Clogged pipes can cause anything from a slight inconvenience to a major household catastrophe. Plumbers have seen it all and know the best solutions to get rid of all types of blockages. When you’re faced with a pool of water that simply won’t leave and you’re out of options, it may be time to call in a plumbing professional from Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning.
Blocked pipes aren’t complicated, but they can be tricky to fix. Drains in different areas of the home tend to get clogged up with the same repeat offenders. Here are the most common causes of trouble.
The two main culprits of kitchen blockages are grease and food. Grease goes down the drain in liquid form but congeals to a solid mass as it cools. Leftover bits of food clump together and cause a build-up that eventually blocks the pipe completely.
The biggest causes of bathroom blockages are hair, toothpaste, and a build-up of soap scum.
Toilets clogs are caused by flushing anything other than the two things that are meant to go down there, and toilet paper. Any foreign matter such as sanitary products, ear swabs, cotton wool, and paper towels can cause your toilet to clog.
Added to all that gets washed down indoor drains, nature contributes leaves, dirt, debris, stones, and small twigs. All these create drain blockages that can be deep inside the sewer line making them hard to reach with conventional drain clearing methods.
The saying goes ‘prevention is better than cure’. This is especially true when it comes to keeping your drain lines flowing freely. Collect old grease in a glass jar and wait for it to congeal before throwing away. To prevent blockages in the bathroom, use a drain saver to catch hair and stop it from going down the drain. Clearing leaves and debris from outdoor drains can go a long way to keeping things moving as they should.
If you’re dealing with a tough clog that won’t budge, or a recurring clog that keeps coming back, the plumbers at Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning have a variety of options that will get your drain lines flowing again. They are always keeping up to date with the latest advances in plumbing technology – here are a few of their favorites.
A manual plumbers snake is a drain snake with a small rotating auger that is pushed through the clog. The tip of the snake is shaped like a corkscrew. As the auger’s drum handle is turned, the corkscrew pulls more of the snake into the drain line, breaks up smaller clogs, and dislodges blockages. Smaller blockages are easily dealt with and washed away with the rest of the sewage this way.
For blockages that are too big, a motorized snake will do what a manual snake can’t. They are fed into the sewer system from outside your home. A motorized drain snake can deal with much larger clogs than a manual one, even though their maximum reach is approximately one hundred and fifty feet.
If your drain line has been collecting gunk for years, it may be time to call in the big guns. With a jet stream of water that can reach 35,000 pounds per square inch, a hydro jetting machine will power through and clean out every trace of grease build-up, soap, and other debris from your pipes.
Using a high-definition snake camera gives the plumber an edge when it comes to knowing exactly where and what the blockage is that needs to be removed. A video drain inspection provides all the info a plumber needs to decide which method will be the most efficient and cost-effective.
If you’re facing a clogged pipe that simply won’t budge, the Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning professionals are waiting for your call. We’ve been serving the Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade Counties since 1983. No job is too big or too small – give us a call at 1-888-773-1524.