No matter where the clog is located in your drain system, Albuquerque Plumbing is trained and equipped to handle it. We offer comprehensive clog rooter services which will get your drains flowing again quickly and affordably.
Why Do I Need Clog Rooter Services?
Unfortunately, clogs are one of the inevitable problems which occur in home and business plumbing systems. Even if you take care never to flush too much products down your toilet or keep debris out of drain pipes, clogs can still occur. As pipes age, they corrode – and this corrosion attracts grime which gradually builds up. Drain clogs most commonly occur around pipe joints and connections.
Toilet, kitchen, bath, and basement drain clogs are very common in homes. While not as common, sewer main clogs are also possible. This is often due to tree roots which have invaded the sewer line through joints. When a sewer main gets clogged, it can have disastrous effects. Waste water won’t be able to exit the drainage system, meaning it will back up at the lowest or nearest drains (usually the basement or toilet drains). This results in water damage, black water contamination, foul odors, mold damage, and unsanitary conditions.
It is important to act quickly at the first sign of a drain clog. You can try DIY methods of clog removal such as plunging and pouring baking soda and vinegar down the drain. Do not attempt to use drain cleaner on severe clogs! The drain cleaner will not be able to exit the pipes. It will sit on top of the clog, where it can eat away at your pipes and even cause a chemical reaction which hardens the clog into a solid mass. A much safer way of removing drain clogs is a rooter.
What is a Drain Rooter?
A drain rooter is a type of plumber’s snake (also called drain augers). Plumber’s snakes all work on the same basic principle: they are long, thin and flexible and can be snaked inside a drain. Once inside, the plumbing snake breaks apart the clog. The bits of the clog can be pushed down the drain or pulled out.
For small clogs, a basic plumber’s snake will often do the job. For larger clogs, such as from tree roots in sewer mains, a drain rooter is needed. The main feature of a drain rooter is that it is motorized. The snake is attached to a motor, which spins the snake so a set of blades on its end can tear apart even tough, hard clogs.
Drain rooters are very powerful and should only be operated by trained specialists, otherwise they could damage your pipes or even tear right through the pipes! At Albuquerque Plumbing, our plumbers are all highly trained and have helped thousands of customers with professional clog rooter services.
Clog Rooter Service FAQs
My drains are clogged. How quickly can you come?
We are available 24/7 for plumbing emergencies. Even in non-emergency situations, we can usually come the same day you call.
What’s the difference between a rooter and a plumber’s snake?
Both devices work on the same principle: a flexible “snake” is put into the drain. At the end of the snake there is a coil or blade which breaks apart the clog. The difference is that a rooter is motorized and much more powerful.
How much do clog rooter services cost?
For small clogs, we charge by the job. For larger jobs, we charge by the hour. This includes video inspection of sewer drains to locate the clog as well as time to remove the clog with the rooter.
What causes drain clogs?
In kitchens, drain clogs are mainly caused by food debris, oil, and grease. In bath tub and shower drains, clogs are mainly caused by hair and soap scum. Toilet clogs are usually caused by hygiene products or items dropped into the toilet by accident. Basement drains commonly get clogged by dirt and grime which falls in them. Sewer drain clogs are typically caused by corrosion or tree root growth.
How can I avoid drain clogs?
Avoid putting items down the drain like grease and too much paper products. You should use drain catchers in all of your kitchen and bathroom drains. To avoid tree root growth in your sewer main, talk to your landscaper about smart planting techniques.
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