Drain Cleaning Service in Glendale

For reliable and efficient drain cleaning services, choose All Star Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. Our locally owned and operated business in Glendale is committed to providing top-notch plumbing solutions without compromising quality. Our experienced and dedicated team is here to exceed your expectations, offering services for commercial, emergency, and residential drain cleaning.

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Drain Cleaning Tips and Facts

How Can Homeowners Prevent Clogged Drains?

Don’t Use Harsh Chemicals.

Avoid chemical drain cleaners with high acidity, as they can cause corrosion in your plumbing system. For professional drain cleaning in Glendale, contact All Star Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. Consider more natural options when selecting household cleaners, such as baking soda and vinegar, which are powerful and versatile cleaning solutions. Additionally, there are numerous effective and safe cleaning products on the market.

Use a Mesh Drain Strainer.

Prevent food and debris from entering your drain by using mesh strainers. Regularly emptying them will help maintain the cleanliness of your drain and pipes.

Harness the Power of Simple, Affordable Kitchen Staples - Vinegar and Baking Soda.

Baking soda and vinegar offer odor-absorbing, cleaning, and freshening properties. Routinely sprinkle baking soda down the drain and rinse with hot water. For a more potent mixture, combine two cups of vinegar with one cup of baking soda, pour it into the drain, let it fizz for about 15 minutes, and rinse thoroughly with hot water.

Know How to Properly Use Your Garbage Disposal.

Don't throw items like eggshells, bones, paper products, meat, chemicals, coffee grounds, paint, rice, fibrous vegetable or fruit peels, and pasta down the garbage disposal. Turn on the cold water faucet while using the garbage disposal and for about one minute afterward to flush food particles through the pipes.

Keep Grease Far from Your Sink.

Collect grease and frying oils in a glass jar or can and place them in the garbage can instead of pouring them down the drain.

Don’t Put Food Scraps Down Your Kitchen Drain.

Scrape food crumbs into your garbage can before rinsing dishes to prevent clogs.

Rinse Kitchen Drains Regularly with Hot Water.

Run hot water each time you finish using your kitchen sink to prevent clogs. If you experience frequent clogs, pour very hot water down your drain every week to minimize buildup.

What is Hydro Jetting?

Hydro jetting involves using a special hose to drive high-pressure water through a plumbing system. Our non-invasive procedure starts with a thorough inspection using a camera to detect any potential damage that might hinder the hydro jetting process. If no damage is found, we proceed with the hydro jetting service, inserting the hose and connecting it to a professional water tank. Carefully identifying an optimal location to insert the hose is crucial for the success of this process.

Using a robust hose, gravity, and high water pressure, we initiate the flushing process by directing a flow of 20 gallons per minute through a combination of forward-facing and backward-facing jets. This effectively clears obstructions and goes beyond simple clog removal, tackling issues such as tree roots, grease, mineral scale, and various debris types that could lead to future problems. Hydro jetting is a recommended approach for deep-seated clogs.

What are the Different Types of Hydro Jetting Heads?

Plumbers use various hydro jetting head types, each serving a unique purpose. Depending on the severity and nature of the debris and/or clogs found during our inspection, our drain cleaning experts will carefully select the appropriate heads for your hydro jetting service.

Warthog Heads are large and powerful, spinning at high speeds to eliminate tough and stubborn clogs. When you choose All Star Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning for drain cleaning service, rest assured that your hydro jetting will be administered with precision and care.

Grease Heads are specifically designed for removing grease, featuring a rotating nozzle that sprays water perpendicularly to the head. While their cleaning action is limited to the pipe walls and does not address clogs before or after the head, we often use another cleaning head in sequence for optimal results.

The Leader is a versatile nozzle used to address challenging and hard-to-reach areas. As it navigates through intricate spaces and moves along the pipes, the line follows the movement of the head.

Penetrator Heads adopt an aggressive strategy, combining a highly powerful forward jet with rear-facing jets. This approach works effectively for clearing blockages in both directions.

Ice Heads target ice dams by forcefully breaking through the ice. The pointed heads use forward and backward-facing jets, a sharp tip, and hot water to melt and clear the ice.

Common Sources of Drain Clogs

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

Cotton Swabs never disintegrate, leading to fixture backups and extreme clogs.

Dental Floss, Hair, and Other Stringy Materials can tangle, clump together, become stuck within pipes and drains, joining forces with soap scum and grease to form blockages. Using a drain guard, putting hair in the trash, and prioritizing shower drain maintenance can help avoid this type of obstruction.

Toys could find their way into toilets and pipelines, quickly causing clogs or damage.

Vegetable and Fruit Peels or Rinds can lead to problems, 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 health concerns. If you have a septic system, cat excrement may disturb the healthy bacteria, leading to serious issues.

Starches (Rice, Pasta, Etc.) or Other Fibrous Foods can expand, become sticky, and trap other particles, producing a pipe clog.

Feminine Products are not designed to degrade when flushed, leading to extensive clogs.

Fats, Oil, and Grease cool down, solidify inside plumbing, causing tough, severe plugs.

Cosmetic Towelettes and Wipes can become trapped in pipe bends or irregularities, creating blockages in your plumbing system. Even wipes advertised as "flushable" tend to accumulate.

Eggshells produce tiny granular waste that clings to sludge inside pipes, forming stubborn clogs.

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 service, 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.

Types of Drain Clogs

Hard Plugs

Debris or an object blocking the pipe causes a hard clog. When tree roots interfere with plumbing, mineral buildup causes a blockage, or a foreign object is flushed, these plugs occur. Hard plugs require a trained plumber for removal. Contact All Star Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning for a careful inspection, source and location identification, and removal using advanced plumbing technology to restore proper plumbing function.

Soft Plugs

A soft plug develops gradually, often caused by substances like grease, tissue paper, or baby wipes. Soft plugs tend to get caught on imperfections in pipes or bends. While plumbing snakes provide a temporary fix, hydro jetting is the most efficient method for clearing a soft clog.

Signs of a Clogged Drain

Contact All Star Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning for drain cleaning service if you notice:

  • Pests in pipes
  • Overflowing or clogged toilet(s)
  • Water rising from drains after flushing
  • 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 clear easily with a plunger
  • Water backing up in plumbing fixtures (sink, tub, etc.)

If clean drains don't resolve your plumbing problem, we may need to resort to drain line repair or replacement. Our skilled Glendale drain cleaning team is here to assist with any plumbing service you may need. Early intervention helps prevent more serious problems in the future.