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Few of life’s day-to-day surprises are as frustrating or inconvenient as a slow or clogged drain
Those stubborn odors and clogs in your drains can quickly turn into a real annoyance. Organic residue and other contaminants can lead to clogs. Next time you’re the victim of a draining incident, don’t use your fixture and call us.
Let’s look at these drains, how they clog and how All Star Plumbing Napa can rid you of those problems.
What types of drains are there and what causes problems with them?
Drains come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Below are a few of them and what causes problems, and what can be done about them by a trained plumbing technician.
Kitchen and Bathrooms: Shower, Bathtub and Sink Drains
You have a lot of different types of drains in your kitchen and bath areas.
- Kitchen drains tend to run slower and slower over time as soaps, detergents, fats, and grease build up inside pipes, eventually causing a clog.
- Bathroom plumbing can become clogged with hair, toothpaste, grime, and soap. Bathtubs and sinks stop draining, and water refuses to drain from the shower floor.
Properly functioning drains will move water away almost instantaneously. As a plumber, our job includes using drain cleaning machines designed specifically for each type of drain to penetrate and clear out the clog to get your drains flowing freely again.
We’ve seen everything clogging toilets from clothes and toys to snakes and food. Usually, though, toilet drains become clogged with toilet paper or other objects that should not be flushed.
Our trained technicians solve this problem with a machine that feeds a spinning cable into the toilet drain and cuts through the obstruction while cleaning the pipe in the process to restore proper drainage and flushing power.
Laundry rooms, patios, driveways, and some older bathrooms often have floor drains. Since these drains are not typically used often, water in the trap will evaporate over time, causing odors and residue from dirt and other debris.
A clog in your plumbing typically affects a single tub, shower, sink, or toilet, but if you have more than one backing up, you may need to clean out the main drain line or septic tank. It can become clogged when debris from the household drains gets trapped in the pipe. Tree roots drawn to water can also penetrate damaged or misaligned pipe joints, preventing waste from properly washing through the line. Check out our sewer line repair or replacement page for more information.
Tools of the Trade
All Star Plumbing’s team of skilled technicians use modern equipment to diagnose and quickly clear your drain to get it flowing again.
The “plumber’s snake” is a flexible auger of coiled metal wire. The plumber’s snake functions with a crank and rotates as it moves through the drain or sewer to break apart the clog. Depending on the clog, a hand auger, closet auger, drum auger, or electric auger can be used.
High-Pressure Water Jetting is another effective, safe technique we use to clear drain and sewer pipes. Blast those pipes with high-pressure water through a specialized, flexible hose to clear away drain blockages. This technique is effective, economical, and environmentally friendly.
Bio-Clean is an enzyme treatment used for keeping greasy drain lines open and clear. It contains a unique combination of natural bacteria and enzymes that “digest” organic waste found in your plumbing systems. Material like grease, hair, soap scum, food particles, paper, feces, and cotton become food for our hungry bacteria. Bio-Clean will not affect inorganic materials such as plastic pipes or produce heat, fumes, or boiling like chemical drain cleaners.