At Alpha Environmental, we offer several standard drain cleaning services—including clogged toilet draining and toilet drain cleaning, gutter cleaning and more—to help you prevent costly repairs in the future. While DIY solutions may be tempting, they are also temporary and, if done wrong, can cause long term damage to your pipes. Drain your toilet—not your wallet—and hire one of our professionals.
Drain Cleaning Methods
With over 20 years of experience, we understand the best method to use for your specific problem. Our experts are well versed in the three methods used to unclog drains—standard cleaning, main line cleaning, and video drain inspections.
Standard Drain Cleaning Services In Portland
The most common problems in your secondary lines may be due to:
- Excessive food
Standard drain cleaning using a professional snake will push any blockage through and out of your pipes. Its long flexible wire rotates down the drain and virtually shreds any items blocking the pipes, simultaneously pushing through any larger objects that may be causing an obstruction. A home-grade drain snake is typically only effective for small drains, as it has a limited reach. While many homeowners only use or purchase simple drain snakes due to cost and ease of use, effectiveness isn’t usually taken into consideration. For effective drain cleaning, most professional drain cleaning companies recommend hiring a professional at least once every other year.
Main Line Drain Cleaning
A clog in the main line drain can lead to a sewage backup in your home or yard, resulting in costly repairs to both the line and your home.
Telltale signs of a main line drain clog include:
- Gurgling noises in your drains or toilet
- Sewer odor and sewage back up
- Water back up or flooding
If water is backing up in the lowest part of your home (typically in the basement), it’s very likely you have a main line problem. Usually, this is caused by larger items that have been flushed, or tree roots growing near and around the pipe, causing an obstruction. Fear not—we’ve got your back. Our professionals know how to best solve this issue based on the cause as well as the size and type of clog, and the age of your home and pipes.
Drain Camera Inspections
With a video drain inspection, we’re able to see everything inside the drain in high definition and check for possible damage—like holes or cracks. Sometimes, clogging happens not just because of accumulated mud or debris, but due to damaged pipes. The camera makes it easy to inspect the damage and pinpoint the exact location that needs repairing.
A gutter clogged with items like sticks, leaves, and other debris can result in a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home. Not to mention, gunky gutters make really nice homes for little rodents, pests, mold, wasp and bee nests. Gross. To avoid this nasty mess, get your gutters cleaned at least twice a year (spring and fall). While this is an excellent rule of thumb, you may need to clean your gutters more often depending on how many trees are nearby. Why? The more trees there are, the more sticks and leaves there are, resulting in more obstruction to your gutters.
While cleaning your gutters may sound like a common—if not, annoying—chore, it can actually be a very dangerous task. According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2.1 million Americans had ladder-related incidents between 1995-2005, averaging at 136,000 cases a year! Save your time and your neck by hiring one of our professionals.
For more information about our drain cleaning services, call Alpha Environmental at (503) 292-5346.