Over time, drains can narrow. The constant flow of grease, soap, hair, food debris and other elements can build up along the walls of pipes and reduce their ability to conduct wastewater. Sinks or tubs can be slow to drain or even emit foul smells. Unfortunately, the narrowing won’t go away on its own, and 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 or a small toy can make it surprisingly far down a drain pipe. ABC can resolve all of these issues for you.
Our experienced technicians have you covered in the case of any drain problem that can quickly escalate into a plumbing emergency.
In the case of a kitchen sink, food debris stuck just below the drain line is sometimes the issue. In that case, the licensed ABC plumber will simply disassemble the pipe immediately below the sink to remove the item and then re-configure the pipe.
Other times, something may make it further into the drain system. Roots from a tree can even grow into a pipe and obstruct it. In those cases, we may recommend a plumber’s "snake" be used to push or grind through the obstruction.
You'll likely notice water draining slowly from sinks, tubs or showers. Generally, water should leave all of these receptacles pretty quickly. If you see standing water while showering or water remaining in the sink for an extended period of time, that could indicate a problem. Foul smells are sometimes reported as well if there are larger underlying drain issues.
Kitchen drains, bathroom sinks, shower and tub drains, toilets and floor drains can all develop problems. The cause of each particular problem may vary, though. Shower and tub drains can collect hair, while kitchen sink drains can be more related to food items or grease and soap residue. That accidental drop of a piece of jewelry down the sink or a random item in the toilet can create blockages, as well.
ABC offers a $99 drain cleaning fee for more straightforward and standard drain problems. This price covers a clog being removed from one drain in the home. Multiple clogs cost $99 each. Circumstances and clogs can vary widely, however, so ask your specialist for details.
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 capable of pushing out large amounts of water at very high pressure. The amount of pressure can be in the neighborhood of 35,000 psi.
As the nozzle is pushed through your pipes, the powerful stream of water scours the inside of the pipe and removes any build up of grease, soap, oil, food debris or other obstructions that might be causing problems inside of the pipe and reducing the flow of water from the house. The pipes are essentially returned to near new capacity. ABC’s licensed plumbers and drain cleaners are equipped with hydro-jetters and can quickly perform this service for you.
Is there anything you can do to avoid having drain problems in the first place? You won't be surprised to learn that preventing these types of problems depends on making sure you pay attention to what goes down your drain.
Homeowners can also take the following steps to avoid drain issues:
- Instead of putting cooking grease and bacon drippings down the drain, pour these materials into an empty coffee can or milk carton and dispose of them in your trash after they have cooled.
- Place used coffee grounds and eggshells into your compost as opposed to down your pipes.
- Purchase screens or filters to put on your drains to prevent soap pieces and hair from going down the drain.
- Make it a habit of putting white vinegar into your sinks. After about half an hour, add hot water to your sink to flush any debris from your pipes.
We recognize that homeowners living in San Antonio have many choices when it comes to resolving plumbing issues. First and foremost, our licensed plumbers do good work and are reliable, so you can count on them to take care of problems so you can minimize disruptions to your household. Second, our customers tell us that they feel safe having an ABC employee in their home, because all technicians undergo extensive background checks and drug testing. Last, but certainly not least, ABC plumbers treat your home as they would their own.