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Drain Cleaning 101

Drain problems are one of the most common plumbing issues that Mr. Rooter service professionals encounter on a daily basis. For many homeowners and businesses, a clog doesn’t always appear as serious at the time. However, it’s important to promptly address any situation when a drain line isn’t properly working – in order to avoid it getting worse.

On a positive note, a clogged drain pipe can be resolved quickly, leaving more time for you to focus on what’s really important! Mr. Rooter provides 24/7 service with no overtime charge, that way customers can request an appointment that’s convenient for their schedule. And whether the best solution requires a cable or hydro-scrub, our team has the drain cleaning expertise to ensure it gets fixed for the long-term.

How do you know when a drain line is backed up?

When a drain is blocked, the water will start draining much slower. Over time, if no immediate action is taken then the problem will gradually become worse until the waste water backs up into the tub, sink, toilet, etc. At Mr. Rooter, our service professionals take time to educate customers on the significance of repairing a slow drain in a timely manner. If put off for too long, a backed-up line can start flowing into the home and lead to water damage.

What causes a clogged drain?

  • Age: While drain pipes are very durable and should have a long life, that doesn’t guarantee they’ll remain in great condition forever. Depending on the age of the home, drains and the main sewer line will eventually become more prone to break. If your concerned about the age of your drainage system, Mr. Rooter can provide a thorough inspection that will answer any questions you might have about the condition of your pipes.
  • Food, Oils and Grease: Certain types of food like rice and pasta tend to expand when added to water; meanwhile grease and oils solidify as they sit in the drain and cool. Together they can create a blockage in the drain line that is tough to break through, and no one wants to deal with a kitchen sink that’s backing up – gross!
  • Tree Roots: While tree roots don’t affect indoor drain lines directly, they can cause havoc to the sewer line. Nearby trees absorb sewer waste like fertilizer and intrude the main line which can create a sewer backup mess.

How to treat this plumbing issue?The graphic above details the basic path for drains, vents and water pipes in a residential home.

First rule of thumb: never use chemical “drain cleaners.” These products contain hazardous and caustic ingredients that can cause damage and make the problem even worse.

Call a local Mr. Rooter professional any day or night, and our expert drain technicians will arrive at no charge and work around your schedule – and there’s no extra charge for nights, weekends or holidays. Our team has the newest technology to diagnose the problem and get fixed right away. Before we begin any work, we’ll provide an upfront cost and be ready to get started. We go over the best solutions and value and give our recommendation – whether it’s as simple as using our eco-friendly drain maintenance solution or possibly a sewer scope.

Don’t be concerned about any mess – Mr. Rooter technicians always wear shoe covers on our feet, use floor mats for the work space, and leave the area cleaner than we found it! Give your local drain cleaning specialists a call and we’ll have things flowing smoothly again.