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Drain Cleaning Services in Portland, OR

Why do you need your drains cleaned?

If you have ever noticed that water collects at your feet when you’re showering, or water is slow to drain after you wash the dishes, it’s very likely that you have blockage in your pipes that needs to be cleared. Although it’s something we don’t really think about until it’s a problem, drain cleaning is an important part of maintaining your home. Sure, you can come up with several DIY remedies to clear your clog, but one thing to remember is that those harsh chemicals can eat away at pipes, causing long term damage. Save yourself some time and money; hire a professional who understands the best method to use for your specific problem.

Drain Cleaning Methods

There are three methods used to unclog drains. Those include standard cleaning, main line cleaning, and video drain inspections. The method used will depend on where and what the problem is. One thing to note is that your drain system is like a tree – there is one main line (like the trunk), and secondary lines (like the branches of the tree). Typically, if the problem resides in the secondary lines, it’s more of a simple fix than troubleshooting an issue in the main line.

Standard Drain Cleaning Services

The most common problems in your secondary lines may be due to:

  • Hair
  • Grease
  • Excessive food
  • Feminine products
  • Diapers

Standard drain cleaning using a professional snake will push any blockage through and out of your pipes. It’s long flexible wire rotates down the drown 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. Many homeowners only use or purchase simple drain snakes, primarily because they don’t cost much, and are fairly simple to use. However, the effectiveness isn’t typically a consideration when making the purchase. Most professional drain cleaning companies recommend having your home drains professionally snaked once every other year.

Main Line Drain Cleaning

A main line drain is the drain that transports waste water from your home to the the sewer mains underground. A clog here can lead to sewage backing up into your home or yard, resulting in costly repairs to both the line and your home.

Here are some telltale signs that the clog is located in the main line:

  • 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. This is typically caused due to larger items that have been flushed, or tree roots growing near and around the pipe, causing an obstruction. To troubleshoot this problem, we would run a professional drain snake through the pipe. If that doesn’t work, we would resort to using a high-pressure hose. This method is always more effective, but more expensive. It will possibly fix the problem the first time around, rather than needing to re-snake every few months. The best solution depends on the size and type of clog you have and the age of your home and pipes.

Drain Camera Inspections

With a video drain inspection, we will be able to see everything inside the drain in high definition, and check for possible damages such as 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.

Why do you need your gutters cleaned?

A gutter clogged with items like sticks, leaves, and other debris can end up causing you a headache if not properly taken care of and frequently cleaned. Neglecting your gutters can result in a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home. Not to mentioned… gunky gutters make really nice homes for little rodents, pests, mold, wasp and bee nests. Avoid this nasty mess and have your gutters cleaned at the bare minimum, at least two times a year; spring and fall. That is a good rule of thumb, however the frequency increases depending on how many trees there are nearby – the more trees, the more sticks and leaves, the more obstruction.

Although cleaning gutters is something many homeowners take on themselves, not only is it a chore not many enjoy doing, but it can also be dangerous, surprisingly so. 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; hire a professional.

Contact Alpha Environmental for additional information on our Drain Cleaning services. Give us a call at 503-292-5346.