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In this day and age, we all will use our drains for a variety of tasks in our day to day lives. Sometimes we may encounter road blocks when our drains aren’t flowing water as naturally as before and basic drain cleaning isn’t cutting it anymore. A common misconception may arise when we seek drain cleaning solutions, and that is usually distinguishing between whether our sewer or drain needs the help.
Sewer vs Drain Cleaning
Oftentimes, we can get a bit confused as to the difference between sewers and drains. They all connect to one another, so when it comes time to clear and clean them out it can get a bit ambiguous.
Drains are a part of the wastewater system of your house that ties into the use of your sinks, toilets and p-traps which all connect to your sewer lines. Unlike sewer lines, your drains won’t run the risk of encountering roots and instead can be clogged from what you directly send down the drain. These clogged drain pipes can be fixed fairly easily, yet if your drain is running slower than usual, your sewer line may be where you need to focus.
Your sewer line is the part of your water system that takes all the water that stems around your property and sends them to the city sewer treatment centers. Since they connect to the overall common lines, they are larger than your drain lines and may encounter additional issues. Although drains can also clog, sewer lines can posit larger issues from the grease and grime build up since on top of that they can also attract tree roots. Tree roots are attracted to the water of a line and can be very adamant for the nutrients gains and can potentially rupture into existing cracks causing further blocks and damage on your pipe lines. Due to this issue, they would specifically require a rooter service for sewer drain cleaning repairs.
No matter the issue at hand, if you require plumbing drain cleaning services or rooter clearing from sewer blockages, Expert Plumbing and Rooter Inc is ready to help!
Common Causes Of Clogged Drains
If you are noticing that the water in your sink or bathtub is taking longer to drain than it used to or doesn’t drain at all, there could be a backup or clog. As time passes, buildup of waste can restrict the flow of your water from running as smoothly as it did when it was clear. These types of blockages are usually the result of dirt, grime and grease buildup on the walls of your pipes. Because of the sticky nature of these materials, foreign object like hair can easily become caught cause a snowball effect of build up. Additionally, if there is a blockage in your kitchen sink drain than the cause for the clog may be food waste. If that is the culprit, there may be a need for garbage disposal repair.
Case by case, a qualified technician may be able to resolve the issue after inspecting the area. As it is, there are common ways your drain can be clogged.
Common blockages can be caused by:
- Mineral Buildup
- Small Objects
- Toilet Paper Build Up
- Tree Roots
- Food Waste
Fixing A Clogged Drain
Depending on the nature of the drain, there a variety of tools and methods that can help with our drain cleaning services. Our technicians at Expert Plumbing and Rooter Inc first visually inspect the drainpipe with a small video camera that is mounted on the end of a flexible rod which can be inserted into your pipes for damage observation.
In cases where the issue is a common clog from the accumulation of grease and grime, the common solution would be the use of augers or plumber’s snakes to clear out the buildup. A plumber’s snake is a flexible auger that uses a flexible coil to snake down into pipes with the goal of clearing out tough clogs.
For tougher clogs that are beyond the reach of an auger, such as those caused by an invasive tree root growth, the best remedy would be to use drain jetting or the hydro jetting method which uses high pressurized water to scour out the build-up. Although drain rods are great to use for clearing blockages close to the toilet, drain jetting would allow for more flexibility down the pipe and around bends with the force of the water clearing tougher build up.
When you’re looking for your next sewer cleaning or drain service in Van Nuys, CA, call 818-474-1109 and Expert Plumbing and Rooter Inc will be ready to help all of you that may require assistance!