Routine drain cleaning service is important for protecting your plumbing’s health by blasting away every inch of debris that has settled on the pipe wall and caused problems for your plumbing system. Instead of allowing a blockage to worsen and lead to pipe damage, preventive maintenance service will save you money on costly repairs and give you peace of mind.
At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Long Island, you can schedule a time for us to come by and clear out your clogs when it's convenient for you. We'll arrive on time for our appointment, ensure we keep our workspace tidy, and efficiently unclog pipes with a variety of tools and techniques that provide long-lasting reliable results.
Mr. Rooter Plumbing’s Clogged Drains Services
There are a few key situations where you should call the local experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Long Island regarding backed-up pipes and plumbing in Suffolk County and Nassau County:
- Warning signs are becoming more apparent
- You’re using precautions to avoid future clogs
Plumbing problems seem to creep up on homeowners—usually when things get really busy! Clogged drains are the result of years of build-up from debris and waste like toothpaste, hair, grease, and soap scum. The older your home’s pipework, the more often you will need professional cleaning service because your pipes could be blocked without it being apparent to you.
Since most clogs take a while to develop, the signs that you have a clog are subtle at first. Your bathtub might take a little longer than usual to drain, or you may notice the smell of rotting food coming out of your kitchen sink. While these issues may not seem like a big deal at first, it's important to catch a clog as soon as possible before the issue gets worse.
Routine maintenance stops your plumbing from becoming seriously backed-up while also eliminating years of build-up. This way, you’ll prevent invasive techniques intended to unclog pipes and ensure your plumbing works efficiently for years.
Many cleaning companies apply corrosive cleaning chemicals to eliminate build-up in your pipework. It’s toxic and bad for your pipes and environment. However, our expert team believes in cleaning your pipes effectively with environmentally friendly detergents. Our clogged drain solutions include:
- HydroScrub® jetting technology that clears away debris with high-pressure water jets
- Enzymatic Drain Care™, a cleaner that uses organic enzymes
Our drain cleaning solutions will eliminate clogged drains and return your system back to peak performance without putting potentially harmful chemicals into your home's plumbing.
Our customer service and workmanship are as exceptional as our tools and techniques. When you choose our team of plumbers, they will arrive promptly at your home for your scheduled appointment, wearing identifiable uniforms and driving a company vehicle, so you know exactly who they are. We will bring all the tools required to tackle your clogged drains. Long Island homeowners can rest easy knowing that we guarantee all our plumbing workmanship and parts and always clean up after ourselves.
When hiring a professional plumber for clogged drains, homeowners can count on us to efficiently get rid of clogs and debris in their pipes. This way, you don't have to worry about your plumbing for years to come.
5 Signs of Clogged Drains
Years of grime, sludge, grease, soap residue, and even objects that are stuck in your drainage pipes all contribute to creating clogs. Typically, the build-up required to clog a drain takes a long time, depending on your water hardness, so you may not even notice a problem. That said, there are a few signs to watch for that indicate clogged drains:
1. Slow Drainage
Does your shower slowly fill with water while you’re using it, or does your kitchen sink empty much more slowly than it used to? Then you might have a blocked drain. Slow drainage and standing water near drains are common signs of problems related to clogs. Over time, food items, grease, soap, and hair can lead to clogged drains in your kitchen and bathroom. When this happens, water that would normally flow away freely is trapped and slowed, resulting in backups and standing water.
2. Backed-Up Toilet
A toilet that is overflowing when you flush is another common sign of clogged drains. Homeowners might notice that backed-up toilets are sometimes caused by using too much toilet paper, but they can also be caused by a wide range of other items like wet wipes or paper towels, or even children's toys that have been accidentally flushed.
But a toilet backup may also indicate a more serious problem—especially if multiple toilets in your house are congested. This can be caused by a main sewer line clog, which will need further investigation and potentially sewer cleaning.
3. Puddles in Your Yard
If it’s not spring, where heavy rain or snow melts and soaked backyards are common, you might have a backup in your sewer lateral. Generally, sewer backups that flood your backyard are caused by tree roots infiltrating the sewer pipe, or it could be a main water line break.
Tree roots that have mingled with your plumbing require the help of a professional Long Island plumber to resolve. Give them a call right away and report that you need emergency services.
4. Bad Smells
Bad odors coming from drain lines are a common sign of clogged drains. These foul odors can be caused by rotten food or dissolving hair particles. However, if you see black sludge coming out of drains in addition to that smell, or if the smell is particularly awful, it's possible your sewer line has backed up. If that is the case, you'll likely suffer from several additional plumbing problems at the same time. The best thing to do in that situation is to call a plumber as soon as possible.
