Drain Cleaning

One of the most important parts of your home is the internal drainage system is one of the most important parts of your home. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to flush your toilet, use your sink, or even take a shower.

Minor problems with your drain pipes can often be fixed fairly easily. But if these problems are left untreated, you might soon find your living room flooded or a swamp in your backyard.

If you notice that a bathroom appliance is draining more slowly on the second or third story, then follow the sewage pipe to the lower level, and find out what else is using that pipe to isolate where the clog could be located. Then attempt to drain all appliances on that line with a plunger or snake.

Locating cracks and bellies, however, is much more difficult, especially if the pipe is hidden within a wall, beneath a vanity, or even within the ground. To detect these problems before they lead to real damage, make sure to have your drains inspected at least once a year.

Clogged Drains – Toilets, Tubs and Showers

Toilets, tubs, and showers are three of the most sources of clogs. Often times toilets clog when too much waste or paper is placed in the bowl before flushing, but these clogs are usually minor and can be cleared with a toilet plunger or snake.

However, toilets can become more severely clogged when things that shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet are flushed down the toilet. These foreign items become jammed in the pipes and require a professional plumber to disassemble the pipes, remove the item, clear the clog, and reassemble the pipes.

On the other hand, bathtubs and showers typically clog when hair or excessive dirt piles up in the drains over time. Fortunately, these clogs can be detected early.

Signs of a developing clog include slowed water drainage, minor flooding in the shower, and rotten odors rising from the drains. Similar to minor clogs in the toilet, these clogs can often be removed with a plunger, snake, or drain rod.

Drain Camera Inspections and Televising

To detect clogs before they become a problem, yearly drain camera inspections should be performed. A drain camera inspection uses specialized cameras that snake down into your drains and record everything inside. These live videos are then televised so clogs and even cracks can be visibly spotted and isolated before they become a real problem.

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Locating Clogs, Breaks & Bellies in Existing Lines

While drain camera inspections are the best way to detect a problem in your pipes, there are other methods of locating a clog. For example, if you notice that water is draining more slowly or flooding in your toilet or tub, it’s likely you have a clogged drain.

This clog may be near the appliance or buried deeper in the line, especially in multi-story buildings. Here, a clog in a lower-level pipe can cause appliances on the upper levels to clog as well.

If you notice that a bathroom appliance is draining more slowly on the second or third story, then follow the sewage pipe to the lower level, and find out what else is using that pipe to isolate where the clog could be located. Then attempt to drain all appliances on that line with a plunger or snake.

Locating cracks and bellies, however, is much more difficult, especially if the pipe is hidden within a wall, beneath a vanity, or even within the ground. To detect these problems before they lead to real damage, make sure to have your drains inspected at least once a year.

Hydro-Evacuation (or Vacuum Excavation)

After performing a drain camera inspection for the first time, you may be shocked by the results. A few minor clogs and maybe a crack or two may be the worst of it, but you may find a bellied pipe within the main sewer line underneath your home.

Fortunately, you detected the problem early enough to do something about it. If the problem is within the sewer lines beneath your home, this means excavating beneath the ground to gain access to pipes. But don’t worry, the plumbers at Cooper’s Water probably won’t need into your floorboards.

Instead, hydro-excavation is more likely to be used. During hydro-excavation, also called vacuum excavation, large streams of highly pressurized water push soil away from sewer lines, which is then sucked away using a massive vacuum and stored in a vacuum excavator truck where it can be kept until the pipes are repaired or replaced.

Drain Jetting (or High-Pressure Water Jetting)

When a drain camera inspection detects a clog that can’t be removed with plungers, snakes, or drain rods, drain jetting may be able to solve the problem without hydro-excavation. Drain jetting uses specialized hoses to snake down deep into the pipes where they inject highly pressurized water to break apart any clogs and thoroughly clean out the drain lines.

There are drain jetting kits available for sale online and at various hardware stores. However, these products don’t always solve the problems. Many just aren’t capable of building up the pressure needed to remove severe clogs.

In fact, sometimes they can make things worse. If you’re not careful, you might accidentally blast a hole through the pipe and cause even more damage. It’s always best to trust the experts at Cooper’s Water when the going gets tough. They have the skills, experience, and tools needed to get the job done the right way.

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