There are likely dozens of drains in your home including shower, kitchen, toilet, sink, basement, and laundry drains. These drains connect to a network of drainage pipes which go to your sewer main and finally to a septic system or the city’s sewer system. Most people don’t think about this complex drainage system going throughout their home. But, when something goes wrong with drains, it can completely disrupt your life and cause unpleasant problems like odors and backups. To keep your drainage system functioning, you need to keep your drains cleaned.
Tampa Plumbing Company offers complete drain cleaning services, including:
• Clog removal
• Hydro jetting
• Drain snaking
• Rooter services
• Emergency drain cleaning
If you are having a drain emergency, call us anytime at 813-402-8912. For less urgent drain problems, contact us to schedule an appointment with a licensed plumber.
Understanding Drain Problems
Your drainage system is set up much like the branches of a tree. The drains you use, like your sink and bath drains, are the small branches which connect to larger branches which in turn connect to a main “trunk” that funnels waste out of your home.
Drainage systems are very good at doing their job, but they are not perfect. The first issue is that drains can easily become clogged if care is not taken, such as if you use your toilet as a garbage can or pour cooking oil down a kitchen drain. Each drain has its own “trap,” a curve in the exit pipe. The drain trap always holds some water. This water acts as a seal so fumes from the sewer don’t come into your home. Unfortunately, debris can easily get lodged in the drain’s trap, causing an obstruction. Debris may also work itself down the drainage system and coat the pipes. Even if you are very careful about keeping debris out of your drains, clogs can still occur. The water in Tampa contains chemicals like chlorine and hard minerals. These gradually wear away the coating of older drain pipes, leading to corrosion. The corrosion can build up into blockages which affect your entire drain system.
Toilet clogs are usually the result of too much paper product getting thrown into the bowl, or if something accidentally fell into the toilet. Toilet clogs are usually cleared with an auger which is put into the toilet so it can break up the clog or pull it out.
Bath clogs are usually caused by a combination of hair and soap scum which settles in the drain trap. These clogs are typically removed with an auger.
Kitchen clogs are usually caused by too much oil and food bits which were rinsed down the drain. Food bits can easily be cleared with an auger. Oil-based drain clogs are a bit more problematic as the oil will coat the walls of the drainage pipes throughout. It may be necessary to flush out the drain pipes using hydro jetting.
If waste water is backing up out of your drains, then the cause is probably more than just a clog of debris stuck in the drain trap. It is likely that your drains are heavily coated throughout, or that an obstruction has occurred in one of the main exit branches of the drainage system. Video inspection allows our plumbers to locate exactly where the obstruction is and solve the problem using methods like a sewer rooter or hydro jetting.
Steps to Drain Cleaning Services
Diagnosis is the most important step to all plumbing problems. If not accurately diagnosed, you end up spending much more than necessary due to unnecessary repairs and wasted time. Tampa Plumbing Company ensures that all drain problems are quickly and accurately diagnosed by using professional methods like drain video inspection. You never pay for repairs which are not necessary.
2) Clog Removal
If inspection shows that there is a wad of debris clogging the drain, our plumbers can use various tools and techniques to remove it. An auger, such as a plumber’s snake or closet auger, can be put into the drain. The coils on the auger will catch the debris so it can be pulled out or torn apart and flushed down the drainage pipes.
3) Hydro Jetting
If inspection shows that your drains are badly coated with debris throughout, then hydro jetting is used to clean them. A hose-like device is put into the drain pipes. The hose has a nozzle on its end which blasts water at very high pressures. The water will dislodge debris like grease, hair, food particles, and paper products. Your drains are left as clean as new drain pipes.
4) Additional Repairs
Sometimes drain clogs are just clogs. In other cases, a clog is a sign of a bigger problem. For example, clogs are more common in old pipes which have begun to corrode. Corrosion is a big problem and, if not treated, can lead to leaks and severe water damage. Should inspection show that your drain pipes are damaged or corroded, our licensed Tampa plumbers will explain which repairs are advisable, such as spot-fixing with epoxy or pipe replacement with PEX tubing.
You Can Trust Us to Get Your Drains Cleaned
We know how frustrating it is to have recurring drain problems. When you choose Tampa Plumbing Company, you can rest assured that the entire problem will be addressed in a quick yet comprehensive manner. We don’t leave until the entire problem is taken care of and we take the time to advise you on steps you can take to prevent future drainage problems. Our commitment to customer service and expert workmanship is why we have become a leading plumber in Florida and are recommended to family and friends.
Contact us today to learn more about our drain cleaning services. For drain emergencies, we are available 24/7. Just call 813-402-8912 to speak to an expert plumbing agent.
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