What Goes Into Cleaning a Sewer or Drain?

All sewer lines will gradually gather minerals, grime, and materials over time. There’s no way to avoid this. Pipes, especially older ones, are subject to a variety of materials flowing through them at a high frequency. This leads to the buildup of sludge or grime on the inside walls of the pipes. This inevitable buildup can prevent proper flow, which can cause a few different problems. For one, clogged or blocked pipes can cause bad odors to seep back up through drains. There are a few things you can do to slow this process, which we will detail below, but the fact remains that at some point in your life, you will need to have your to have your pipe or sewers cleaned.

Tools of the Trade

Depending on whether you need to discover the root of a problem or just want to fix the problem, different tools are required to get the job done. As you may realize after reading on, the most cost-efficient, effective solution is to hire trained professionals. We not only possess the tools required to clean out any drain or sewer line (some of which cost $30,000 or more), but we also have the experience using these tools. You theoretically could purchase a drain and sewer line jetter for $33,000 (on sale), but you’ll be hard-pressed to get your money’s worth out of the machine. The fact of the matter is that the average person will not need to clean their sewer or drain line often enough to make the investment worthwhile.

You’ll find our services to be far more affordable and worthwhile than any DIY approach to sewer and drain cleaning. Plus, you won’t have to get your hands dirty.

Locating the Problem

Our top of the line sewer cameras enables us to see everything that’s going on inside your sewer or drain lines. This allows us to determine the most cost and time effective approach to clean or unclog a pipe. We also generate detailed, digital maps of pipes, so that any repairs can be performed in a minimally-invasive manner.This can come in handy for realtors or anyone looking to sell or buy a house, as it provides you with a complete overview of what’s going on in a sewer or drain line. You’ll know about the overall health of a line, as well as the magnitude of any problems that may exist so you can estimate the cost of repairs.

Cleaning a Sewer or Drain

Cleaning a sewer or drain can have different situations that calls for unique cleaning. We utilize either high-pressure water jets or “snakes” —  long, flexible metal devices used to scrape buildup out of a line or a sewer or drain jetter blasts water — with a PSI of 1500 or higher — through a drain to clear away blockages and obstructions. Jetters come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can use hot or cold water.

Save Time and Money

Even though it is possible to buy some of these drain and sewer cleaning devices for yourself, hiring professionals will be less expensive in the long run, plus it’ll save you time.Purchasing the kinds of tools professionals have access to will cost upwards of thousands of dollars — and buying a tool for a specific use will leave you both helpless and out of even more cash if a different tool ends up being necessary. DIY cleaning also doesn’t provide much help with commercial sewage cleaning or sewage problems. It also can cause bigger problems, which can lead to even bigger costs. For any pipe or drain need you may have, be it commercial or private, we can save you both time and money. We can provide all the tools you might need and our expertise for a fraction of the cost of the proper equipment.

How to Protect Your Drains

The best way to maintain the integrity of your drain system is to ensure that all sinks and toilets are being used for their intended purpose, and not as an extra garbage can. A toilet and its corresponding drain system are not designed for anything and everything to be flushed down them. Flushing anything other than toilet paper down the toilet will inevitably lead to local clogging, which can later result in more serious system backups. Sanitary napkins/wipes, paper towels, diapers, and other products that aren’t toilet paper should not be flushed down a toilet. Cleaning a sewer or drain is often avoidable if thease things are followed.

Another hot spot for clogs is the kitchen sink. It is important to avoid putting too much in your garbage disposal, and being especially careful of what food items you allow to go down the drain. Allowing everything to go down the drain at once increases the risk of a clog, and letting things that should not go down the drain at all can lead to worse.

Fats and grease can harden as they travel down your pipes and lead to major backups and clogging. As a rule of thumb, it is better to avoid putting anything down the garbage disposal that could be easily thrown away. Watching what goes down the drains in your showers and bathroom sinks will also help protect your drains and ensure they properly function in the long run. Though it is tempting and all too easy to pour commercially available drain fluid down the sink to get rid of a clog in the bathroom, it can sometimes do a lot more damage than you think. Especially when it comes to older drainage systems, some drain fluids can corrode pipes or lead to larger backups that can jeopardize the integrity of the larger system.

In general, older sewage and drain systems should be replaced as soon as possible. Costly and potentially dangerous problems become more likely to occur the longer outdated pipe systems continue to be used. “Sagging pipes” can occur when old material decays and the pipes begin to lose their shape.