Clogged drains and overflowing toilets are extremely unpleasant, but, unfortunately, very common problems in homes and commercial buildings. Sometimes the problem originates in the city sewer or septic system and does not originate inside the building. Whatever the cause, a professional plumber will have the skills and tools to fix the problem completely.
If the municipal main drains are at fault, there are some signs that will be seen inside the home. Floor drains may back up when the toilet is flushed, toilets may back up into the shower or tub and using the washing machine can cause the toilets to make a gurgling sound. Professional technicians have video equipment that will allow them to find the cause of the problem quickly. They will then recommend several options for an efficient solution.
There are numerous causes of clogged drains, and video inspection can determine if the cause is:
- A collapsed pipe
- Root intrusion
- Debris clog
Other reasons for clogged drains are food and grease going down the kitchen sink, excess toilet paper, baby diapers, towels and toys being flushed down the toilet and hair, dental floss, soap residue and hair products in the bathroom sink. Home remedies such as caustic cleaners can damage your pipes, fixtures and your skin and clothing. There are less toxic remedies, but they may only be temporary solutions. Regular video inspections are optimum because small problems can be fixed before they become big.
Trenchless Drain Repair
When the drains that run under patios, gardens or driveways are clogged, there is a way to clean and repair them without digging up the ground. It can be very expensive and inconvenient to dig a trench through your driveway, patio or garden, and trenchless solutions can save the existing line without the conventional digging. There are several trenchless solutions available. One is premalining. This method lines the inside of the pipe with an epoxy resin that hardens to the form of the existing pipe. First, the plumber finds the damage with a video inspection. Next, the tree roots or other obstruction is removed with a snaking tool. Then, a section of pipe is fabricated on the spot with epoxy and inserted into the old pipe. It is inflated and connected to the new drain system.
Drain Cleaning Services
Most plumbers offer emergency service 24/7. No matter what time of the day or night drain problems arise, they will go to the spot and do their best to fix it. They also recommend regular drain check-ups, so the need for emergency services is greatly reduced. Drain problems are inconvenient and unsanitary, and sometimes it takes more than unclogging one drain to fix the problem.
Plumbers today offer:
- Drain inspection
- Drain cleaning
- Drain repair
- Drain replacement
A professional plumber will know the local and federal plumbing codes, have the right tools and training and are licenced and insured. This will contribute to the peace of mind of the home or business owner because their drains are clean and flowing free.