A clogged drain can bring life in your household to a stop. You are also concerned about the potential for an overflow of dirty water and sewage if the blockage is not removed quickly. But past experience and a little reading promptly remind you that chemical drain cleaners are not a safe or practical solution. Instead, you are far better off calling in the pros for a professional drain cleaning. But if you have never used this service before, you could be a little concerned about what to expect and what you need to do to prepare for this plumbing appointment.
Getting Ready For Professional Drain Cleaning
There is not a lot for you to do before your plumber arrives. But our crew will need a path to the access point. Our equipment will require a three-foot-wide approach to ensure that we are not damaging your walls or belongings. And we ask that you remove any personal items from the immediate workspace.
If we are clearing a clog at a bathroom sink, please remove objects on the sink or counter nearby. We also ask that you remove items stored under the sink. This allows our pros to have full access to the drain lines without the risk of damaging or spilling anything. Please also have towels, small rugs, and any other linens removed from the area to prevent damage.
When We Arrive
When our licensed plumber arrives at your home for drain cleaning service, the first step is to gather some information from you. But before entering your home, we always put on shoe coverings to protect your flooring. Our questions are needed to gather some basic information about your home’s plumbing history and any issues you have had in the past. Knowing about reoccurring issues helps us determine the best solution and plan of attack for the current clog.
After our brief conversation, our pros will investigate the clog and test other fixtures and drains to determine the clog’s potential location and where to place our equipment. Once we are sure where the equipment will be placed, we place drop cloths to protect your flooring. Then we begin the cleaning process.
After running the cleaning equipment on your home’s drain lines, it is time to test our work. In most cases, it is very quickly apparent when a clog has been removed. The water will flow quickly down the drain with no gurgling or other odd sounds. However, not all clogs are in the drain lines inside your home. When the clog is located in the sewer line, we will need to do more work.
A Camera Inspection
The best way to know what we are dealing with in a sewer line is a camera inspection. A tiny waterproof camera is deployed into the sewer line to reveal any blockages or damage to the pipe. If the only problem is a clog, our team relocates to the sewer line to blast away that clog and clean the inside of your home’s sewer pipe.
However, if the camera inspection reveals damage to the sewer pipe, we will recommend the most cost-effective solution to repair the damage. In some cases, we can use trenchless sewer line repair techniques to avoid extensive digging and damage to your yard.
On average, you can estimate our entire drain cleaning process to take an hour or two, barring any severe damage to your drain or sewer lines. To learn more or set up an appointment with the drain cleaning pros at All-Out Plumbing & Mechanical, call (505) 308-2776.