A clogged drain can result in your sinks not draining and even backing up, causing numerous issues for you as a homeowner. If you’re looking for help with your Millbrae drain cleaning, the first step is to do a little research to ensure the process goes well.
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Tip 1: Identify where the clog is located
A big factor in how challenging it will be to fix the leak is where the blockage is located. Generally, speaking, a clog inside your house, such as under the sink in the laundry room, will cost less than if there’s an issue with your mainline. Kitchen and bathroom sink leaks are generally the least expensive to fix as a result. The good news is that clogs are most common right under the sink, in the so-called P-trap, that curvy section of pipe directly below the sink.
Tip 2: Get a Video Inspection
If you aren’t sure what’s clogging your drain or toilet, you can ask a professional to do a video camera inspection. This involves a plumber pushing a video camera through your sewer line or into your pipes to identify the drain problem. This method of inspection can help when the issue is in underground pipes or those that are not easily accessed.
Tip 3: Identify the best approach to fix the problem
There are two basic methods you can use to clean your clogged drains. The first is called snaking. Snaking is by far the most common way to fix a slow or completely blocked drain. The process is simple: a plumber pushes a long, coiled metal cord through the pipe. The cord can push through the p-trap and punch through any clogs that are in the pipe.
The second method is called hypo jetting. Hydro jetting is more expensive than the alternative but sometimes necessary depending on the severity or location of the leak. The plumber will essentially connect a high-pressure hose to the clogged drain and use a powerful jet of water to blow away any buildup within the pipe. The hydro jet is more powerful than the rooter, and because the plumber is essentially only using water, it’s eco-friendly and chemical-free.
You will want to consult with a professional, however, because not all pipes can handle the high pressure. Especially in older buildings with aging plumbing, the hydro jet might not be the best solution.
Tip 4: Make sure your plumber is licensed
When dealing with a clogged pipe, you want to use a trusted professional. There is a lot of liability and possible damage that can occur with any plumbing repair, so you want to ensure you’re using the best. You want to look for a plumber with years of experience, and one that has their credentials in order.
Tip 5: Ask for a free estimate
Before you begin work, make sure to get a free and detailed estimate from the plumber. We are always happy to give you a free estimate of the work we do.
If you’re ready to get your drain cleaning started or have any questions that need to be answered, feel free to reach out to us by phone or email and our friendly team of experts will be happy to help you out.