Do you have slow running drains? Are you standing in an inch or two of water every time you take a shower? These are hard to miss signs that you need a drain clearing.
You might be tempted to use a chemical cleaner like Drano or Liquid Plumr, but we advise against this. Those cleaners use environmentally dangerous solvents and corrosive acids to break up clogs. Our Concord drain cleaning team uses tried and true mechanical methods and, when necessary, pressurized water cleaning with a hydrojet. This allows us to provide a safer, more effective drain cleaning than anything possible with a home handyman toolkit.
Common Signs of A Clogged Drain
Before you call for blocked drain services, you will likely notice some telltale signs that your drains need attention. Some of the most common include water backing up out of your home’s drains, the smell of sewage around your drains, or certain drains overflowing when you run water in a different part of the house. Slow or sluggish drains should also receive a call for professional drain cleaning before the problem becomes worse. So, whether you need rooter service in Alamo or Bay Point, Plumbing Solutions should be the first to know about it.
Our Plumbers Can Unclog Any Drain in Your Home
Bathtub and shower drains: The bathtub drain is among the most commonly clogged, in our experience. This is caused by all the hair, shampoo, and conditioner residue building up over time along the walls of your drain pipes. After being rinsed down the drain, these substances clump together, dry up, and form clogs that constrict the flow of water throughout your plumbing system, forcing water to pool up at the bottom of your bathtub or shower basin. Snaking the shower drain with a closet auger is usually your best option to DIY your unclogging, but calling in a professional plumbing service is always a more reliable option.
Kitchen drains: With all the food scraps, grease, and other debris that gets washed down your kitchen sink every day, it’s bound to get clogged at some point. Even a garbage disposal can only do so much to break up the debris. If boiling water and baking soda can’t clear the clog, you should consider calling a local plumbing company, like Plumbing Solutions, to quickly clear your kitchen drain.
Bathroom sink drains: Globs of toothpaste mixed in with hair shavings, gels, beauty products, and lotions are a recipe for disaster for your bathroom sinks. This threat only increases with each resident of your household. Once it’s clogged past the point of no return, the worst thing you can do for your pipes is to use liquid drain cleaners. Not only will they corrode the insides of your pipes, but they also contain chemicals that negatively affect our environment. Our professional plumbers can make quick work out of a bathroom sink blockages. We can also fix leaky or faulty fixtures that may be contributing to your clogs.
Area drains: These exterior drains collect rainwater and storm water runoffs from the sides of roofs and other places where water pools up. A clogged area drain on your property is bad news. With nowhere to go, rain and storm water runoff will begin to collect on your yard, eventually spilling out across your property’s landscape and damaging everything in sight. Keeping your area drains flowing means it’s one less thing to worry about.
Toilets: Even though it might not seem like it at first, your toilet is a drain, too. Like any other drain, your toilet can get clogged, and with paper products and toilet paper constantly being flushed when they shouldn’t be, it’s only a matter of time before it won’t flush or even worse, overflows. While a plunger can usually help, be careful that you don’t keep flushing it, because it’s easy for water to overrun and damage the surrounding floor, cabinets, and vanities. When this happens, our drain cleaners will be there in no time to fix it and clean up afterward.
Main sewer drains: As you can tell from its name, this is your property’s main vein, so to speak. It’s responsible for moving wastewater away from your home or commercial building and into the branching sewer drains that connect underground. You’ll often know when the main sewer line is clogged, as it will have an effect on all the fixtures in your home from bathroom drains to the kitchen sink and everything in between. You might also smell some new odors around your home, and run into surprising issues with your dishwasher or washing machine. Water jetting is usually your best option for a sewer main clean-out, but that’s not a piece of equipment you can just go out and buy. The good news is that our team can handle that backed-up sewer drain within minutes by examining the line with a camera inspection, and then breaking out the most appropriate equipment for the job.
What Causes Household Drain Clogs?
