Charlotte Residential and Commercial Drain Cleaning
ER Plumbing technicians are experts in residential and commercial drain cleaning. We use only the absolute best drain cleaning and pressure jetting equipment available on the market.
What do you need to know before you attempt to unclog a drain? Watch this brief video or read more below.
Troubleshooting a Clogged Drain
If you have a clogged drain, you’ll want to do the following:
- Locate and twist off cap of sewer clean out (outside of your house)
- Run extremely hot water down the drain (be careful not to scald yourself)
- Use a plunger to try to clear the drain (be aware of possible exit points for dirty water)
- Use a small snake (although most clogs are too far down the pipe to be reached with anything smaller than a professional snake, which really should be used by a professional, hence the name)
- If you still cannot clear the drain, call a professional drain cleaning company
What NOT to do if You Have a Clogged Drain
Some of the popular advice out there on the internet will backfire on you. Make sure you don’t do any of the following:
- Do not pour chemicals down the drain (They usually don’t work, and if you take a plunger or snake to the drain that is now filled with caustic chemicals, you will risk blindness or a chemical burn)
- Do not try to operate drain cleaning equipment without proper training (serious injury may result)
- Do not tackle a clogged drain without first identifying points where dirty water (especially if you’ve used a chemical product on the drain) might come up. For example, on a double sink, the dirty water may shoot up through the second sink (as you plunge the first sink), or a clogged sink may send dirty water into the dishwasher. Wear eye protection and gloves, and operate drain cleaning equipment with care, realizing the pressure applied by the equipment may backfire and send backwash directly at you.
How is ER Plumbing Uniquely Equipped to Handle Your Clogged Drain?
Cleaning drains is our primary business, so we know it better than anything else. One thing we know from experience is: it’s important to have the right tool for a drain-cleaning job.
Here at ER Plumbing, we use any and all of the following tools to clean out clogged drains:
- State-of-the-art sewer line video cameras for inspecting the lines so we can determine exactly where the problem lies and how to best solve it
- Rooter and cable machines, which was perfect for everyday drain cleaning
- Professional-grade main sewer machines
- Professional hydro-jetter, used to pressure-wash the insides of a pipe (A hydro-jetter can even be used to remove years of grease and sludge buildup and even clear out tree roots from a drain line completely)
Why Choose ER Plumbing to Clean Your Drain?
We are your drain cleaning specialists. Whether you have commercial property that needs quick turnaround or have a clogged drain emergency in your home, ER Plumbing Services can send someone out immediately. When you choose ER Plumbing, you can trust:
- We are equipped to handle everything from large commercial drain systems to small household drain clogs
- We’ll respond immediately and give you an accurate diagnosis of the problem and possible solutions
- All our trucks are fully stocked with everything needed to get the job done on the first trip out
- We can perform any task from unclogging drains, cleaning drains (preventative measures), making repairs, and replacing pipes as needed
- Low cost camera inspections
- We own all our own digging equipment, so we don’t charge rental fees
- We’re open 24/7, offering 24-hour emergency response plumbing
- There’s no extra charge for nights, weekends, or holidays
- Highly trained experts
- A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, Home Repairs, and Home Reports
- Licensed, bonded and insured
- We charge by the job instead of by the hour because we are committed to doing the job right
- We not only solve your current drain problem, but we prevent future drain clogs
- We offer a two-year materials and workmanship guarantee
- Our technicians will keep your home clean, wearing booties to protect your home and cleaning up after themselves
- We’ll educate you as to how to keep your drain clean
Common Causes of a Clogged Drain
Dealing with a clogged drain at your home or business can be inconvenient and messy. You can prevent some clogged drain problems, but others are difficult to prevent. Some of the most common causes of clogged drains are:
- Tree roots that have broken through the pipe
- Hair in the drain
- Grease poured down the drain
- Food build up
- Soap build up
- Mineral build up (from hard water – consider a water softener)
- Forcing too much down the drain
While you can take steps to prevent some of these problems (for example, don’t pour bacon grease down the drain, and don’t let hair wash down the sink and shower drains), tree roots may break through your pipes with no warnings at all. A hairline crack caused by a tree root can cause serious water leakage, and a pipe blockage from a tree root can be a serious problem, requiring replacement of your pipes.
In most cases, it’s tough for a homeowner to determine if a clogged drain is caused by something like food and mineral build up or if it’s a bigger problem like a tree root, but ER plumbing’s sewer cameras can identify the problem quickly and easily. Don’t waste your time trying to figure it out yourself. We’ll diagnose the problem and present you with your repair options so you can make an educated choice about how to best solve the problem.
Call ER Plumbing now at 704-269-1066 or use our online contact form for prompt, reliable drain unclogging and cleaning services.