highly effective way of breaking up all manner of obstructions.