There are several different causes of a clogged drain, and almost all of them have to do with homeowners allowing items into drains that shouldn’t be there. These include cooking grease, food particles, paper towels, and hair in tubs and showers. According to the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District, grease blockages are the second leading cause of all sewer overflows, so be sure to limit the amount of grease that goes down your drain if your drain or sewer lateral is prone to clogging.
One cause that doesn’t have to do with the homeowner is tree roots. These will often grow toward the nearest water source and can penetrate pipes, causing a serious clog.
Clogged Drain Video Inspection & Repair
When you have a single toilet, sink, or tub clog, it is easy for us to diagnose the problem. Something has gotten jammed up in the pipes between the drain and the main drain line. Usually, the clog is just a few feet down the line and our drain snake can crank through it.
Busting through the clog will open the drain up, but may not clear the pipe completely. If you drain continues to run slowly, we may use our fiber optic camera to look into the pipes to determine the issue.
Sometimes it is just a bit of gunk sticking tight to the pipes, others it’s a metal spur or piece of plastic. Whatever it is, we’ll get it fixed right away.
What If All of Your Drains Are Slow?
If all of the drains in your home are running slow, you have a problem with your main drain line. There are a number of things that could cause this from tree roots breaking through to a build-up of grease from the kitchen. We never attempt a mainline clearing without first taking a look with our cameras. Once we locate the cause of the problem, our Concord plumbers will explain your options. If we see several breaks in the line, we may suggest a trenchless sewer installation, but usually, we can clear the clog with a motorized snake or hydrojet. Hydrojetting is more expensive, but it will leave the interior of your drain as clean as it was the day it was installed.
Leak Detection Services in Concord, CA
Regardless of their size, leaks on your property should always be taken seriously. Small or large, a leak can indicate underlying problems with the pipes in your plumbing system, which could be actively damaging your property without you even knowing. Our team of leak detection experts can assist residential homes, locally-owned businesses, and commercial properties with all of their leak detection and repair needs. Our plumbing professionals are fully equipped with the latest in leak detection technology and repair equipment. This allows us to inspect the pipes on your property and diagnose the problem quickly, and without causing any unnecessary damage or disruptions to your daily routine while we’re working.
Commercial Grade Drain Cleaning & Sewer Jetting
Cleaning our a commercial drain takes a little extra care and more powerful equipment. The need for minimized downtime, the potential disruption to business, and the risk of liability from customers means there is no time to wait.
The good news is that our team relies on some of the industry’s best water jetting equipment to handle your property’s worst clogs. The biggest piece of equipment in our arsenal is the Spartan Soldier trailer jetter, which can blast water with up to 3,000 PSI deep within your drain or sewer line. This pressure not only fixes ongoing clogs, but can help break down the built-up debris and prevent future clogs, as well.
For clogs that aren’t accessible by a trailer-mounted jetter, or in situations where your pipes are not built to withstand the pressure, we also offer a variety of enzymatic and manual drain cleaning methods. No matter what kind of clog you have, or where it is, we can handle it.
Serving Concord and the Surrounding Cities
Don’t live in Concord? No problem! Our team of plumbing and drain cleaning experts have years of experience providing plumbing related repairs to residents of the cities that surround Concord, like Walnut Creek, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Danville, and more! So, the next time you need a drain cleaning in the East Bay, give Plumbing Solutions a call to schedule an appointment today!
Do You Offer Septic Tank Cleaning?
Yes! We’re happy to offer septic tank installation, maintenance, and cleanouts.
Let’s Work Together
The residents of Concord get many important benefits from working with Plumbing Solutions, including:
- Satisfaction Guarantee – Only when you are satisfied with the job we’ve done, will we pack up and call it a day.
- Same Day Service – No homeowner likes to wait around for a plumber to show up and fix their issue, so we offer same day service on most services.
- Solid Warranties – If for some reason a repair or installation doesn’t turn out well, you have full coverage.
- Expert Technicians – You can trust our technicians to act professionally every time they enter your home.
- Flat-rate Pricing – For added peace of mind, we use a flat-rate pricing model so you don’t have to worry about hidden fees.
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