Clogged drains are incredibly frustrating. Not only do they prevent you from using your sinks, shower, tub, or toilet—repeated or frequent clogs can also be a sign of a much larger issue, such as a clog in the main sewer line. If you need drain clearing services, rely on the expert plumbers at Horizon Services! We’ve been serving customers in areas such as Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey for nearly 30 years.
Our technicians undergo rigorous weekly technical training that allows them to provide you with exceptional drain maintenance and clearing services every time. When you call on us, we guarantee that we’ll arrive on-time within the given time frame or your service is free and we stand behind all our work with extended warranties on parts and labor.
5 Signs of a Drain Blockage
Unfortunately, clogged drains are one of the most common indoor plumbing problems. Over time, accumulated hair, soap scum, and dirt can lead to reduced water flow and clogs. How do you know if you have a clogged drain? Let’s take a look at five signs of drain blockage.
- Inefficient Drainage
If you’re experiencing slow draining in the shower, tub, or sink area of the home—you most likely have a clogged drain. This is due to the buildup of soap scum and hair overtime. With regular drain cleaning, you can prevent clogs before they even occur. We recommend not using drain cleaners, however. Drain cleaners aren’t as effective as promised and can damage your plumbing. Additionally, drain cleaning is also bad for the environment.
- Gurgling Sounds
Are you hearing a strange gurgling sound from your drain system? This indicates that air is trapped in your pipes somewhere, which can produce a clog further down the line. If you’re experiencing gurgling drains, give our team of plumbers a call to book an appointment. We offer drain cleaning services in areas such as Camden, Newark, Gaithersburg, Haverford, Northampton, and Middletown. It’s important to contact an HVAC professional right away to prevent damage to your main sewer line.
- Unpleasant Odors
Awful smells coming from your drain is another sure sign of a clog. Food particles can gather in your drain over time, eventually blocking your plumbing. This will require professional assistance from a certified HVAC technician.
- Unflushable Toilet
Usually, the first tale-tell sign of a clogged drain, if your toilet won’t flush and appears backed up, it’s time to contact your local plumber. There could be a variety of reasons a toilet clogs, two being that 1) too much toil paper has gathered in the drains, or 2) a foreign object, such as a kid’s toy, has been flushed down the drain.
- Excess Water in Yard
Unexplained puddles in your yard can be a major sign that you’re experiencing a sewer line clog. This is most often caused by tree roots and will therefore need significant repairs by a certified technician right away.
6 Things to Avoid Flushing Down the Drain
Most clogged drains you experience in your home can easily be prevented if you know what not to flush down your drain. Let’s take a look at eight things you should never put in your drain.
Please do avoiding throwing away unused medications down the toilet for any circumstance. Though this may seem harmless, medication contains certain chemicals that can get in the water supply system.
- Coffee Grounds
Yes, even something as small as coffee grounds can be detrimental to your plumbing system. Coffee grounds can build up in your system over time, clogging your kitchen pipes and wreaking havoc to your plumbing system.
- Cotton Balls & Feminine Hygiene Products
Cotton balls and other papery substances are biodegradable—meaning that it doesn’t dissolve quickly, and instead, is designed to absorb. This, in turn, can clog your drain.
In addition, feminine products have trouble dissolving in the water for that similar reason and should be avoided.
Although it’s not the most common thing put down the drain, paint is the most devastating for your drain. Most localities have put in place rules and regulations regarding the disposal of both oil-based and water paints down the drain. Paint has a number of toxins and chemicals that end up in the water supply.
A more obvious no-no, grease is the top reason for clogged drains. Grease can formulate thick, gunky globes in the pipes that causes other materials such as eggshells, food, and paper towels, to gather together, causing one big clog and an even bigger headache.
If you place eggs shells down the garbage disposal, this grinds them up in tiny bits that get stuck in fats, grease, or any oily material. Eggshell contributes to these thick globs and can clog your pipes. It’s best to dispose of eggshells in the trashcan.
Drain Cleaning Methods
Power Rodding Drain Cleaning Method
A power rodding method includes a thin-metal and flexible cable going into the pipe. The end of this cable will have a cleaning head that’s super sharp and fitted to the diameter of the pipe. An external electric motor will rotate the cleaning head rapidly. This process eliminates clogs immediately and can even be used to remove tree roots that have gotten into the outdoor sewer line.
Power Rodding & Drain Cleaning Services
Making sure you don’t flush certain items down the drain can help your system, but of course, drain clogs aren’t entirely avoidable. When they do occur, turn to the highly-trained plumbers at Horizon Services for outstanding drain clearing services. Whether you need power rodding drain cleaning services or hydro jetting drain cleaning services, our team has you covered. With more than 300 fully-equipped vehicles, we’re ready to assist you NOW! We even offer same day service and emergency drain cleaning at no extra charge so you can get back to enjoying your home and living your life.
Drain clearing services currently not available out of our Maryland office. Call to learn more.