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Understanding The Basics Of Drain Clearing

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Drains are an essential part of your home but unfortunately, they often get the least care. To keep your home’s drainage system working effectively they need to be regularly cleaned by a professional drain clearing company. In our article, the Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning team will discuss the basics of drain clearing so that you know what to expect when hiring a professional.

What Is Drain Clearing?

Drain clearing involves a plumber clearing a clogged sink, toilet, or any other drain in your home. However, even though the clog is cleared, you should note that clearing a drain without cleaning it tends to leave the original clog particles in the piping. These particles can eventually build up and cause more issues in the future. Therefore, many plumbers recommend clearing and cleaning a clogged drain simultaneously.

What Are Some Signs Your Drains Need Clearing?

If you’re experiencing any of the following at your home or business, you should consider contacting us at Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning for a drain clearing:

  • You have noticed grim residues or dirt in your kitchen or bathroom sink.
  • You’re experiencing a slow-draining kitchen sink, shower, or bathtub.
  • You’ve noticed foul odors near your drains.

How Do Plumbers Determine If Your Drain Needs Clearing?

So how exactly will a plumber know if you are experiencing a clog in your drain that needs clearing? Most plumbers will conduct a video pipe inspection of your pipes using specialized tools like a video snake inspection system to view the inside of your drain pipes on a wireless monitor screen.

Based on what they see on the screen, they can tell you where the clog is, what it likely is (tree roots, debris, sewerage), and how they plan to clear it.

How Do Plumbers Clear Drains?

​​​​​​Although the best thing to do would be to prevent your drain from experiencing clogs by not putting things down that could harm it, it’s sometimes impossible to prevent a clog.

Plumbers have multiple clearing methods they can employ depending on what’s causing your clog:

  1. Non-chemical mixture: Certain clogs can be cleared with an easy-to-make mixture of 1:1 vinegar, baking soda, and hot water.
  2. Cable drain clearing: During a cable drain clearing procedure, a plumber can use various tools like drain snakes and powerful drain machines. These cable devices break up a clog in a drain. The procedure includes inserting a flexible cable into a drain pipe with attachments that can help clear the blockage. Usually, these attachments cut, scrape, or bore away the clog.
  3. Hydro jetting: Hydro jetting is considered a last resort when other methods have failed at clearing a clogged drain. When hydro jetting is used, your drains will be cleared by a high-pressure pump that blasts the blockages away.

These are only a few methods that can clear your drain, but they are the most common. Which one is used will depend on your blockage and drain infrastructure.

Speak With A Certified Technician To Discuss Your Drain Clearing Needs

If your drain is clogged and you’re unsure about its cause or how to fix it, you might want to consider speaking with an expert plumber at Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning.

Our team of committed plumbers has the knowledge, skills, and equipment to clear your drain without causing any infrastructure damage. So contact us here for an obligation-free quote. Our team is eager to help you.


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