Clogged drains, slow drains… dirty drains. They’re the most common plumbing trouble people encounter in their homes. Although you can take steps to reduce the chance of clogs and slow drains (using drain covers, never pouring fats, oils, and grease down the drains, etc.), there is no sure-fire way to prevent them all. You’ll eventually need drain cleaning from professional plumbers.
Drain cleaning is both a reactive measure—getting a drain unclogged—and a proactive measure. In the latter case, scheduling drain cleaning annually means you can help prevent future clogging by eliminating the build-up inside the drains. We recommend you call us for drain cleaning each year.
But why rely on professionals for this job? There are a few reasons:
Professionals won’t use harsh, toxic, ineffective chemicals
Do you know one tool that professional plumbers never use when it comes to drain cleaning? Liquid drain cleaners. These “quick solution” options you find on store shelves are one of the worst things you can use to clear out drain clogs. At best, one of these mixtures of lye and other caustic chemicals will eat through part of a clog to allow water to flow again, creating only a temporary fix to the trouble. At worst, the acidic action of the chemicals damages the pipes, leading to leaks. On top of that, these chemical concoctions are highly toxic, leaving dangerous fumes and later leaking into the ground from the landfill. Professional plumbers have tools that do the job thoroughly without causing any damage.
Professionals have access to specialized equipment
What are the tools professionals use if they leave the chemical cleaners aside? There are a number of them, but the most powerful one our plumbers use is the hydro-jetter. Hydro-jetting is the use of high-pressure water along the inside of drainpipes to scour away all build-up. The plumbers place long hose with a special directional nozzle at the end down the drains or clean-out, then send water placed under pressure with a motor out into the pipes. Our plumbers also use motorized drain augers, rotating tools that drill down into clogs to fully remove them.
Professionals are trained to use this equipment
“Why can’t I buy one of these amazing drain augers or hydro-jetters and just do the drain cleaning on my own?” you may ask. There are couple of reasons, such as the price of the equipment. But more important than the price is that these are tools requiring specialized training to use effectively—and safely. Hydro-jetting, for example, can be harmful to people if it’s done without the correct safety gear and knowledge. A powerful drain auger can cause damage to a drain pipe in the hands of an amateur. To get the job done right, safely, and quickly, make sure you have a licensed plumber do the drain cleaning.
When you are searching for a professional plumber in the Bay Area to handle your drain cleaning, we’re the people to call. We have licensed and experience plumbers with the finest in drain cleaning technology. They’ll arrive at your home ready to have your drains cleaned, whether it’s an emergency unclogging job or part of routine plumbing maintenance!