Drain Cleaning

Drain Cleaning Services

When it comes to drains, you need fast action – we are here to help!

Offering services for:

Drain cleaning

Clogged sinks, showers and baths

Sewer line cleaning and repairs

Plumbing Plano Pros 900 West 15th Street, Suite B1, Plano, TX 75075 (972) 905-4009

Cleaning a Drain

Your plumbing technician may use a number of different tools to unclog your sink, shower or tub drain such as a power auger, sometimes called a drain snake. A drum auger is a commonly used tool to clear clogged lines between one inch and two inch diameter. The name drum auger comes from the fact that a plastic drum stores the metal cable inside. Access to the pipe varies widely, a sink may be accessed by removing the stopper, or by removing the trap underneath the sink. Often a bath or shower tub may be accessed through the overflow. The auger cable is pushed through the blocked pipe, and rotated as it goes, often needing to stop to navigate an elbow or joint or dislodge a blockage.

For a toilet clog, more often a closet auger is used. Your technician will first diagnose if the plug is in the toilet, or farther down the drain a professional closet auger will clear the blockage as the clog is usually within 3 feet of the bowl. Further than that, there may be a blockage in the main line, which will need heavier duty equipment. The auger is a J-shaped piece of equipment which is inserted in the bowl, and the the cable is turned at the handle end to unclog the blockage, similar to a drum auger. After the toilet blockage is cleared, your plumber will double check the toilet tank including the overflow pipe, flapper and inlet valve, to make sure the water level is correct for flushing. There needs to be enough water in the toilet bowl to ensure a siphon action is created during flushing to ensure the bowl contents are cleared out each time.

Preventative Actions You Can Take To Stop Your Drains Clogging
With sinks and tubs, over time there is often a build up of grease, hair and water salts, and even soap buildup. Then more hair can buildup and get clogged gradually. Drains don’t become clogged with things like hair and other debris, you can bet that there is a collection of buildup from things like soap scum, water calcium, and other substances that grow on each other to form a nasty, mucky build up.  One of the simplest ways to clear out this buildup and keep drains free and clear of clogs is to pour some boiling water down your drains once every week, a pot of boiling water from the stove poured slowly down the drain will work fine to keep the water flowing .

Another preventative step is to stop hair and other items from going down the drain in the first place. A simple device known as a drain screen is an easy to use it is a plastic or metal cover with holes in to cover the drain entrance and go a long way in protecting your drains from clogs.  They are generally made of metal or plastic, and can be found in any chain retail, hardware, or home improvement store.  The drain screen is simply placed over the drain to block hair and soap scum from going down the drains. It is important to be sure to clean the screens frequently, pouring some boiling water can help clean this as well.

One of the most important things to prevent is grease or fat that can be poured down the drain, but when it cools down can solidify. Use a screen, stopper, and/or drain filter whenever necessary.  The danger of pouring hot grease down a drain is that grease may be in liquid form while it is hot, but it will harden when it cools and could very easily stick to your pipes and clog your drain. Again flushing with boiling water can help, unless the grease clog is too big. Don’t forget if your preventative measures fail, give us a call or check our website at www.plumbingplanopros.com.