Drain Cleaning & Sewer Repair
- Our trucks are fully stocked to carry all the required equipment for all of your drain cleaning needs.
- We typically carry four sizes of drain cleaning machines in each truck. The first is the mainline sewer machine, which has a 5/8 cable. This cable features a variety of different cutters that can be attached to it.
- The cable of the snake is inserted directly into the pipe. It spins as it goes down the pipe.
- The cutter cuts out the obstruction.
- One machine that we carry on the truck which we may deploy on your job is the 1/2” cable. This machine also features different blades or cutters, all of which can be attached. We use this machine for drains up to 3” and for stop stoppages caused by items such as hair and grease.
- Another machine we carry on our trucks is a 3/8 cable machine. This is a lighter-duty machine which works well on drains up to 2”. Normally, this machine is used on kitchen sink drains. But it also works well on laundry drains and showers. This machine will go down through the kitchen sink drain and remove grease and soap scum.
- The last actual snake-style drain cleaning machine we carry on the truck is the 1/4 “ machine. This machine is much smaller that the others. It has a small 1/4” diameter cable. The cable is used for cleaning drains and traps up to 1-1/2″. Typically, we use this machine to clean bathtub drains. The cable is very flexible so it is able to negotiate very tight turns.
Drain Cleaning: Hydro jetting
Another popular way to clean drains and sewers is hydro jetting or scour jetting:
- This is done with high pressure water.
- The water is fed at 3000 PSI through a hose.
- The hose has different nozzles that attach to it.
- These nozzles spray water at high pressure to clean the drain. These machines are very effective.
- Another machine we routinely use is a small 1500 PSI hydro jetter. It is used for small drains, up to 2”. It works well for removing grease and other soft stoppages. Often, we run this machine after snaking to thoroughly clean the grease.
- A major cause of sewer problems is roots in the pipe. Most older sewer pipes are made of clay pipe. This clay pipe has a joint every five feet. Roots can easily grow through the joints. They feed off the water in the pipe and can become quite large. Once they grow, nothing will be able to get by. So this causes the sewer to back up. They crack, break and even crush the sewer pipe. Hydro jetting is a good way to remove these roots from the sewer pipe.
- Another large machine we use pumps out 3,000 PSI of pressure to cut roots out of the way. There are several common fixes for a broken sewer. The first is spot repair. This is where we actually dig up the sewer and repair the broken section of pipe. The next method is to repair the pipe is a sewer liner. This is done by inserting a liner into the broken or cracked sewer to rehabilitate it to as-good-as-new condition.