When you think of drain cleaning, what comes to mind? Pouring chemicals down your sink? While that’s certainly one way to clean a drain (we don’t recommend it!), that’s not what professional-caliber cleaning involves — far from it. So what does it actually entail? Below, our team at Drain Blaster Bill’s Sewer & Drain Cleaning outlines the process.


Camera Drain Inspection: How We Locate & Diagnose Drain Blockages

If you’ve got a drain clog, how can you possibly remedy the problem without knowing where it is? Or what it is? Certainly, you can approach the issue blindly, that probably won’t get you far. Why not?


Because different drains have different potential issues. Certain drains — your mainline sewer drain, for example — can develop severe blockages as a result of tree root intrusions. These types of blockages must be dealt with differently than less severe clogs, and when they’re dealt with incorrectly, the problem rarely gets solved. After all, when you can’t see what you’re dealing with, how can you determine how to approach the situation?


That’s why camera drain inspections are so important. During a camera inspection, a technician inserts a high-definition camera into your affected drain. This camera is attached to the end of a long, sturdy cable that the technician carefully directs through the length of the pipe. Upon locating the blockage, the technician can assess the severity of the problem, determine what the blockage is made of, and decide how best to approach the situation.


If it’s a simple clog, snaking the drain using a plumber’s snake is typically sufficient to dislodge the debris. If the clog is more severe, water jetting is usually the best course of action.


Water Jetting: How We Flush Out Drain Debris

For significant drain clogs, that may not respond to other forms of cleaning, water jetting is typically our go-to method of removal. If your drains require the procedure, a technician will insert a hose with a specialized high-pressure nozzle into the affected drain. This hose propels a pressurized jet of water into the drain, which effectively propels it along its path through the pipe.


As the nozzle encounters debris, whether it’s thick sludge, hairballs, calcification, soap scum, or undissolved food matter, the pressurized stream of water breaks it apart and washes it out of the pipe. In some cases, we may combine abrasive materials with the water to cut through more solid matter, such as metal, stone, and larger tree roots.


With water jetting, there’s minimal risk of plumbing damage since the procedure doesn’t use corrosive chemicals. Plus, the procedure requires minimal time since the equipment we utilize is so efficient at cutting through impacted debris. If your drains experience chronic clogs, a single water jetting procedure can yield favorable results for up to a year, depending on how you care for your drains. To help keep your drains free of buildup, routine maintenance cleanings are also recommended. 


Regular Drain Cleaning

One of the most effective ways to optimize the health of your plumbing system is to implement routine drain cleaning and maintenance on a yearly basis. By scheduling annual inspections and flushing debris from the entire system once per year, you minimize your chances of experiencing:


●        Clogged toilets. Sanitary products, excessive toilet paper, and “flushable” wipes can easily clog the average household toilet. Over time, these items build up within your pipes, often leading to severe toilet blockages and backup-up plumbing.


●        Drain blockages. Shower drains, bathroom sink drains, and kitchen drains are notorious for developing blockages comprised of hair, soap scum, and food particles. As these items build within your pipes, they can slow or completely stop normal water flow through the drain.


●        System backups. When too much debris collects in your mainline, it can cause a complete system backup. In such cases, you may notice sewer smells wafting up through your drains or overflow bubbling up through your shower, bathtub, or floor drains.


●        Leaky pipes. When minerals build up on the interior walls of your pipes, they slowly calcify. Over time, this calcification can corrode portions of your plumbing system, causing minor leaks to form. This issue is especially prevalent near pipe joints and connections. Too, severe backups in the system can create intense water pressure that, over time, can burst through weaker pipe connections.


With routine drain cleaning and maintenance, we’ll ensure your entire plumbing system is in proper working condition through whatever cleaning methods we deem necessary. Typically, annual cleanings follow the same procedure as water jetting, which allows us to flush all manner of buildup from your pipes in the most rapid, efficient manner.


Need to Schedule Professional Drain Cleaning? Contact Drain Blaster Bill’s Today

At Drain Blaster Bill’s, we know how essential clean drains are for the operation of your home. That’s why we provide comprehensive, yet affordable drain cleaning and maintenance for homeowners throughout the Twin Cities metro. Whether you simply need your toilet unclogged or you have a late-night drain emergency, our 24/7 team is always here to serve you.


To learn more about our services or to request your free estimate, give our team a call at 763-913-8719. You can also get in touch with us by filling out your information on our contact form, and a member of our team will reach out to you promptly.