Depending on the obstruction, we’ve got more than one solution.
In the case of a kitchen sink, many times the issue is caused by food debris stuck just below the drain opening. In that case, a 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. 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.
Over time, drains may narrow. The constant flow of grease, soap, hair, food debris and other elements can build up along the walls of pipes and decrease 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.
We understand that you have many choices in Aggieland 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–always, every time.
What are some symptoms of a drain issue?
The main thing to keep an eye on 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 sometimes accompany these issues as well.
Are all drains susceptible to this?
Yes. Kitchen drains, bathroom sinks, shower and tub drains, toilets and floor drains can all have similar issues. Causes can range from a lot of hair accumulating in shower and tub drains to kitchen sink drain clogs more often related to food items or grease and soap residue. A valuable piece of jewelry may make its way down a sink or a random toy may wind up in the toilet. All these items are obstructions to water flow and all can be removed.
What's the cost of cleaning a drain?
The particulars of a home’s plumbing details can vary from home to home. However, ABC does offer a $99 drain cleaning on an ongoing basis. The price covers a clog being removed from one drain in the home, which has relatively easy access to a cleanout or pulled P-trap under the sink. Multiple clogs will be estimated by the Drain Specialist at the time of service and a “combined” price will be presented to the customer before work is performed. Sorry, but additional discounts from coupons or maintenance agreements are NOT applicable.
I've heard the term hydro-jetter. What is that?
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.
What are some best practices to help prevent a clogged drain?
Want to try to avoid drain problems from the start? 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.