Drain Cleaning Service in Burbank

For years, our locally owned and operated business has been a trusted name in the community for reliable and trustworthy drain cleaning services. Our team of experienced, diligent, and principled individuals is committed to surpassing customer expectations. Whether you require commercial, emergency, or residential drain cleaning, we are eager to assist you. Reach out to us today and become one of our loyal and satisfied customers!

All Star Plumbing called right away when I notified of a problem, showed up on time and spent his time and thoroughly completed the project and fixed our drainage problem. Thank you
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Drain Cleaning Tips and Facts

Drain Cleaning Tips and Facts

What is Hydro Jetting?

Hydro jetting utilizes a special hose to propel high-pressure water through a plumbing system. In this non-invasive procedure, our initial step involves inspecting the lines using a camera to detect any potential damage. If no damage is found, we proceed by inserting the hose and connecting it to a professional water tank. Carefully identifying an optimal location to insert the hose is crucial before initiating this process.

Using a sturdy hose, gravity, and high water pressure, we flush debris from the system by directing a flow of 20 gallons per minute through forward and backward-facing jets. Hydro jetting goes beyond clog removal, thoroughly eliminating tree roots, grease, mineral scale, and various debris types. For deep-seated clogs, this approach is highly recommended.

Types of Hydro Jetting Heads

Warthog Heads: These large and powerful heads spin at high speeds to eliminate tough clogs. We ensure precision and care in administering your hydro jetting service.

Grease Heads: Specifically designed for removing grease, these heads feature a rotating nozzle that effectively eliminates stubborn, adhered grease.

The Leader: A versatile nozzle addressing challenging areas such as P-traps, pipe bends, corners, or vertical drops.

Penetrator Heads: Adopting an aggressive strategy, these heads combine a highly powerful forward jet with rear-facing jets, effectively clearing blockages in both directions.

Ice Heads: Efficient in breaking through ice dams, these heads use forward and backward-facing jets, a sharp tip, and hot water to melt and clear ice.

How can homeowners prevent clogged drains?

Don’t use harsh chemicals: Chemical drain cleaners can leave hidden corrosion. Choose natural options like baking soda and vinegar for cleaning.

Use a mesh drain strainer: An uncomplicated and budget-friendly solution to prevent debris from entering your drain.

Harness the power of simple, affordable kitchen staples - vinegar and baking soda: Keep drains clean using this simple method with odor-absorbing baking soda and vinegar.

Know how to properly use your garbage disposal: Avoid throwing certain items like eggshells, bones, and paper products down the garbage disposal.

Keep grease far from your sink: Collect grease and frying oils in a jar or can and dispose of them in the garbage.

Don’t put food scraps down your kitchen drain: Scrape food crumbs into the garbage can before rinsing dishes.

Rinse kitchen drains regularly with hot water: Run hot water after each use and pour very hot water down the drain weekly to prevent buildup.

Drain Cleaning Service in Burbank

For years, our locally owned and operated business has been a trusted name in the community for reliable and trustworthy drain cleaning services. Our team of experienced, diligent, and principled individuals is committed to surpassing customer expectations. Whether you require commercial, emergency, or residential drain cleaning, we are eager to assist you. Reach out to us today and become one of our loyal and satisfied customers!

Know how to properly use your garbage disposal.

Garbage disposals are not the same as garbage cans, despite their possibly misleading name. Garbage disposals are easily clogged, resulting in costly and messy issues. Garbage disposals are convenient, but certain items should never go near them. Don't throw any of the following foods, substances, and products down the garbage disposal:

  • Eggshells
  • Bones
  • Paper Products
  • Meat
  • Chemicals
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Paint
  • Rice
  • Fibrous Vegetable or Fruit Peels
  • Pasta

Turn on your cold water faucet while using the garbage disposal and for about one minute afterward. This allows food particles to fully flush through the pipes, helps you avoid odors, and helps with the grinding process.

Keep grease far from your sink.

Grease and frying oils are plumbing's worst enemies. Grease and oil can harden, adhere to other substances, and ultimately form large, difficult clogs. Rather than throwing these substances down the drain, collect them in a glass jar or can and place them in your garbage can.

Don’t put food scraps down your kitchen drain.

