How To Unclog A Drain Pipe

Whether we like it or not, clogged drains are a certainty of life that we cannot avoid. On the bright side, most clogs are usually minor, and can be quickly remedied with a plunger or by using an over-the-counter drain cleaning solution. You can even look to use some common household products to loosen the blockage. Let’s take a deeper look at some of these methods to unclog a drain pipe. 

Using A Plunger

Usually, when you see a slight clog occurring in the kitchen and bathroom towards the mouth of the drain, it is an accumulation of debris such as food particles or a buildup of hair. It is important to handle these in a timely manner to avoid them becoming more serious as that would require professional assistance, or worse, having to endure a partial repiping. So, whether the drain is in your kitchen sink, shower, bathroom sink, or toilet, a simple plunger should do the trick. You will want to make sure that plunger fully covers the drain opening and is sealed on all sides because the goal is to create suction. By using the right amount of pressure, you will forcefully free and loosen any trapped debris to continue moving down the drain.

Chemical Drain Cleaners & Household Products

You can find most chemical drain cleaners at your local drugstore or grocery store and they are a great option for any hard to reach clogs that won’t budge with the help of a plunger. Keep in mind that depending on your plumbing system, you may want to consider using a chemical solution to flush your drains at least once or twice a year to prevent the buildup of gunk and debris. You should also be aware of the fact that chemical drain cleaners can be dangerous and should be used sparingly. They have toxic compounds which are comprised of oxidizing chemicals like lye, which is very caustic and should not be inhaled or used in any closed-door environment. So, be sure to have proper ventilation when using drain cleaners. 

A very important factor to remember is that drain cleaners such as Draino should never be used to unclog your toilet as their chemical composition can create intense heat that can crack porcelain and even soften PVC piping. This can be very expensive to repair which is why plungers remain the best way to remedy minor clogs in your toilet.

Now, if you are someone who is staunchly against harsh chemicals of any variety, you can use common household products to break up debris in your drains. A short list of these items include, baking soda with vinegar, baking soda with lemon juice, salt with sodium borate and vinegar, baking soda with salt, and baking soda with salt and cream of tartar.

If you notice that your clog is much more serious, and cannot be fixed by using one of the above methods then you will need to seek out professional assistance. If that happens to be the case, be sure to call All County Sewer & Drain today as they have the expertise and technology to remedy any clog, no matter how serious it may be. Give them a call today at 1 (800) 834-3102!

The Advantages of Hydro-Jet Cleaning To Your Sewer Line and Septic System

A blockage within your sewer line can be an environmental nuisance and hazard because it allows waste materials to get stuck and build up within your toilet, showers, bathtubs, sinks, as well as the main sewer line. If this cannot be corrected with a plunger, then you will need some more powerful intervention. One of the most powerful and effective methods to clearing such blockages is through hydro-jet cleaning. This method involves inserting a high-pressure hose along with a multi-directional spray nozzle into the sewer line. The water pressure, which is sprayed at all degrees of the nozzle head, can reach 4000 psi. Let’s look at how hydro-jet cleaning can benefit your sewer line and septic system.

Unclogs And Cleans Better

When you have a serious clog in your sewer or septic system lines, a plumber will typically use drain augers or plungers to unclog the system. While this approach may remove the blockage, it also leaves all the grime and waste residue on the lining of your sewer pipes. This residue will eventually accumulate until another clog forms. Hydro-jet cleaning will clear all of that debris, leaving no residue for layers of sludge to build on.

It Does Not Cause Sewer Pipe Lining Damages

Most septic tanks and sewer systems have an average lifespan of 25 years, and that can vary depending on how well the system is designed and maintained. For example, if you use caustic chemical drain cleaners like sulfuric acid and sodium hydroxide, it can damage the sewer or septic line pipes by eating into the interior lining. Snakes and augers can also cause damage by causing cracks in the lining as they move through the pipes. Hydrojet cleaning, however, only uses high-pressure water that will not corrode the pipes or cause any cracks in the lining.

Prevents Malformed Epoxy

Property owners tend to use epoxy in order to restore their worn inner lining of sewer and septic piping systems. The pipes, however, usually have a thick coating of debris on the inside. So, installing epoxy relining without proper cleaning can cause malformed epoxy linings, which will not attach well to the pipes’ interiors. Over time, this can lead to system damage and blockages. Using hydro-jet cleaning to clear debris will allow for a clear, clean, and even surface within your pipes, which is critical for the proper lining of epoxy to improve the lifespan of your piping system.

Hydro-jetting is extremely beneficial to cleaning your sewer line system and clearing any debris that is hard to reach. In addition, due to its design and features, it can aid in the proper maintenance of your sewer system, thus improving its lifespan. If you have any further questions about hydro-jet cleaning or would like some professional assistance, feel free to call All County Sewer & Drain today at 1 (800) 834-3102!

How To Prepare for Drain Cleaning Service

One of the most valuable services for your plumbing system is drain cleaning. It can get rid of clogs that you may not have been aware of as well as help your plumbing equipment work more efficiently. However, one thing that most homeowners are not aware of is that for drain cleaning to work at its best, there are a few steps you should follow to get your system prepared. So, below we will discuss how to best prepare your plumbing system for drain cleaning services.

Create An Easy Access Point

First, you will want to clear a path between your front door and the drain to allow the plumber easier access to your system. Typically, you want to have at least three feet around the drain in question so that all the drain cleaning equipment can be brought in and out smoothly.