5. Gurgling and Other Noises
Many people don’t realize that drains aren’t supposed to make gurgling noises. In fact, your pipework is purposefully designed not to gurgle. Gurgling sounds appear when the water and air in your pipes can’t flow freely because of a blocked pipe. This causes the air to struggle to escape and makes a gurgling noise.
Why Choose Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Long Island?
Each of our professional team members is courteous, hardworking, highly trained, and experienced. All our plumbers have years of experience and training when it comes to clearing clogged drains. Long Island residents can rest assured that our team is well-versed at using common tools and techniques like the plumber's snake or auger while also using cutting-edge HydroScrub® jetting technology.
Not only are our plumbers trusted for their dedication to outstanding workmanship, but we also prioritize our customers above all else. When you hire the local pros, you can have peace of mind knowing that we will arrive on time for your scheduled inspection and cleaning appointment. We will handle your clogged drains efficiently and effectively. Not only are we equipped with the latest technology, tools, and expertise, but we'll also provide you with our trusted diagnosis and inspection service to rectify any issues before they develop into something serious.
We believe in professionalism and are proud to always provide the best possible service. During our work, we will do our best to keep messes and the time required for the work to a minimum. Additionally, we’ll carefully clean up before we leave so that your home looks as good as we found it. Before leaving, we’ll take time to check in with you and ensure you know what to do to keep your clean, healthy drains in good working order moving forward.
Clogged Drains FAQs:
How Do You Clear a Clogged Drain?
Long Island homeowners can attempt to use a few DIY methods to unclog drains, whereas serious situations require the help of a trained professional. The following methods can help with small clogs:
- Pour equal parts baking soda and white vinegar into your drain
- Pour two liters of boiling water into your drain
- Use a metal hanger as a plumber’s snake
Important Note: It’s important to keep in mind that boiling water should not be used if you have PVC or ABS pipes, as it could cause these materials to soften and melt the joints. Likewise, a metal hanger should not be used on porcelain fixtures like toilets, as it may scratch the surface. In most cases, hot water and a plunger should suffice for clearing. If not, please call a technician for a professional diagnosis and cleaning service.
How Long Does It Take to Clear Clogged Drains?
This will depend on the location and severity of the blockage. For example, loose clogs in your tub, toilet, or kitchen sink might only take five to ten minutes to clear out with a plumber’s snake.
However, multiple clogs throughout your home or serious clogs in your main line or sewer line can take a few hours to clear. With hydro jetting, this process takes roughly an hour to complete. Generally, the hydro jetting process is followed by a video camera inspection that can take up to an additional hour to complete, for a total of two hours.
How Often Should You Clean Your Drains?
You should schedule annual drain cleaning services to maintain your pipes, prevent clogs, and keep your pipes in the best condition possible.
However, some Long Island property owners choose to clean out their drains two to four times a year. Chances are people in your household pour coffee grounds or oil down the sink or perhaps even misuse the garbage disposal. The older your home, and the more people you have living in it, the more often you may need to arrange drain cleaning services.
What is HydroScrub® Jetting?
HydroScrub® jetting and other types of hydro jetting services use water jets to clear debris and build-up from the inside of pipes. It's a very powerful cleaning method that eliminates every trace of debris and grime. It's kind of like power washing your drain line. We utilize hydro jetting technology to clear waste lines, sewer lines, and water lines that become backed up by mineral deposits.
In addition to completely clearing your pipes, hydro jetting service can also reduce the risks of future clog growth and increase the longevity of your existing sewer lines by ensuring they remain clear of debris that could cause damage.
What is a Plumbing Auger?
A plumbing auger, also sometimes referred to as a plumbing snake, is a slender, flexible cord with a crank at one end that breaks down clogs in your pipework. Generally, an auger is used for stubborn clogs that can’t be dislodged by a plunger or other non-invasive methods. A DIY alternative is often a wire hanger that has been straightened out with a hook bent into one end. Using a wire coat hanger requires careful attention in order not to scratch the walls of your pipes. This also applies when using snakes and augers.
How Do You Know Your Drains Are Clogged?
There are several signs to look for that indicate an issue with your drains, including:
- Standing water in your sinks or tub
- Clogged sinks, toilets, and tubs
- Slow-moving drains
- Foul-smelling sewage odors
- Gurgling or banging pipes
- Bubbling toilets
Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Long Island
If you need a plumber to clear a clogged drain in Long Island, NY, our team of qualified, professional, and skillful plumbing experts can help. We’ll clear your entire system and reduce the risk of problems like clogs forming, unpleasant smells wafting through your home, or pipes bursting from a clog that was left unattended. Leave the drain service to us!
We invite you to call the local pros at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Long Island to learn more. Whether you’re in Long Island or a surrounding area, such as Ronkonkoma, Smithtown, Holbrook, or The Hamptons, our courteous team can be reached.