When you have a clogged commercial drain, your first concern is not the cause because chances are, your focus will be on getting it fixed.
Regular cleanings can prevent clogged drains and grease traps in your commercial building – however, there are signs that you may have an impending blockage.Slow drains and those that backup frequently need more than drain cleaner to fix the problem. The following information will help you understand common services conducted to remove the blockage of your commercial drains:
#1: Drain Snaking
Drain snaking is the simplest method of clearing a clogged drain and is usually the first method a plumber will use to try to clear a blockage. A drain snake, also called a drain auger, is a made from a length of cable with an ‘auger head’ and is sized according to the pipe being unclogged.
Plumbers have drain snakes that can reach deep into your sewer pipes, find the clog, and remove it, in many cases. There are clogs that require more than a snake to remove; in that case, a different commercial drain cleaning method may be required to clear your sewer pipes.
#2: Video Inspection of your Pipes
If snaking the drain fails to remove the clog, a video inspection may be required to determine the location and cause of the clog. This method of commercial drain cleaning will give a plumber a better idea of how to proceed when clearing the blockage of your commercial drains.
Older buildings in Sacramento may have sewer pipes that are made from cast iron, clay, and Orangeburg and over time, these can collapse causing a blockage that may require replacement of pipes.
Businesses that handle food can get blockages created by fat, grease, and food waste. Over time, this sludge will build up on the inside of the pipes, restrict flow, and cause you to have sewers backups more frequently if left unattended. Businesses with grease traps must be sure that they are pumped out on a regular schedule because they can cause severe backups.
#3: Hydro Jetting the Drain
This is the most aggressive method used for commercial drain cleaning and is used when a drain snake isn't enough to get the job done. Hydro jetting uses a strong stream of water much like a pressure washer and a special spray head that scours the inside of your commercial drains as it is run through them, clearing the most stubborn clogs most of the time.
The downside is that hydro jetting may be more than you need to clean your pipes and it can damage old or weak pipes, potentially causing further damage to your commercial drain system. That is where video inspection comes in because a plumbing technician can get a good look inside your pipes giving them an idea of how to approach your particular problem.
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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – commercial drain cleaning can prevent clogs and backups before you're ankle deep in sludge. Clogged sewer lines that cause smelly, unclean conditions can cause way more than an uncomfortable smell.
Express Sewer is Sacramento’s specialist for trenchless sewer line repair and replacement. Our modern plumbing techniques allow us to replace sewer lines without tearing up your parking lot, walk and driveways, and your landscaping. Less invasive than older methods, trenchless sewer line repair may be the best long-term solution if you have commercial drains with frequent backups and clogs.
Contact us today at Express Sewer & Drain for an assessment of your commercial drains. Being proactive now can save you headaches later if you have commercial drain problems that need attention.