Drain Clearing & Cleaning For Sacramento Homeowners
Given the choice, few of us would forego indoor plumbing. After all, having a seemingly limitless supply of fresh, clean water on demand keeps us hydrated, healthy, and happy. But what comes into your home has to leave sooner or later. The pipes that carry wastewater to your septic system or municipal sewers can clog; when they do, nothing good comes from it. So if you need drain clearing and cleaning, turn to the same company you trust for the rest of your home plumbing services: Ace Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning.
Signs of a Drain Clog
Some clogs are immediately apparent. If your toilet is backed up, you may be making a panicked run for the plunger. But sometimes clogs can be sneaky things. Because many clogs come from gradual buildups of foreign matter in your pipes, drains can slow almost imperceptibly at first until you finally reach a point where the clog is more obvious. And clogs further along in the system can have other signs; a septic or sewer clog can cause all of your drains to drain slower or in extreme cases can even cause wastewater to back up into your home.
Causes of Drain Clogs
Just like your home has many drains, each has specific clog causes. Understanding them can help you keep clogs from happening.
Kitchen Sink Clogs
Food contains starches, fats, and oils. A little bit won’t harm your drains. The problem, however, is that those materials build up over time, causing your kitchen sink’s drainage to slow to a trickle.
Solution: Watch what goes down the drain, and if you’ve had a garbage disposal installation, be careful with that as well. Starchy or fatty food should be scraped off your plates into the trash rather than going down the drain.
Tub and Shower Drain Clogs
Many common skin and hair care products contain moisturizers that can build up. Once you add the hair that the average person sheds in the shower, it’s a wonder that tubs and showers don’t clog more often!
Solution: If you’ve used body oils or anything else that’s oil-based, let them absorb before getting into the shower. And make sure you have a drain screen to collect hair and keep it from going down the drain.
Toilets can take a lot of punishment, but material builds up in those pipes as well. And we’ve all had times when we’ve used a bit too much toilet paper or flushed something we shouldn’t have. If the plunger isn’t solving the problem, call us.
Solution: Be careful of what you flush. Food shouldn’t go down the toilet. Neither should many “flushable” products like personal wipes or kitty litter; nor should many common cleaning products, which can damage plumbing, even leading to septic system repairs or the need for hydro-jetting services.
Floor Drain Clogs
Common in garages, laundry rooms, and workspaces, floor drains are meant for overflow and occasional accidents as we work with large quantities of water. Here, the most common clog sources are common dirt and household debris.
Solution: When you sweep, sweep away from the drain rather than toward it to keep dirt and debris out. Use a dustpan for the big stuff and a shop vac for the finer dust and dirt.
Sewer Main Clogs
Your sewers take the worst punishment since everything that goes down every drain and toilet in your home ends up here eventually. The problem is compounded by nearby trees and shrubs, which can cause root incursions that damage or clog your sewer system.
Solution: Besides following the steps mentioned earlier (they’ll help your sewers or septic system just like the rest of your plumbing), your best option is video pipe inspection followed by drain cleaning or hydro-jetting that’s capable of clearing out the nastiest clogs.
Emergency Drain and Sewer Service in the Sacramento Area
Even when you’re extremely diligent, it may not prevent every last drain or sewer problem. So if you experience a clog — no matter when — call Ace Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning for quick and trusted Sacramento plumbing services.
Clogged toilets can often require more than just a plunger. Some clogs require work from the sewer line. Call Ace Plumbing, Heating and Air immediately if more than one toilet becomes clogged simultaneously.
Laundry room drains, basement drains, garage drains, patio drains, and driveways can have drains that move water away to prevent flooding. Often these drains have a trap that should contain water to prevent odor and sewer gas from escaping.
Main Sewer Lines
When you notice all of your household drains slowing, there is usually a problem in the main line. Often roots invade the line and clog your drain. We can get to the root of the problem quickly and can clear the blockage, even without disturbing your landscaping or driveways. If needed, we can replace the sewer line with trenchless technology.
We provide drain clog clearing and drain cleaning services in Sacramento, Folsom, Fair Oaks, Davis, Woodland, Lincoln, Rocklin, Roseville, Elk Grove, Granite Bay, El Dorado Hills, Mather, Rancho Cordova, Citrus Heights, West Sacramento and all the communities between. Call Ace Plumbing for an estimate or plumber dispatch.