Drain Cleaning and Sewer Cleaning
One of the worst situations that home owners face is a clogged drain or even worse a clogged sewer main. Diagnosis to determine where the clog exists is the first step in solving the problem. One of the most common signs of a main sewer line blockage is when flushing a toilet causes water to back-up into the bathtub or shower. Main sewer line clogs are major problems that require the latest technology and experienced plumbing technicians.
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A clogged drain can be downright messy and cause a lot of problems, and if not handled properly, damage fixtures, walls and floors. You can also take steps to help prevent your drains from clogging up.
For your laundry tub lines and kitchen sinks, fill the sink with hot water and allow it to drain. Doing this on regular basis will fill up the pipe rather than just go the bottom, and at the same time it sends debris down to the main line. This is an effective method to help prevent small blockages. But small clogs can still occur and if there’s a large blockage you will need to contact Protek Plumbing and Drain Specialists.
As much as possible you should only use hot water for maintenance. Don’t use strong chemicals or cleaners because most of them contain acids that could damage your drain lines and make things worse. These chemicals might provide some short term relief but in the long run it could worsen the situation. If the problem can’t be resolved by hot water, it’s best to call Protek and have a professional look over it.
Symptoms of a clogged shower drain include the water flowing back and if left untreated, could flood your bathroom. The best way to prevent a clogged shower is to place a strainer in the opening of the drain and let it go to work. People often use this when the drain has already been clogged but for best results you should use it regularly and keep the strainer clean. Hair, soap and other debris can clog drains up quickly so it’s a good idea to keep it tidy. Provided the strainer is clean and in place, you shouldn’t have to worry about blockages or standing water.
Are Liquid Drain Cleansers Safe?
The answer is no, and you should avoid them as much as possible. In spite of what is being advertised these cleaners contain harsh and powerful chemicals that could cause further damage. At first glance they might seem effective because the clogging seems to have been removed, but what probably happened is that the chemicals are stuck inside the line, leading to acid erosion and all the complications that brings.
It is especially risky to use cleaners with acid and then ask a serviceman to use a machine to unclog your fixture. Acid is a health hazard and will cause damage to the body as well as the eyes, skin and respiratory system. Furthermore, acid cleaners generate a lot of damage and increase the cost of repair, turning what should have been a routine unclogging job into an expensive mess.
Problems with Tree Roots
Tree roots are drawn to water so it’s no surprise that they end up in your drain, plus drain water has nutrients that they need. Roots only need a small opening or cracked drain line for them to spread and if not taken care of, these will spread and clog your fixtures. The combination of roots, grease and other stuff is going to affect drain flow and eventually lead to a total blockage. What makes things more difficult is that these roots will spread and affect the other drains.
Tree roots can cause a lot of problems and this is best left in the hands of a professional sewer cleaning service. There are many ways to do this but a maintenance service once a year or every six months will be sufficient, depending on how serious your tree root problems are. Rather than wait for these problems to come up you need to have a preventive maintenance plan set up first. If there’s a problem with tree roots, don’t try to fix this yourself and contact Protek.
Septic System Maintenance
If you’ve got a septic system you can help maintain it by not putting in any dental floss, moist towels and various hygiene products in the line. If there’s a blockage you will need a professional to use a high pressure hydro jetter to reopen those holes. Protek Plumbing and Drain Specialists has extensive experience and the correct equipment to clear out blocked drains and clogged septic lines with state of the art hydro jet drain cleaning technology.
Other Maintenance Tips and Suggestions
If there is a foul smell coming from your laundry tub, shower, drain or sink, examine the drain and check if it takes water. If it does take water, allow it to sit for half an hour and see if the odor disappears. That’s usually enough to get rid of most unpleasant smells. If there’s an unpleasant smell coming from your garbage disposal, you can put citrus petals or ice cubes in the disposal as it runs.
Here are some other suggestions:
- Cooking grease is responsible for a lot of clogging drains, so it’s better if you store these into a container and throw it in the thrash.
- Don’t throw coffee grounds in the sink.
- If you’ve got problems with soap scum and hair, use a drain grate or screen to cover the openings in your drain. There are a lot of fixture options available so you should go to a plumbing store and choose the appropriate one for your drain. No matter which of these you use, these are usually easy to install.
In some cases, pouring hot water in the sink following heavy use might work. If that doesn’t work, you need to call Protek Plumbing, the drain cleaning experts. Even though clogging may seem like a trivial matter, sometimes there is an underlying cause that needs to be examined by a professional. If you think the problem is serious and requires the services of a plumber, it’s better to call one now than make the problem worse.
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Protek Plumbing has the newest drain cleaning and video line inspection equipment available and the experience to handle any plumbing problem. Also with our Sewer Cleaning Service, we offer a 5 year Warranty on most drains. Regardless of the problem, we have the technology and experience to get the job done.
If you have any type of drain issue, please call us at 941-575-7324