What’s Wrong with the Drain Cleaning Products in Stores?

Friday, March 27th, 2015

A big drain clog can be quite frustrating. If your drains are slowed or stopped, you can no longer carry through with your basic daily routine. Standing in a shower with a pool of dirty water at your feet is never ideal, nor is leaving a sink full of dirty dishwater. Drain cleaning repair often seems urgent, and many homeowners resort to purchasing home drain cleaners at hardware shops and grocery shops over calling a professional. But we’re here to tell you: when the standard plunger does not do the job, it’s time to call in a drain cleaning specialist in Clifton Park, NY.

The biggest danger of such drain cleaning products is the threat to your health and your family members. According to some experts, drain cleaning solutions are some of the most toxic chemicals commonly available to the average consumer. These chemicals can irritate the skin and injure eyes. And if there are small children around, beware: if swallowed or inhaled, you’ll have to make a trip to the emergency room.

In general, drain cleaning chemicals can only reach clogs near the drain opening, and they can only dissolve a few common sources of blockage. Many drain cleaners can dissolve common drain blockages such as hair and grease, but not the larger solid clogs that cause the most trouble for your drains. The most troublesome clogs are located far from the drain opening, deep in the sewer line where they can affect all of your drains at once and lead to some very unpleasant sewage backups.

Furthermore, these chemicals can do some serious damage to the drainpipe itself. The safest tools for drain cleaning include a rooter, to target a particular clog, or hydro jetting. Hydro jetting involves using a thin hose with a nozzle that sprays water under high pressure. This nozzle emits water at 360 degrees, blasting away grease and buildup so that it no longer poses a threat to the integrity of your drains. This both clears out existing clogs and prevents clogs from forming later on.

For thorough drain cleaning service in Clifton Park, NY using professional tools and the most up-to-date methods, call for one of the drain specialists at Rooter Man.

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Can You Benefit from Hydro Jetting?

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Nobody really likes to think about how much goes down the drain on a daily basis. But no matter how many people are in your home, the drains can clog quickly. The average homeowner feels comfortable putting a lot of waste down the drain, thanks in large part to the advent of the garbage disposal. However, even if you use your garbage disposal properly, you may still have food particles, sludge, and other debris stuck to the lining of your pipes, which could leave you vulnerable to clogs later on.

Whether you want to get rid of a major clog now or prevent drain clogs from happening later on, Rooter Man’s hydro jetting service can help. Call on the services of our skilled plumbers to clear out your drains in Saratoga Springs today, and read on to find out how this technology works.

Hydro jetting involves feeding a thin hose into the drains. This hose connects to the water supply, and its design makes it capable of jetting out water at an extremely high pressure. This pressure is powerful enough to lift any stuck-on “sludge” away from the lining of the pipes, and blast it straight toward the sewer or septic tank. Many plumbers will also check the pipes with a video camera to make sure that the pipes are completely clear.

So can you benefit from hydro jetting in your drains? Yes! If it’s been more than a year since your plumber has cleaned the drains, you may have a lot of grease and debris stuck in the drainpipe which you have no way of knowing about. As this builds up, more and more debris catches on until the clog becomes very large. As it continues to accumulate far along in your sewer line, sewage can actually back up into the sinks and tubs in your home.

If you have a big clog, drain cleaning with hydro jetting is best when used along with a drain snake. A plumber will inspect the pipe with a fiber optic camera in order to find the exact location of the clog. After loosening or removing the blockage, hydro jetting is a good option to make sure that clogs don’t reappear any time soon.

Call the friendly people at Rooter Man for hydro jetting services in Saratoga Springs. We perform this service to remove tough blockage or as a preventive measure to avoid drainage issues.

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When Is the Time for Sewer Cleaning in Glen Falls, NY?

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Nobody really wants to think about what happens to the waste that moves down the drains of their homes or businesses. Once you use the garbage disposal, take a shower, or flush the toilet, you certainly don’t consider that your drains may not do an adequate job of bringing this wastewater to the sewer system. Unfortunately, as you may well know, drains can become clogged as grease, soap scum, and other debris build up over time. And when the clog forms in your main sewer line, the problem needs immediate attention.

Clear out your sewer line or take preventive action against clogs by calling the professional plumbers at Rooter Man for regular sewer cleaning service.

All of the drainpipes in your home or business lead down to a main sewer line. You are responsible for the sewer line on your property, so it’s important to do all you can to take care of it. If sewage were to back up onto your property, this would be costly, messy, and aggravating. Of course, this would be one situation in which sewer cleaning is necessary.

But you should also schedule sewer cleaning if you want to protect your home plumbing system from major clogs and the potential for raw sewage to seep through the drains. Scheduling drain and sewer cleaning before a major clog is the best way to make sure your pipes are protected. The highest quality drain professionals use high-powered hydro jetting, which involves a thin hose that blasts water at a high pressure into the pipes, so that any stuck-on sludge gets blasted away.

A quality plumber will begin any sewer or drain cleaning job by thoroughly inspecting the pipes. In some cases, this means employing the use of highly accurate video inspection equipment. A plumber feeds a fiber optic cable into the drain line and views a video feed, which can help to locate major clogs and even leaks. It takes a qualified plumber, however, to really recognize what is displayed.

The professional technicians at Rooter Man use video inspection equipment as well as hydro jets for sewer cleaning in Glen Falls, NY. Give our team of expert plumbers a call today.

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The Tools Used for Professional Drain Cleaning

Friday, March 6th, 2015

In stores, you’ve likely seen drain cleaning chemicals whose labels promise to deliver results, removing clogs and restoring slow drains to their rightful state. But plumbers never trust these types of cleaners for a professional drain cleaning service. Taking care of a stopped or slow-moving drain can seem urgent, especially when you can’t make use of your shower or your kitchen and bathroom sinks, so you may rush out to find a solution at your local grocery or hardware store. However, these drain cleaners can be ineffective and even dangerous. Most cannot dissolve common sources of clogging, and they are toxic to the skin and eyes.

Instead, professionals use high quality plumbing tools, some of which are described below. When you need professional drain cleaning service to take preventive action against clogs or to rid your drains of persistent blockage, call the experts at Rooter Man.

  • Drain Snakes – If you have a tough clog in your pipes, you need tough equipment to get it out. Some of the most effective equipment for removing blockage of all kinds is a drain snake. Drain snakes, also known as drain augers, come in many different shapes and sizes, and they may be motorized or hand-cranked. A long wire with a coiled end is snaked through the pipe to catch onto blockage and pull it back through the drain. Or, the end may come to a point so it can break up debris which can then move down the drains with ease.
  • Hydro Jetting – Hydro jetting involves the use of a long hose which can move through your plumbing system and blast away much of the “sludge” and debris that often clings to the lining of the drainpipe. This blasts water at a very high pressure, and it can help to prevent blockage from reoccurring.
  • Inspection Equipment – It would be irresponsible for your technician to leave your home before ensuring that the drains were clean and clear. Before and after drain cleaning, your technician will check your drainpipes using video or audio detecting equipment.

You can use professional drain cleaning service for preventive measures or if you’d like to target a particular clog.

Contact us today for quality drain cleaning service in Albany NY. Rooter Man’s technicians carry all of the tools for inspection, cleaning, and clog prevention.

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