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Clogged Drains in Los Angeles

A clogged drain is not only an inconvenience, but it can also cause permanent damage to the pipes in your home. Products like Draino often just put a Band-Aid on a greater problem and can cause damage and corrosion to your pipes. It is always best to have a licensed professional plumber come to your home to pinpoint what is wrong and give you options for fixing the problem. If you catch the problem in time, you may actually end up saving a lot of money.

Things That Cause Clogged Drains

Clogs in the kitchen are generally caused by food and grease. Clogs in the bathroom tend to come from hair and soap build up and washing machine drains can get clogged with soap, coins, and other small items. Sometimes pipes become backed up with dirt from a septic tank system. The root of the problem is not always immediately apparent. A trained professional can determine what has caused the problem and the most logical plan of action.

How to Know When Your Drain is Clogged

If there is water sitting in your sink and you have to use a plunger to get it to drain, then you obviously have a clogged sink, but there are other signs that the drain is slowly being clogged. If you smell a strange odor coming from the sink, if the drains are generally slow or if you experience repeated clogs, you may have a blockage deep in your pipes. This may also be true if you hear a gurgling sound coming from the drain or if the water is slowly pooling around the drain.

Techniques We Use to Unclog Drains

There are several different ways that a professional plumber will go about unclogging your drain after they scope out the problem. The equipment we use will depend on the type of drain you have and the type of clog that drain is experiencing.

Camera Inspection

Modern technology has greatly improved the plumbing industry and LeadingEdge Plumbing has all the latest equipment with which to inspect your drain. Our plumbing cameras can tell us exactly where the problem is, so we can get everything running smoothly.

Plumbing cameras are tiny but have a high resolution and they are attached to a flexible rod or snake. The plumber can manipulate the camera by turning the rod slightly. A plumbing camera can pick up the drain’s depth, the direction the fluid in the drain is flowing and the material from which the pipes are made.

A plumber can find small cracks and inside pipes that cannot be seen with the naked eye. It can also determine the deterioration of pipes or any misalignment in the structure of the pipes.

You should not only have a plumber inspect your pipes if you have a clog, but you should also have a plumber inspect the pipes before you buy or sell a home.

Once a plumber has identified the problem, they can go about the business of removing the clog, adjusting the alignment of the pipes or replacing them.

Cable Machines

There are two types of machines that plumbers use. One is a sectional drain cleaning system and the other is a drum machine. A sectional system utilizes sections of cable that can be anywhere from 7 feet to 15 feet in length. These cables are coupled and then fed down a clogged pipe. The cables clean the pipe as they spin. These sectional cables are easier to replace if they break and they are more flexible and work at a higher rate of speed than a drum machine. Sectional machines have a clutch that is hand operated which makes a set of jaws clamp onto a cable when engaged, creating rotation. When the clutch is released the rotation stops instantly.

Drum machines feature a single long cable that is contained in one drum. They can be transported in one trip and are faster to set up. It inserts into the drain very quickly and it can also be withdrawn quickly. Our plumber will decide which type of cable is best for your job and then, they will determine the best method of cleaning your pipes.

Hydro jetting

Hydro jetting is a process which uses a flow of high-pressure water to cleanse the inside of the pipes. This kind of cleansing can remove grease and build-up and any other kinds of debris that are in the pipes. It is faster and more efficient than traditional rodding, in which a tool is used to power a hole through any kind of build-up inside the pipe.

Picote Maxi-Miller Sanding Tool

Whenever we have a particularly difficult job, such as a pipe that needs major descaling, we use the Picote Maxi Miller drain cleaning system, which comes with custom accessories. This state-of-the-art system can be used for cleaning, cutting and grinding. A sanding tool can help clean your pipes and it can also help a plumber to custom fit pipes together.

How to Avoid Clogged Drains

Clean Sink

Once we have unclogged your drain, there are a few things you can do to make sure it doesn’t get clogged again. Do not pour cooking oil down the drain. You can pour it into a container such as a coffee can and then throw it away in a garbage can. Coffee grounds can clog the sink, but they make an excellent mulch. Be sure to use a drain grate fitted to your drain and clean it on a regular basis. Be sure to clean your drain by running hot water through it every time you use it. You can also pour baking soda or vinegar and hot water down the drain once a month which will clean it and make it smell better.

Why You Should Hire Us

Our plumbers are trained and licensed professionals with years of experience in cleaning every kind of drain.  A slow drain shouldn’t slow down your day, and we will work hard to get your drains clean and running smoothly.

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