Drain Cleaning Service in La Crescenta

For reliable and effective drain cleaning services, turn to All Star Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. With a focus on quality and trustworthiness, our locally owned and operated business is dedicated to meeting your drain cleaning needs. Our team consists of experienced and diligent individuals ready to exceed customer expectations. Whether you require commercial, emergency, or residential drain cleaning, we are here to assist you. Contact All Star Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, and join our growing list of satisfied customers!

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Drain Cleaning Tips and Facts

What is Hydro Jetting?

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

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

Types of Hydro Jetting Heads

Plumbers use different hydro jetting head types, each serving a unique purpose. Depending on the severity and nature of the debris and/or clogs found during inspection, your drain cleaning contractor selects the appropriate heads for 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, rest assured that your hydro jetting service will be administered with precision and care.

Grease Heads are specifically intended for removing grease, featuring a rotating nozzle that sprays water perpendicularly to the head. This effectively removes stubborn, adhered grease, and using another cleaning head in sequence is common for optimal results.

The Leader is a versatile nozzle addressing challenging and hard-to-reach areas. As it navigates intricate spaces, the line follows the movement of the head.

Penetrator Heads adopt an aggressive strategy, combining a highly powerful forward jet with rear-facing jets. These heads are highly effective for clearing blockages in both directions.

Ice Heads break through ice dams with forward and backward-facing jets, a sharp tip, and hot water.

How Can Homeowners Prevent Clogged Drains?

Don’t Use Harsh Chemicals

Avoid chemical drain cleaners with high acidity, as they can leave potential corrosion in your plumbing system. Contact All Star Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning for professional drain cleaning in La Crescenta.

Use a Mesh Drain Strainer

Prevent debris from entering your drain with a mesh strainer. Regularly emptying it helps maintain drain and pipe cleanliness.

Harness the Power of Simple Cleaners - Vinegar and Baking Soda

Baking soda and vinegar are powerful and versatile cleaning solutions. Routinely sprinkle baking soda down the drain and rinse with hot water. Pour one cup of vinegar into the drain weekly, let it sit for 30 minutes, then rinse with hot water for an affordable and effective cleaning method.

Properly Use Your Garbage Disposal

Be cautious of what goes down the garbage disposal. Avoid throwing items like eggshells, bones, paper products, meat, chemicals, coffee grounds, paint, rice, fibrous vegetable or fruit peels, and pasta. Run cold water while using the garbage disposal and for about one minute afterward to flush particles through the pipes.

Keep Grease Away from Your Sink

Collect grease and frying oils in a glass jar or can, placing them in the garbage can rather than down the drain.

Avoid Putting Food Scraps Down Your Kitchen Drain

Scrape food crumbs into the 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 by pushing substances down the drain. For frequent clogs, pour very hot water down the drain weekly to minimize buildup.

What are the most common sources of drain clogs?

Drain clogs can vary widely in severity, potentially leading to complex repairs, corrosion, backups, and a host of other frustrating issues.

Cotton Swabs: They never disintegrate, easily causing 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 blockages. To avoid this type of obstruction, put hair in the trash, install a drain guard, and prioritize shower drain maintenance.

Toys: They could make their way into toilets and, eventually, pipelines. Foreign objects like toys, 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 health concerns.

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, expanding and collecting to cause extensive clogs.

Fats, Oil, and Grease: These cool down, 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, creating blockages. Even wipes advertised as "flushable" have a propensity to accumulate and create blockages in your plumbing system.

Eggshells: These are a unique material because 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.

Soft Plugs

A soft plug develops gradually and is often caused by substances like grease, tissue paper, or baby wipes. 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 if you notice:

  • Pests in pipes
  • Overflowing or clogged toilet(s)
  • Water rising from drains after flushing the toilet
  • 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.)

If your plumbing problem persists despite clean drains, we may need to resort to drain line repair or replacement. Our skilled La Crescenta drain cleaning company is here to help with any plumbing service you may need. As clogs worsen with time, contacting us at the first signs of a clog will help you avoid more serious problems in the future.