Drain Cleaning Service in Los Angeles

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Drain Cleaning Tips and Facts

What is hydro jetting?

A special hose is utilized during hydro jetting to drive high-pressure water through a plumbing system. When you choose this non-invasive procedure, our initial step involves inspecting the lines using a camera to detect any damage that could impede the use of hydro jetting for clearing the clog. If no damage is found, we’ll continue with your hydro jetting service by inserting the hose and connecting it to a professional water tank. We must carefully identify an optimal location to insert the hose before we begin this process.

Leveraging our exceptionally sturdy hose, the force of gravity, and high water pressure, we initiate the process of flushing debris from the system by directing a flow of 20 gallons per minute through a combination of forward-facing and numerous backward-facing jets that propel the nozzle along, effectively clearing obstructions. Hydro jetting goes beyond mere clog removal - it thoroughly eliminates tree roots, grease, mineral scale, and a wide range of debris types that could potentially cause future problems. When faced with a deep-seated clog, your trustworthy plumbing company will likely recommend this approach.

What are the different types of hydro jetting heads?

Plumbers use many different hydro jetting head types, and each one serves its own unique purpose. Your drain cleaning contractor will methodically select which heads to use for your hydro jetting service, depending on the severity and nature of the debris and/or clogs we locate during our inspection.

Warthog Heads are the embodiment of bringing out the heavy artillery. These large and powerful heads spin at high speeds to eliminate the toughest and most stubborn clogs. Nevertheless, the unmatched power of this head can lead to plumbing damage if not used correctly. When you reach out to us for drain cleaning service near you, we’ll give you full peace of mind that your hydro jetting service will be administered with precision and care.

Grease Heads are, as the name implies, specifically intended for removing grease. They feature a rotating nozzle that sprays water perpendicularly to the head, effectively removing stubborn, adhered grease as it moves through the pipeline. Since their cleaning action is limited to the pipe walls and does not address clogs before or after the head, it is a common practice to use another cleaning head in sequence to achieve the best results.

The Leader is a versatile nozzle employed by our experts to address challenging and hard-to-reach areas such as P-traps, pipe bends, corners, or vertical drops. As it navigates through these 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. The forward jet works to power through soft plugs and pierce a hole in them. When the head is pushed out of the pipe, the blockage follows. These heads are highly effective for clearing blockages in both directions.

Ice Heads attack ice dams by forcefully breaking through the ice. The pointed heads are an efficient technique to melt and clear ice by utilizing forward and backward-facing jets, a sharp tip, and hot water.

How can homeowners prevent clogged drains?

Don’t use harsh chemicals. Chemical drain cleaners are recognized for their high acidity. While they may seem effective at times, what remains hidden is the potential corrosion they can leave in your plumbing system. Consistent use of harsh drain cleaners can, in fact, lead to blockages by promoting the accumulation of corrosion. If you're facing a clogged drain, it's time to contact a professional drain cleaning service. Consider the more natural options when selecting household cleaners. Cleaning chemicals can cause significant damage to plumbing and can also be harmful to your health. Baking soda and vinegar are both extremely powerful and versatile cleaning solutions, making them an excellent choice for cleaning your home. There are also numerous effective and safe cleaning products on the market, so consider giving those a shot.

Use a mesh drain strainer. Mesh strainers provide an uncomplicated and budget-friendly solution to preventing food and other debris from entering your drain. Setting them up is quick, and regular emptying will help maintain the cleanliness of your drain and pipes.

Harness the power of simple, affordable kitchen staples - vinegar and baking soda. Thanks to its odor-absorbing, cleaning, and freshening properties, baking soda is a smart choice for cleaning kitchen sinks and drains. Make a habit of routinely sprinkling baking soda down the drain and rinsing with hot water. Vinegar contains acetic acid, which is an organic solvent that naturally cleans, deodorizes, and clears buildup of food particles in your household plumbing. On a weekly basis, pour one cup of vinegar into the drain, allow it to sit for 30 minutes, then rinse with hot water. You can affordably and easily keep your drains clean using this simple method. Combine two cups of vinegar with one cup of baking soda, then pour this potent mixture into the drain, where the dynamic ingredients will work to clean and freshen. After approximately 15 minutes of fizzing action, thoroughly rinse the drain with hot water.

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.

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 never disintegrate, which means they can easily cause fixture backups and extreme clogs.

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

Toys could make their way into toilets and, eventually, pipelines. Foreign things like this, which are frequently flushed by little ones, can quickly clog or damage pipes.

Vegetable and Fruit Peels or Rinds can result in problems that span from disposal blades getting stuck to substantial damage that involves drains, disposals, and pipes.

Kitty Litter, even "flushable" types, should never be flushed down the toilet. Not only can cat excrement wreak havoc on your plumbing and cause obstructions, but it can also cause a slew of additional concerns that affect human health. If you have a septic system, cat excrement may disturb the healthy bacteria that keeps your system running, causing serious, compounding issues. Animal feces can be dangerous if your water is treated at a facility since wastewater treatment plants are designed to process human waste, not animal waste and the particular microorganisms it contains.

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

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

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

Cosmetic Towelettes and Wipes 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 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.

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.

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 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 us as soon as you notice any signs of a clog will help you steer clear of more serious problems in the future.