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Over time, drains can get narrower. The constant flow of grease, soap, hair, food debris and other elements can build up along the walls of pipes and narrow their ability to conduct wastewater. Sinks or tubs can be slow to drain and even bad smells may draw attention to a larger problem. Unfortunately, the narrowing won’t go away on its own. That’s when a homeowner needs the services of a professional drain cleaner.
Of course, there are also random clogs that can occur – a piece of food debris or a toddler’s favorite ball can make it surprisingly far down a drain pipe. Those obstructions can be removed, too.
Depending on the obstruction, we’ve got more than one solution.
In the case of a kitchen sink, for example, many times the problem is caused by food debris stuck just below the drain opening in the sink. In that case, the licensed ABC plumber will simply disassemble the pipe immediately below the sink and remove the item, then re-configure the pipe.
Other times, something may make it further into the drain system (remember the toddler’s ball). Even roots from a tree can grow into the pipe and obstruct it. In those cases, we may recommend a plumber’s snake to be used to push or grind through the obstruction.
The main tip off is water draining slowly from sinks, tubs or showers. For the most part, water should leave all of these receptacles pretty quickly, but when there’s standing water while showering or water staying in the sink for an extended period of time, that could indicate a problem. Foul smells are sometimes reported as well.
Yes. Kitchen drains, bathroom sinks, shower and tub drains, toilets and floor drains can all have similar issues. The cause can vary, though. For example, a lot of hair can accumulate in shower and tub drains, while kitchen sink drain clogs are typically related to food items or grease and soap residue. Of course, there is also the situation when a valuable piece of jewelry makes its way down a sink or the odd toy that ends up in a toilet. All these items are obstructions to water flow and all can be removed.
Obviously, circumstances can vary from home to home. However, ABC does offer a $99 drain cleaning on a normal, daily basis. The price covers a clog being removed from one drain in the home. Multiple clogs would be priced at $99 each.
Sewer jetters, also known as hydro-jetters, are powerful drain cleaning machines that use high-pressure water jets to clear obstructions in residential and commercial drain pipes. The hydrojet is essentially a powerful nozzle, which pushes out large amounts of water at very high pressure. The amount of pressure can be in the neighborhood of 35,000 psi.
The nozzle is pushed through the pipes and the powerful stream of water scours the inside of the pipe and removes any build up of grease, soap, oil, food debris or other materials that are serving to obstruct the pipe and reduce the flow of water from the house. The pipes are essentially retuned to near new capacity. ABC’s licensed plumbers and drain cleaners are equipped with hydro-jetters and can quickly perform the service.
How can you keep from having problems in the first place? As you might expect, prevention begins with being careful about what goes into your drain.
Here are a few ways to avoid drain obstructions:
- Pour bacon drippings and cooking grease into an empty milk container or coffee can and discard them in the trash after cooling instead of putting these liquids down the drain.
- Compost your used coffee grounds.
- Add filters or screens to your kitchen and bathtub sinks to keep hair and soap scum from getting into your pipes.
- Periodically, pour a cup of white vinegar down your drain. Wait for half an hour and then run very hot water to remove any buildup that you might have in your plumbing system.
We understand that you have many choices here in Austin when you have a plumbing problem. Our customers tell us that they chose ABC because our licensed plumbers have the skills and expertise to quickly resolve even the toughest clogged drains. In addition, you can feel safe having our plumbers on your property, because all ABC employees undergo thorough background checks and drug testing. Last, but certainly not least, we treat your home as we would our own.