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Drain Cleaning in Reading, PA

Because drain cleaning is necessary to keep your sinks, toilets, showers, and other fixtures working properly, we make it a part of our routine maintenance. Clogged drains can be a nuisance to the entire plumbing system. The most effective way to prevent drain clogs is to clear your pipes on a regular basis. If you find yourself with a clog problem, contact our plumbers for help in Reading, PA and surrounding areas.

We Help You Locate the Problem with Our Camera Inspection

If there is a blockage farther in the sewer line, we may use camera pipe inspection to determine the exact location of the clog so we can recommend the best course of action.

A flexible cable with a small camera attached is inserted into the pipeline. The cable follows the line, recording the pipe’s interior as it moves along. We see everything in real time on an attached video monitor. The camera inspection allows us to see exactly what is blocking your drains, whether it’s tree roots, corrosion, excessive grease, sludge, or other debris.

In addition to helping with blocked drain problems, sewer camera inspections are recommended before carrying out hydrojetting or sewer repairs/replacements.

Have a clogged drain? Call The Plumbing Works for fast, reliable service—24/7!

Get in touch with us at (610) 929-8860 today.

Drain Cleaning 101

What are Signs You Need Drain Cleaning?

There are many factors that indicate a drain cleaning is due.

A slow drain in your sink signals a blockage in your pipes. If left untreated, it can result in a completely clogged drain, which will require immediate attention.

If you notice other drains backing up when a separate drain is in use, this means there is a clog deep within the sewer line.

Foul odors coming from your sink, toilet, or shower is another sign that it’s time to have your drains cleaned. Odors are often due to blockages that are rapidly collecting bacteria.

How Often Should You Clean Your Drains?

We recommend drain cleaning at least once a year or as needed. For commercial drains, it depends on the type of drain and what is discharged into the drain. Usually a drain cleaning is necessary every 3 months or more. The Plumbing Works can setup and provide a drain maintenance program at home or business.

What Causes Drain Clogs?

Most sink clogs occur in the P-trap. This trap is the U-shaped portion of the sink drain that averts insects, rodents, and sewer gasses from entering the home. However, it is this shape that can also enable blockages to form. Clogs in this area can be repaired by removing the P-trap pipes and dislodging any obstructions.

Kitchen sinks can often become clogged with coffee grounds, grease, or food scraps. Tubs and bathroom sinks are most often clogged by hair that collects and acts as a trap for dirt, toothpaste, and soap scum; if left untreated, these can combine to form an odorous, slimy mass.

How are Drains Cleared?

Drain snakes are effective in clearing out smaller clogs. These devices are mostly used for stopped up tubs, showers, bathroom sinks, washing machines, and kitchen sinks. Most drain cables extend 25 – 50 feet or more. The length of these cables allows them to reach to the main drain line under the home from the sink or tub. The drain cables come in many different shapes and sizes, as well as manual and electric models.

Drain cables are forced down the pipe until it reaches the clog. The cable will then be reversed, pulling the obstruction out of the pipes and through the drain.

A better and more thorough way of cleaning a drain is through the process of hydrojetting.

Give us a call at (610) 929-8860 for long-term drain cleaning solutions! Be sure to ask about our warranties and special offers!

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