Over time, the drains in your home start to clog from daily use. Sometimes you can unclog the drain yourself, but other times you will need an Atlanta drain repair expert. Kitchen drains slow as grease, fats, detergents and other debris build up while Bathroom drains can clog with soap, grime and hair.
If you have noticed that your drains are starting to slow or are backing up on a regular basis, we can help. Since all bathroom and kitchen drains eventually lead to your home’s sewer system, it’s very important to fix a problem area before a major backup occurs.
Using video inspection, Progressive Plumbing will find the clogged area, diagnose and then solve the drain or sewer problem. As your trusted Atlanta drain repair experts, Progressive Plumbing can fix your current problem and offer drain care solutions for the future.
Drain Clogs FAQs
Although most people will choose a chemical clog remover as the first method of drain cleaning, it’s a very controversial method. Some say that these products are harmful to pipes; others say just the opposite. If there is a serious problem, chemical drain cleaners, will be of little effect. Because these products may back up into other pipes, they should be used very carefully. A backup into the washing machine or dishwasher would cause a serious problem. Most plumbers agree that chemical cleaners are rarely effective and are used too frequently by consumers.
Rather than using one of the chemical cleaners, plunging the shower drain might solve the problem.
A foul odor coming from the shower floor indicates a clog.
Often the odor may be the result of bacteria growing underneath the metal plate that covers the shower drain. This is called bio-film and can be washed away.
Remove the drain strainer. With the cover off, you should be able to see into the drainpipe.
Cleaning can be accomplished by using soap and water and a long brush. If you thoroughly clean out the drainpipe and continue to smell the foul odor, don’t use a chemical drain cleaner, as they are ineffective in treating the problem. Liquid drain cleaners usually don’t make it past the clog and just matters worse.
If you can’t resolve the problem by cleaning the drainpipe, a call to a professional plumber will be necessary. View our Clog Tips section for more advice.
Hydro Jetting of sewer lines is the modern way to deal with age-old clog problems. Unclogging a sewer main line between the house and the street used to mean snaking with a mechanical rooter that might damage delicate, aging pipes.
Hydro jetting uses extremely high-pressure water to clear blockages. Threaded deep into the sewer pipe at the end of a thin, flexible water line, the jet nozzles contains tiny jets that dispense water at tremendous pressures, essentially cutting the blockage with knife-like blades of water. This powerful water force not only reduces blockages including tree roots to a semi-solid slurry that flows freely down the pipe; it also scours internal pipe surfaces to remove sludge build-up that initiates clogging – all without the trauma inflicted to pipes by mechanical snakes and rotating blades.
After the line has been cleared, a video camera is sent down the sewer line to inspect the over-all condition of the pipes.
Advantages of Hydro-Jetting Sewer Lines
Cleaning, not just unclogging. Accumulations of grease, soap and other components of sludge inside the pipe are often the cause of recurrent sewer clogs. Unfortunately, a rotating snake does little other than punch a hole in the clog to restore flow. It doesn’t address the ongoing issues of sludge that are likely to result in a recurrence very soon. Hydro jetting cleans the internal pipe for a more long-lasting resolution.
More economical. A single pipe cleaning with a hydro jetting system can delay the need for another service call to clear blockages or tree roots up to four times longer than a typical procedure with a mechanical snake. This reduces sewer service expenses over the long term.
How to recognize symptoms of a clogged sewer line?
Whenever you notice sewage accumulating in the bathtub, shower or toilet bowl of the bathroom located in the lowest section of the house, it is usually a clear indication that the main sewer line between the house and the street is clogged.
Sewage can back up into the lowest located bathroom even when the bathroom is not being used. Backup into the lowest bathroom usually occurs when water at a higher elevation of the house is being drained, usually when someone is taking a shower or when the washing machine or dishwasher is draining.
Tips about Clogged Drains you should do
- Do not use liquid cleaning supplies meant to clear clogs. These cleaners can damage pipes. Rather, try using a plumbing snake or plunger.
- Utilize strainers to catch hair in showers and tubs.
Never put fat, grease, or cooking oils down the drain. These fats solidify in cold pipes and cause clogs. To dispose, put it in a container and leave it on your counter until it solidifies. Then dispose of it in a compost bin for garbage collection.