The answer to the question of what is the most common plumbing problem is also the answer to the question of what's the most downright annoying plumbing problem. If you guessed clogged drains, you probably already know exactly how irritating it can be to discover you've got an issue that needs San Antonio clogged drains help from a professional San Antonio plumber.
When they're coping with the world's most stubborn clogged drain, San Antonio, TX residents can rely on the team of dedicated plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of San Antonio to get their wastewater lines functioning again as they should. Our reliable team has years of experience and training dealing with all aspects of a plumbing system, from the water supply pipes to the wastewater disposal lines and all the fixtures in between. Trust us to get your plumbing working properly again with fast, effective cleaning, repair and maintenance solutions.
How Our Experienced Plumbers Handle San Antonio Clogged Drains
If you're tired of struggling with San Antonio clogged drains, put down the plunger and call your local, professional plumber at Mr. Rooter Plumbing. We can get your wastewater disposal lines cleared out and functioning as normal again so you don't have to put up with slow drains, disgusting odors and other symptoms of clogged drains. San Antonio, TX residents can expect us to show up on time for their appointment, in uniform and driving a branded vehicle so you know who's entering your home. We'll also take the time to answer your questions and clearly explain our recommendations for the best way to get the problem solved so you can have the information you need to make an informed decision for your property and household.
If you have no idea what caused your blockage or where exactly it is in your wastewater disposal system, that is perfectly understandable. In all likelihood it's actually a combination of substances and items all tangled up in a big clump. Your plumber needs to know more about the location and nature of your issue before they can determine the best course of action for dealing with your San Antonio clogged drain, so their first steps will be to inspect your system. That may involve a visual inspection of the visible parts of your system, but your plumber may also choose to use sewer camera inspection methods to get a better look inside your wastewater lines. In years gone by, accessing clogged or damaged pipes was a destructive and time-consuming process that often involved cutting up walls or digging a large trench across your yard. But now, our team uses non-invasive inspection techniques that are considerably faster and far less destructive to your property.
Video camera inspection is done with a small video camera on a flexible cable that is lowered into your drain and guided through your line while it records video footage. The most difficult part is interpreting the footage, and once your experienced plumber has done that, they'll know a lot more about the issue and can let you know what they recommend to solve it.
The best San Antonio drain cleaning tool available is a HydroScrub® jetting machine. This powerful drain cleaning method uses high-pressure water jets to get rid of stubborn blockages, leaving your sewer lines clean and fully functioning. Hydro jetting blasts off grease, oil and fat clinging to the inside of your lines, leaving them clean and less likely to clog up again any time soon.
Because hydro jetting pushes debris out of your system and into the city sewer instead of back up out of your drain into your house, it's much cleaner than snaking. Because it's just pressurized water, it's much gentler to your wastewater lines than chemical cleaners which can erode the interior of your drain pipes. HydroScrub® jetting is the most long-lasting and effective method for our drain cleaning professionals to eliminate clogs and prevent them from re-occurring in the near future. The other big advantage to hydro jetting is that avoiding the erosion and pressure created by clog-causing substances greatly reduces wear and tear damage on your wastewater pipes so they remain in good condition for much longer and you don't have to worry about replacement for a long time.
Biodegradable Drain Cleaners
Harsh chemical drain cleaner can cause a lot of damage to your wastewater lines by corroding them from the inside and weakening the material until it causes a crack or burst pipe. Chemical cleaners can also get into groundwater and cause harm to the local environment here in San Antonio. Instead, Mr. Rooter uses an eco-friendly solution that contains natural enzymes which eat away at clog-causing substances, leaving your pipes clean and undamaged.
Mr. Rooter is Your Local Expert on Clogged Drains in San Antonio
When your plumbing system is in serious need of a helping hand to deal with problems such as San Antonio clogged drains, the team of drain cleaning professionals at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of San Antonio are only a phone call away. We provide a full roster of reliable plumbing services for homes and businesses alike, so there's no need to worry about who's going to be available to deal with your clogged drains. San Antonio, TX professional plumbers at Mr. Rooter take pride in serving their local communities with courteous service and capable workmanship.
24/7 Emergency Plumbing Service
Some people don't consider it an emergency to have a San Antonio clogged drain, but if you can't use an important fixture like your toilet or shower, it is a reason to call an emergency plumber for plumbing repair so you can get back to your daily routines while keeping your home safe and sanitary. Our emergency service is available day and night, and weekends too. Call us any time for a properly functioning plumbing system and complete peace of mind.
Frequently Asked Questions About San Antonio Clogged Drains
What Are the Signs I'm Dealing With a San Antonio Clogged Drain?
