Since your home’s plumbing system is hidden behind walls, it’s easy to not pay it too much attention until it is clogged. A slow drain or gurgling noise are some of the first signs of a clogged line, which, if left untreated, can lead to a complete system backup. Clogs can start in any of the main or secondary sewer lines so take action if you hear strange noises coming from your bathtub, shower, or sink or if you see water backing up in places like your shower drain and toilet. If left untreated, sewage can back up into your home causing an expensive and unpleasant mess. The trained professionals at FloHawks can unclog and clean your pipes and provide maintenance tips for keeping your drains flowing freely.
Professional tools like drain augers, more commonly known as a plumber snake, can sometimes be enough to simply resolve the problem. However, for more challenging situations, other tools may be necessary. Tree roots can also clog sewer lines, especially in older homes but diagnosing and finding the ultimate cause of a problem pipe can be extremely difficult when you can’t see every inch. FloHawks eliminates the guesswork by using a high-definition video camera capable of passing through pipes to inspect lines of all shapes and sizes. Video pipe inspections can quickly and efficiently diagnose the problem and pinpoint the issue without breaking through walls as part of a guessing game. The camera attaches to a flexible rod so our experienced technicians are able to clearly view inside pipes in real time. We are always looking for ways to make our services more efficient including equipping our skilled technicians with the best tools available in the industry.
The best solution, however, is prevention. You can avoid clogged drains in your sink, bathtub, toilet, and floor drain by taking care of your drain lines. Be mindful of what goes down the drain. Commonly used items that should NOT be flushed include:
- baby wipes
- cat litter
- coffee grounds
- clumps of hair
These items do not decompose and can make your plumbing more susceptible to clogs. Fats, oils, and grease (bacon grease, for example) are also big offenders – they have a tendency to clump together, not break down in the septic tank, and will solidify (congeal) in the sewer line. You can prevent clogged lines by disposing of kitchen grease in the trash.
Another way to prevent drain clogs is to have a professional inspect your system every few years. These regular maintenance inspections will help ensure your system is functioning properly and identify any potential issues early on, saving you headaches and money down the road.
FloHawks has been unclogging drains across the Puget Sound area since 1965. We are here to meet your plumbing needs 24/7 including nights, weekends, holidays and for emergencies. Contact us online or call us today at 800-356-4295.