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All About Drain Cleaning

When to Schedule Drain Cleaning 

For those that own a home or business, plumbing problems are only a matter of time, and one common plumbing issue is clogging. Luckily, there is a solution to this pesky problem, drain cleaning. Drain cleaning is used to clear blockages from the pipes and also to prevent them. Here is a guide to drain cleaning, including signs of a clog and some of the most common drain cleaning methods. 

Signs That Clogs Are Present 

The warning signs are the first thing people need to know about clogged drains and pipes. How can someone be expected to know when to call for expert help without recognizing that a line is clogged or nearly clogged? 

The most common signs of clogging that indicate professional drain cleaning is needed are: 

  • Gurgling noises as water drains 
  • Slow draining and when the drain can’t keep up with the flow from a faucet or shower
  • Slow or incomplete toilet flushes
  • Water or sewage backing up in sinks, tubs, or other drains

When these signs are present, then there may be a serious clog happening or imminent. Responding to the clogged sewer line or drain pipe as early as possible will allow professionals to unclog the pipe before more severe complications arise. As soon as these signs are noticed, call a plumber. 

Drain Snaking Clogged Drains 

drain snakingSo, how do professionals respond to unclog a pipe or drain? They use special tools allowing them to remove or break up the offending clog. One of the most common tools they use is called a plumber’s snake or drain snake. These devices come in various types and lengths, but the principle is the same: a long flexible line is inserted into piping and turned like a corkscrew to grab debris causing the blockage and pull it out. 

Drain snakes are the best choice for smaller drain lines that clog with hair or food debris. In some cases, they are the tool of choice to remove tree roots clogging sewer lines. However, just because they can unclog pipes doesn’t mean they are the first choice for preventative drain cleaning. Since they can’t clean the line as they go, they are not used for prevention. 

Preventing Clogs With Hydro Jetting 

hydro jettingA solution for clearing clogs from larger drain and sewer lines is a technique called hydro jetting. Hydro jetting uses a powerful stream of water to cut through clogs and blast debris off the sides of sewer pipes. After the service is complete, the inside of sewer lines will be clean, preventing future clogs as well. 

A benefit of hydro jetting is that it can help prevent clogs in addition to clearing them. To put this to use, many property owners schedule hydro jetting services routinely to prevent clogs and the problems they can cause. In addition, like drain snakes, they may also be used to clear tough clogs, such as ones caused by tree roots.  

About Lodder Brothers Limited

Lodder Brothers Limited has over four decades of experience serving Guelph, ON, and the surrounding areas. They provide upfront pricing, comprehensive solutions, and a 2-year guarantee on plumbing repairs. Call them today for drain cleaning and hydro jetting services in Guelph, ON

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