At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air Blog: Archive for the ‘Drain and Sewer’ Category

Why Do Store-Bought Means of Drain Cleaning Rarely Work?

Monday, March 12th, 2018

drain-cleaning-servicesWhen clogs show up in people’s drains, it usually does so at the least opportune time: when you’re cleaning the dishes, for example, or preparing a meal. Most of the time, people look for quick solutions to such problems, typically by buying a cleanser or plumbing snake at the local supermarket or hardware store. Unfortunately, store-bought means of cleaning drains rarely work the way they should, which means that the problem doesn’t really get solved. A professional plumbing service is almost always the best choice to deal with a clog in your drains. Why do store- bought means of drain cleaning rarely work? In part because they can address your particular problem.

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Never Throw These Foods Down the Drain

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Almost every home in Draper, UT has a garbage disposal in the kitchen, which can do wonders for getting rid of used foodstuffs. But that can sometimes lead homeowners to become complacent, and pour things down the drain they shouldn’t. Garbage disposal are very versatile, but they can’t handle everything, and if you don’t pay attention, the foods you pour down the drain can end up causing serious problems. We’ve included a quick list below, along with the reasons why.

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What Kinds of Tools Are Used for Drain Cleaning?

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Tough build-up and clogs can be hard to reach and hard to remove; this is why plumbers have a range of professional-grade tools at their disposal to clear substantial build-up and clogs. If you’ve tried some home remedies, such as baking soda and vinegar, or boiling water, but are still hearing the gurgling of a slow drain, it may be time to call for professional drain cleaning services in Salt Lake City.

What Can Cause Dirty Drains?

There are a few ways your drains can become slow or backed-up. One of the biggest culprits is FOG: fasts, grease and oil. Fats, oil and grease do not disappear from your piping, no matter how much hot water you run down the drain. In fact, hot water can make the situation worse as it melts these items, allowing them to go further into your plumbing system. The problem comes when they cool because they are materials that congeal and stick to your piping. Another culprit is food particles.

Even a small piece of food lodged in your drain can cause slow draining or clogging. Sometimes you can plunge these items, but many times they’ll stay lodged. Lastly, hair and soap scum can be a big problem, especially in bathroom plumbing. Soap scum hardens on the inside of piping and when you add hair to it, you can have a hard, solid mess on your hands. So what do professionals use to remove these items? Let’s take a look.

Professional Tools

  • Motorized drain snakes – drain snakes use cables that have varying widths and lengths to accommodate all kinds of piping. Motorization comes from either an attached drill or an actual small motor. It takes training to use motorized drain snakes as they can cause damage to your plumbing if mishandled.
  • Scour jetting/hydrojetting – scour jetting is akin to power washing your home: powerful water jets remove clinging debris in your pipes and flush it from your plumbing system without causing damage.
  • Video equipment – video pipe inspection allows the technician to see the problem in its entirety and choose a tool that will work best for the problem.

Professional tools should only be handled by professionals, so don’t run out and purchase a motorized drain snake for yourself. Instead, call the experts you can always count on for professional drain cleaning in Salt Lake City: At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air.

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3 Techniques Plumbers Use in Drain Cleaning

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Drain clogs are perhaps the most common, persistent, and annoying of all plumbing problems you can encounter. Sometimes you can clear out clogs with a sink plunger, but if this doesn’t work, you need to call in the professional plumbers to handle the job. (Never use chemical drain cleaners; they are too toxic and acidic.)

There’s a way you can cut down on the number of clogs and slow drains in your home: schedule a thorough drain cleaning in Salt Lake City, UT from the expert team at At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air. A professional drain cleaning will clear out the debris and contamination in your drains and allow the water to flow freely through them. A yearly cleaning job will do wonders to cut down on the number of plumbing issues you experience.

Here Are 3 Professional Techniques Used For Drain Cleaning

  • Motorized drain snakes: Drain snakes, also called drain augers, are basic tools that you can purchase at many stores. However, these models aren’t very efficient at clearing out tough clogs to provide a thorough cleaning. For this, you need a plumber armed with a motorized drain snake that can drill down into heavy clogs and blockages and remove them or effectively break them apart.
  • Hydro-jetting: Hydro-jetters are the preferred tools of plumbers who want to provide a full cleansing to a drain. Hydro-jetters are devices that place scalding hot water under tremendous pressure and then blast it out through a nozzle on a hose that reaches down inside drainpipes. The scouring action clears away clogs but also eliminates build-up along the pipe interior. This does an effective job of wiping away grease, fat, and other food particles that can coat the inside of pipes. Hydro-jetting needs the work of trained plumbers because of the potential danger from the high pressure water.
  • Video pipe inspection equipment: Drain cleaning doesn’t have to be about guesswork. With miniaturized cameras mounted on long fiber optic cables, plumbers can receive visual feeds onto monitors to see exactly what a pipe’s interior looks like. These are invaluable tools for determining how and where to apply cleaning. Video pipe inspection equipment is also helpful for locating leaks and damage in your pipes.

You don’t have to live with persistent clogs and slow drains bogging down your daily routines. If you think you’ve experience one slow drain too many, it’s probably time for drain cleaning in Salt Lake City, UT. Call At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air today and talk to our experienced plumbers about delivering you quality drain cleaning through the best technology available. We also offer 24-hour emergency service for when bad clogs catch you unprepared.

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