Remove Unnecessary Items Around The Access Point

You will also need to remove the items around the access point where the plumber will be working. For example, if you keep the toiletries under the sink, or cleaning supplies near the kitchen drains, then you should remove these items to allow for maximum safety and efficiency.

Dispose of Sewage

Anytime sewage begins to bubble through your drains, it becomes evident that you will need your drains cleaned. However, before you can reach out for drain cleaning services, you need to contact your local waste removal company as it will be hard to identify drain issues if the access point is blocked by sewage.

Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners

Chemical drain cleaners are dangerous and can be very bad for your pipes, while even eroding your plumbing system over time. However, if you are considering cleaning your drain on your own, try using a half cup of baking soda followed by a cup of white vinegar. Then, block your drain with a stopper and after fifteen minutes wash it out with hot water. Keep in mind that this may not get rid of your clog completely, but it will make it easier for a professional to remove the rest of the obstruction.

Unfortunately, drain problems can sometimes hide bigger issues. It could be a damaged pipe or even a sewer line failure. Luckily, at All County Sewer and Drain, they have the equipment to pinpoint exactly what your issue is and where it is located. Their sewer cameras give them a clear view of what is going on in your pipes allowing them to provide the best course of action. If you have any further questions about their drain cleaning service, give them a call today at 1 (800) 834-3102!

Common Sewer & Drain Issues During The Winter

Most homeowners know how the winter season can wreak havoc on their plumbing system. This is a primary reason why it is essential to keep up with plumbing maintenance throughout the year because if you neglect doing so or shrug off any minor issues as “no big deal,” you will find that those same issues intensify during the winter months. With that said, let’s take a look at some of these common winter plumbing problems that should be met with immediate action.

Frozen Pipes

Anytime the weather drops to below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, poorly insulated or exposed pipes become vulnerable to freezing, meaning they are now in danger of bursting. If this goes unaddressed, a burst pipe can cause costly water damage to your home, while also creating a breeding ground for mold and mildew. So, when the weather starts to dip, you will want to check any pipes that could be at risk of freezing. Look out for layers of frost on the pipes as it may indicate there is a frozen block of water inside. Another potential sign of a frozen pipe includes faucets producing a weak stream of water or no water at all.

Clogged Drains

We all know better than to wash oil and grease down our drains, however, things happen. Pipes collect all kinds of debris such as hair, soap scum, or sludgy cooking substances and these things build up over time. So, when the cold weather hits, anything stuck in your pipes will solidify or combine with the frozen water leaving you with a fully stopped-up sink or shower. If you encounter any winter clogs, you may want to try pouring boiling water down the drain to thaw the obstruction. 

Water Heater Problems

Your water heater is hard at work throughout the year, but more so during the winter due to the increased demand for hot showers, and heavy loads of laundry and dishes. This increased wear and tear can cause a water heater to break down, especially if you have neglected to have regular maintenance on it for the past year. Lukewarm or chilly water could be a sign of an overworked or failing water heater. Additional signs to look out for are strange sounds coming from the water heater, or signs of leakage around the base of the appliance. If you notice any of these, then you will need to act fast because a busted water heater, like a burst pipe, can be very costly to deal with if left unaddressed.

The winter season can be brutal to your plumbing system and if you have not kept up with regular maintenance, now would be a great time to get started before some of these issues become even more costly down the line. Get in touch with All County Sewer and Drain today at 1 (800) 834-3102 to schedule an appointment with one of their professionals to come and take a look into your system.

Unfreezing The Drains In The Winter

As we are deep into the winter season, it is important to understand that your household drains are susceptible to freezing and thus making it difficult to unclog them while using traditional drain cleaning methods. You might be asking, which drains are at risk of freezing? The answer to this question would be drains that are more exposed to the elements, or ones that are along the outside walls of exposed basement walls. A few examples of these drains would be downspout discharge drains, shallow sewer lines, and shallow drains.

How To Prevent Freezing Drains

Now, it is important to keep in mind that there is no guarantee that the freezing temperatures will not affect your drains. However, the following solutions can help to prevent a drain block:

  1. First, you should cover your pipes with insulation sleeves
  2. Insulate any unfinished basements or other areas where the pipes and drains are exposed to colder temperatures
  3. Turn up the heat in any area where your pipes and drains are exposed
  4. Be sure to carefully pour hot water down any used household drains that are used infrequently
  5. Make sure you remove any debris from the outdoor drains and keep them clear throughout the winter months.

What Happens If Your Drain Becomes Frozen

When it comes to clearing frozen drains and pipes, here are a few DIY approaches you might want to consider. First, if it is an outdoor drain, using hot saltwater or just hot water along with a deicing agent can help to clear a line, however, be prepared for some water to back up towards you until you have cleared the block. For indoor pipes, they may respond by exposing them to the heat from a hair dryer. You will want to be cautious not to expose the pipes to heat for too long as it can cause more damage. Now, while using the DIY approach might work, you might want to contact a drain cleaning professional like All County Sewer & Drain for safety reasons. All County Sewer & Drain uses their drain cleaning cameras to get deep into the drain and see exactly where an issue is. Doing so allows them to know exactly where they need to work and save you time and money.

So, if you happen to notice that your drain is freezing up or it already has become frozen and you are in need of professional assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to All County Sewer & Drain today at (800) 834-3102!