Drain issues are found throughout the home, preventative maintenance on your sewer line can prevent further issue with bathroom, floor drains and roof vents. Saint James Drains clog often because of the likelihood of debris washing down them, along with the simple fact that they are the drains households use the most.
Don’t wait for a problem drain to become an emergency — we can help you unclog your drain today.
Each of our technicians is equipped with an array of commercial grade electric snake machines. These machines use a metal cable to enter the line and break through the clog, scraping the pipe clean. The motor spins the cable as it pushes forward, allowing it to build torque which helps break through tough clogs. For your drain, the technician who arrives at your house will likely use a medium sized machine specifically suited to a drain drain, which uses a small enough cable to flex through tight plumbing on a drain line, but large enough to maintain the torque to break through tough drain clogs. If snaking the line uncovers any problems, we may perform a video inspection to get a closer look inside your drain.
Do not pour food grease down the floor drain. Allow it to cool and then dispose in the trash. Let your water and garbage disposal run for an additional 45 seconds after it grinds up your food to ensure the food has made it out of your drain line.
While the causes for a sewer clog may differ from a drain clog, the methods for cleaning are the same. Each of our technicians is equipped with an array of commercial grade electric snake machines. These machines use a metal cable to enter the line and break through the clog, scraping the pipe clean. The motor spins the cable as it pushes forward, allowing it to build torque which helps break through tough clogs. Because sewer drains aren’t as likely to be obstructed by foreign objects and tougher-to-clear substances like grease, they don’t typically require as much torque to clear. Therefore, a technician servicing a clogged sewer in your home will likely use a smaller machine specifically designed for a sewer drain, so as to navigate the lines without causing damage.
Tips for preventing sewer clogs when possible to catch hair before it enters the drain line.
Clogged floor drains, often in your basement, are usually the first sign of a sewer line clog. They tend to be the lowest drain in your house, so sewage can back up out of the floor drains and spill onto your basement floor. If a floor drain clog happens in your home, it can cause quite a mess. You will likely have to pay to replace carpet or rugs, furniture or other items you have stored in the area.
Dirt and sediment from your basement floor, as well as your water softener, can build up inside your floor drain and cause a clog. Another common cause of floor drain backups is a main sewer line disruption, which is often due to tree roots that can work their way inside your drain pipe. Because floor drains are often the lowest drain in your house, sewage backs up out of the floor drains and spills onto your basement floor. Having your Sewer Drains cleaned regularly may help prevent this before it happens.
With the use of electric power snakes to not only clear your blockage, but to scrape all build up and debris from the inside of your pipe. Our technicians carry an array of snake machines to ensure that they can clear your drain properly the first time. If you have a particularly tough clog, we also offer water jetting to clean and flush the line more thoroughly and video inspection to see where the clog is and gain more insight into what it might be.
Often, enough dirt and sediment can build up over the course of a year to clog a floor drain. We recommend scheduling regular preventive maintenance if you live in an older home or your home is surrounded by trees.
The main sewer line is the section of your sewer system that goes from your house out to the city sewer or a septic tank. If your main sewer line clogs, you will not be able to use any of the drains in your home. At Long Island Sewer & Drain Cleaning, we understand that a clogged main sewer line is an emergency situation for your family.
While still at risk to the typical culprits that may cause clogs in other drains in your home, main sewer line clogs are most often caused by tree roots. Roots can enter your sewer line over time and can cause backups. If you live near many trees, we recommend calling us for a video inspection every 1-5 years.
Most of the time, using a “snake” machine is enough to get a good condition sewer line up and running again. This method involves using a commercial grade electric snake machine, which employs a metal cable to enter the line and break through the clog, scraping the pipe clean. The motor spins the cable as it pushes forward, allowing it to build torque which helps break through tough clogs. However, in the case of a main sewer line, your technician will likely employ the largest of his machines, specifically designed to handle such a large line. These larger machines also have a variety of different blade attachments to help cut through roots and other difficult obstructions.
If snaking the line uncovers any problems, we may use video inspection to take a closer look. This involves inserting a camera in the sewer line and recording everything we see. Once our video inspection camera has reached the blockage or damage in your line, we’re able to pinpoint its exact location in the ground and depth. That way, if we have to dig, we’ll know right where to start. In the rare event that there is a larger problem in your sewer line, like a break, or roots that have become far too invasive, you don’t have to go far for a solution. We can excavate and repair or replace the line for you. We may also suggest a discounted preventive maintenance program to keep the line running after it is fixed. Maintenance can prevent problems for your Main Sewer Line Even though your main sewer line connects to a city system, you are responsible for maintaining it—including any needed repairs. We often advise homeowners to setup preventive maintenance plans for their main sewer lines to help prevent backups.
For some of life’s toughest clogs, a drain snake might not be enough. If your clog is really stubborn, or a complete clean and flush of your line is something you’re considering, our Water Jetting services might be the answer to your problems.
High pressure Sewer jetting is a tool we use to clear sewer and drain lines. A water jet truck uses 4,000 pounds of water pressure to create a powerful cone of spray which flushes roots, paper and other debris out of your line, and then scrapes the side of your pipe clean.
A water jet is not needed for all lines, but is the most effective method for removing roots, sludge, grease and pipe scale that can build up on the inside of a drain pipe.