There are a number of things that can go wrong with the plumbing in your home including a clog in the sewage pipes. Clogs can occur for a variety of reasons including hair caught in the traps below the sink, tub or shower drains. It can also result from excess waste building up in the sewer lines causing the pipes to require complete Drain Cleaning for proper operation. This service can cover a variety of functions from removing the traps and cleaning them to completely washing the sewer lines to eliminate waste buildup.
When your drain clogs up the plumber must first eliminate the cause of the blockage. With larger clogs in sewer lines this usually requires using a pipe snake to push through the problem. The pipe snake may push the clog away or it may simply poke a hole in the problem. Either way, once the sewage is flowing again the plumber needs to investigate the plumbing with a video snake to ensure the line is clear. The video snake is very much like the pipe snake. It uses a flexible cable to put the camera where it is needed. This allows the plumber to inspect for clogs, cracks or other plumbing problems.
Using a camera like this can also tell the plumber if Drain Cleaning is even possible. To properly clean the exterior sewer lines the plumber must utilize a high power washer. This system, normally called a hydro-jet, pushes water at extreme pressures which could cause further damage to broken pipes. Plus, video detection can also determine if washing the drain pipes is even necessary for your situation. The largest benefit to this type of drain cleaning is removing the years of gunk that can build up in sewer lines.
Another problem with household drains is the buildup of grease in the pipes. This usually occurs in heavily used kitchens, but can also happen in homes with food disposals in the sink. As the food is ground up it leaves fatty deposits on the pipe walls that can collect other debris which eventually clogs the pipes.