How to Address a Blocked Drain

drain cleaningMaintaining a household can be strenuous and daunting, especially if you feel ill equipped for the task at hand. Calix Plumbing offers many services to property owners. One in particular is one that is fairly common, but some let it fall by the wayside until it becomes an issue needing immediate attention.

Sewer Drain Cleaning: What’s the issue?

A blocked up toilet is one thing that we have all had to deal with. They are mostly easy to clean and get in working order. A blocked sewer drain is a whole other animal that can have massive, immediate, and rancid repercussions. When your main sewer line is clogged it is imperative to have it cleared before being used again. As a general rule, drains only need to be cleared on an “as needed” basis. There are a few clues that can help indicate it’s time to have your drain cleaned (before it becomes a bigger issue):

  • Your toilet makes a gurgling sound once it’s flushed.
  • The smell of sewage becomes more pronounced.
  • Water starts to collect around the toilet or drains.

Hydro Jetting: How can this help?

Hydro jetting is a method of pipe cleaning. It utilizes extreme, targeted water pressure to break up obstructions without damaging any pipes. Jetting water pressure can range from 3000 to 4000 psi (pounds per square inch), giving a hot knife through butter effect on whatever isn’t allowing things to flow freely through the draining system.

The flow of plumbing is always natural, it’s pulled away by gravity. Hydro jetting, instead of starting at the top of the system, starts from the bottom. As sections of blockage are broken up, the natural flow of the system draws the debris away. It is an effective and safe method for resolving blocked drains.

Video Inspections: Why is this step so important?

An extremely crucial step to any intensive plumbing project is to go back and make sure all issues have been resolved. Often times, the issues with blockages occur in areas beyond an eye’s sight, it is extremely important to have a video inspection done of the pipes.

When wielded by amateur hands, hydro jetting can actually be quite dangerous. It can give the illusion of a resolution. In some instances, there may be issues with the pipes unassociated with a normal blockage (i.e. something like a tree root). If a plumber doesn’t follow up their work with a video inspection, that is a recipe for disaster. Instead of relief from plumbing issues, you may find the problem exacerbated.

Usually when plumbing problems rear their ugly heads, they are emergent. Ideally any suspicions of blockages need to be addressed before they get to the point of crisis. Hydro jetting is a great way to deal with drain problems (even if they have the unfortunate prospect of being completely blocked). In expert hands, this particular issue would be easily resolved.