The indications that you have clogged drains can be extremely obvious at times, but they can also be harder to spot than some homeowners suspect. If you are aware of the signs that something's not right, you can call our experienced plumbers to get it fixed so you don't have to worry about more disgusting and hazardous problems later on. Here are some warning signs that trouble is coming down the pipe (or is stuck in your pipe, as the case may be):
- Slow-moving wastewater disposal lines
- When you use your bathroom sink or shower, your toilet gurgles
- Drains are emitting bubbling, sucking or grinding noises
- Gross odors coming from drains, such as rotting food, sewage, mildew or sulfur
- Puddles of water forming near fixtures such as your shower, bathtub, toilet, sink, water heater or laundry machines
What Caused My Clogged Drain in San Antonio, TX?
We won't know what caused your specific San Antonio clogged drain until we're able to inspect it in person, but it is likely because of debris being improperly disposed of down the drain. Kitchen sink clogs are usually due to food scraps and grease. Often, unwary homeowners will rinse liquid grease into their wastewater lines, where it rapidly cools, solidifies and clings to the inside of your pipe. Then, anything that goes down the drain after it gets trapped in grease buildup and causes a blockage.
Small children are usually fascinated by flushing toilets, so they will often flush stuff into your sewer lines to see what will happen. But don't just blame the kids. Adults are also guilty of flushing or rinsing stuff into pipes that doesn't belong. The many items and substances that San Antonio plumbers have discovered in pipes include:
- Food scraps like coffee grounds and eggshells
- Clumps of hair and animal fur
- Soap scum
- Dental floss
- Cotton swabs
- Paper towels & other paper products
- Hygiene products
- Waste like bottle caps and razor blades
- Discarded plastic
Can San Antonio Clogged Drains Be Caused By Hard Water?
Hard water deposits are another big problem when it comes to clogged drains. San Antonio, TX is well-known for being right up there among the cities with the hardest water in the United States, which means there are high concentrations of dissolved minerals such as magnesium and calcium in the water that comes out of your faucet. That doesn't mean the water isn't potable, but it causes major issues for your plumbing system. Over time, the deposits build up inside your pipes and form calcified masses that just get worse and worse the more you use your system until there's only a pinhole left for the water to move through.
What's the Correct Way to Plunge a Clogged Drain?
If you don't know whether you need to call a plumber or can handle your San Antonio clogged drains by yourself, there's a possibility you may be able to handle it yourself with a plunger and some elbow grease. Here's the right plunging technique to try before calling Mr. Rooter.
- Ensure you are using the correct type of plunger. Cup-shaped plungers are for flat drains such as the ones in sinks, bathtubs and showers, while a toilet plunger is bell or ball shaped and usually has a flange on the bottom so it fits over a toilet drain.
- When you are plunging one side of a double sink, block the other drain with a rag. If it's a bathroom sink or a bathtub, block up the overflow drain.
- Place the business end of your plunger over your drain, then push it down and pull it back up, slowly at first so you don't splash and it seals on to the opening.
- Plunge away. It can take a considerable amount of effort to loosen a clog, so keep at it.
- If you don't get any results and the water doesn't begin to drain, the situation is probably beyond the scope of a plunger. Give Mr. Rooter a call, and we'll make sure your pipes and drains are clean as a whistle.
My Clogged Drain Got Worse After Plunging, What's Going On?
Plungers usually work on normal, everyday clogs, but sometimes it all goes wrong. Sometimes the plunger's suction is enough to move blockages a bit, but not enough to actually dislodge them. The movement compresses the blockage and can cause it to entirely cut off the flow of water instead of partially blocking it like it was before. If you've done the best you can with the plunger and it only seems to be making the situation worse, you're going to need help from a professional San Antonio plumber with some professional, highly effective solutions for San Antonio clogged drains.
Can I Clear San Antonio Clogged Drains With Cola, or Baking Soda and Vinegar?
Those DIY methods like pouring cola or baking soda and white vinegar down your drain sound like a good idea because they use stuff you probably already have in your kitchen, but the problem is they're just not that effective. If you are able to fix a San Antonio clogged drain with cola, a plunger probably would have been faster and more effective—and it doesn't leave stick sugar residue in your pipes. Ultimately, the best way to handle clogged drains is to avoid them in the first place with regular drain cleaning service.
Don't Let San Antonio Clogged Drains Derail Your Day When Mr. Rooter is Here to Help
If you're in Boerne, Alamo Heights, Universal City or another nearby part of the San Antonio area, trust the professional drain cleaning team at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of San Antonio for all your plumbing needs.
Give us a phone call today to find out more about all the ways we can service your plumbing system with repair, maintenance and installation work, or to schedule an appointment for plumbing services.