Drain Cleaning Service in South Pasadena

As a trusted name in the South Pasadena community, All Star Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning is your reliable partner for drain cleaning services. Our locally owned and operated business is committed to delivering impeccable service. Our team comprises experienced, diligent, and principled individuals eager to exceed our customers' expectations. Whether you require commercial, emergency, or residential drain cleaning, we are here to assist you. Reach out to All Star Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, and let us add you to our list of satisfied customers!

I hired Victor because he was very professional and polite, respectful. He explained what he was going to do, gave me ideas if I wanted to replace some pipes in the future and was reasonably priced. I would definitely recommend him and would gladly call him back if I have any more plumbing problems.
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Drain Cleaning Tips and Facts

What is Hydro Jetting?

Hydro jetting utilizes a special hose to drive high-pressure water through a plumbing system. In this non-invasive procedure, we inspect lines using a camera to detect potential damage. If no damage is found, we proceed with hydro jetting by inserting the hose and connecting it to a professional water tank. Our skilled team carefully identifies an optimal location to initiate the process.

Leveraging a sturdy hose, gravity, and high water pressure, we flush debris from the system with 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. When facing a deep-seated clog, your trustworthy plumbing company will likely recommend this approach.

Types of Hydro Jetting Heads

Warthog Heads: Large and powerful, these heads spin at high speeds to eliminate tough clogs, administered with precision and care.

Grease Heads: Specifically intended for removing grease, these heads feature a rotating nozzle that sprays water perpendicularly to effectively remove 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 to power through soft plugs and clear blockages in both directions.

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

How Can Homeowners Prevent Clogged Drains?

Don’t use harsh chemicals: Avoid high acidity chemical drain cleaners and opt for natural options like baking soda and vinegar.

Use a mesh drain strainer: Install a budget-friendly mesh strainer to prevent debris from entering your drain.

Harness the power of simple, affordable kitchen staples - vinegar and baking soda: Routinely sprinkle baking soda down the drain and rinse with hot water. Use vinegar to naturally clean and deodorize your household plumbing.

Know how to properly use your garbage disposal: Avoid throwing certain items down the disposal and run cold water to aid in the grinding process.

Keep grease far from your sink: Collect grease and frying oils in a jar or can for disposal 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 using the sink and consider pouring very hot water down the drain weekly to minimize buildup.

Common Sources of Drain Clogs

Drain clogs can vary widely in severity, potentially leading to complex repairs, corrosion, backups, and frustrating issues. Here are some common culprits:

Cotton Swabs: These never disintegrate, causing fixture backups and extreme clogs.

Dental Floss, Hair, and Other Stringy Materials: Tangle, clump together, and join forces with soap scum and grease to form blockages.

Toys: Foreign objects flushed by little ones can quickly clog or damage pipes.

Vegetable and Fruit Peels or Rinds: Cause disposal blades to get stuck and lead to substantial damage.

Kitty Litter: Even "flushable" types should never be flushed, causing plumbing havoc and potential health concerns.

Starches (Rice, Pasta, Etc.) or Other Fibrous Foods: Expand, become sticky, and trap other substances, producing a pipe clog.

Feminine Products: Not designed to degrade when flushed, leading to extensive clogs.

Fats, Oil, and Grease: Solidify inside plumbing, causing tough, severe plugs.

Cosmetic Towelettes and Wipes: Can become trapped and create blockages in your plumbing system.

Eggshells: Produce granular waste that clings to sludge inside pipes, forming stubborn clogs.

Types of Drain Clogs

Hard Plugs

Debris or an object blocking the pipe causes a hard clog. When tree roots or mineral buildup interferes, these plugs occur. Removal requires a trained plumber using advanced technology like hydro jetting.

Soft Plugs

Develop gradually and often caused by substances like grease, tissue paper, or baby wipes. Soft plugs get caught on pipe imperfections, creating a barrier that results in water blockage. Hydro jetting is the most efficient method for clearing a soft clog.

Signs of a Clogged Drain

Contact our 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 easily clear with a plunger
  • Water backing up in plumbing fixtures (sink, tub, etc.)

If your plumbing problems persist, our skilled drain cleaning company is ready to assist. Clogs tend to worsen with time, so contact us as soon as you notice any signs to avoid more serious problems in the future.