Being mindful of what goes down your drains is a vital step toward preventing clogs. Make it a practice to scrape food crumbs into your garbage can before rinsing dishes.

Rinse kitchen drains regularly with hot water.

Adopt the practice of running hot water each time you finish using your kitchen sink, which will prevent clogs by pushing soap, tiny bits of food, and other substances down the drain. If you experience clogs frequently, it’s also a good idea to pour very hot water down your drain every week to keep buildup to a minimum.

What are the most common sources of drain clogs?

Drain clogs can vary widely in their severity, with the most severe ones potentially leading to complex repairs, corrosion, backups, and a host of other frustrating issues.

Cotton Swabs: These never disintegrate, meaning they can easily cause fixture backups and extreme clogs.

Dental Floss, Hair, and Other Stringy Materials: These can tangle, clump together, become stuck within pipes and drains, and join forces with soap scum and grease to form horrible blockages. To avoid this type of obstruction, put hair in the trash, install a drain guard, and prioritize shower drain maintenance.

Toys: Toys could make their way into toilets and, eventually, pipelines. Foreign objects like these, frequently flushed by little ones, can quickly clog or damage pipes.

Vegetable and Fruit Peels or Rinds: These can result in problems ranging from disposal blades getting stuck to substantial damage involving drains, disposals, and pipes.

Kitty Litter: Even "flushable" types should never be flushed down the toilet. Cat excrement can wreak havoc on plumbing, causing obstructions and additional concerns for human health, especially for septic systems.

Starches (Rice, Pasta, Etc.) or Other Fibrous Foods: These can expand, become extremely sticky, and trap other food particles or substances to produce a pipe clog.

Feminine Products: These are not designed to degrade when flushed. Instead, they expand and collect, leading to extensive clogs.

Fats, Oil, and Grease: These cool down, then solidify inside your plumbing and cause tough, severe plugs.

Cosmetic Towelettes and Wipes: These can readily become trapped in pipe bends or on pipe irregularities. Even wipes advertised as "flushable" have a propensity to accumulate and create blockages in your plumbing system.

Eggshells: When they make their way into your drain, garbage disposal, and/or pipes, they produce very minute, granular waste that clings to sludge inside pipes and forms stubborn clogs.

What are the different types of drain clogs?

Hard Plugs

Debris or an object that blocks the pipe causes a hard clog. When tree roots interfere with plumbing, mineral buildup causes blockage in a pipe, or a foreign object (such as a dog or kids' toy, rock, or something similar) is flushed, these plugs occur. Hard plugs cannot be removed without the assistance of a trained plumber, as doing so will almost certainly result in serious damage and expensive repairs. When you contact our plumbing services, we will carefully inspect the pipes, establish the source and location of the blockage, then use hydro jetting or another advanced plumbing technology to remove the hard plug and restore proper plumbing function.

Soft Plugs

A soft plug develops gradually and is often caused by substances like grease, tissue paper, or baby wipes. Our licensed plumbers usually find that these soft plugs tend to get caught on imperfections in the pipes or within bends. Over time, the accumulated material obstructs the pipeline, creating a barrier that results in water blockage. Although plumbing snakes can provide a temporary fix by puncturing a hole through the plug, the material typically reseals itself, leading to a recurrence of the issue. Hydro jetting stands out as the most efficient method for clearing a soft clog.

What are the signs of a clogged drain?

You may need help from our drain cleaning service near you if you notice:

  • Pests in pipes
  • Overflowing or clogged toilet(s)
  • Water rising from drains after the toilet is flushed
  • Odors of mustiness or sewage
  • Rising water bills (due to inefficiency)
  • Sewage in your sewer cleanout
  • Air bubbles or gurgling noises
  • Standing water
  • Slow draining sink(s)
  • Clogs that don’t easily clear with a plunger
  • Water backing up in plumbing fixtures (sink, tub, etc.)

When you have clean drains, but your plumbing problem persists, we may need to resort to drain line repair or drain line replacement. Our skilled plumbing company is here to help you with any plumbing service you may need. Because clogs tend to worsen and get more problematic with time, contacting our plumbing services as soon as you notice any signs of a clog will help you steer clear of more serious problems in the future.