San Jose Drain Cleaning
Residential plumbing systems can sustain considerable wear within just one year. Unfortunately, most of this wear occurs at drains due to a buildup of organic matter like soap scum, hair, grease, body oils, and more.
These buildings limit the space that wastewater and solid waste have to move through. Worse still, they create the potential for far more problematic blockages. For instance, when solid materials get snagged or trapped by accumulated waste, wastewater can’t move at all.
Several building and household-specific factors can lead to rapid buildups of drain waste.
- Cooking with large amounts of grease, oils, or rendered fats
- Excessively hard water
- Ill-fitting drain catches or missing drain covers
- Improper drain use
Sending “flushable” wipes, paper towels, or sanitary pads down your commodes can lead to immediate blockages. These large and slow-degrading items are often snagged on rough sediment buildups and tacky, sticky accumulations at pipe interiors.
The drain cleaning San Jose companies offer can suit the condition and needs of each plumbing system. Our team checks the age and integrity of pipes, the nature and amount of buildups, and the health of outside sewer lines before deciding which technique to apply.
Hydro-jetting sends forceful jets of water to scour tough materials off and flush them through and out of plumbing systems. Hydro-jetting works well in otherwise healthy pipes but may cause structural damage or changes in the integrity of piping that’s nearing the end of its lifespan.
Hydro-steaming is an alternative to hydro-jetting that uses hot steam instead of forceful water jets. This steam breaks down soap scum, grease, and other soft, tacky accumulations. As steam condenses, the resulting hot water moves newly freed debris through residential plumbing and toward the sewer main.
Mechanical agitation or mechanical drain cleaning is typically only used to resolve minor, single-drain issues. For instance, our plumbers might use a drain auger or drain snake to extract thick accumulations of hair at a slow-moving or non-moving shower drain. However, mechanical agitation isn’t a suitable method for whole-house drain cleaning. Moreover, to avoid accidentally forcing solid, unseen obstructions deeper into plumbing systems, it’s always best to leave this technique to the professionals.