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3 Steps to Cleaning Your Drains

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When you have a clogged drain, you should call a plumber out to your house so that they can check it out for you and clean the drain so that water runs the way that it is supposed to. Hopefully, it is a relatively minor problem that can be fixed quickly and easily, but a clogged drain can be a sign of a worse situation, and your plumber may have to go to extremes to clean your drain. There is a process that the plumber will follow to get your drains nice and clean. 

Check Your Drains

The plumber is going to check out your drains and see which ones are working and which aren't. If you are only having problems with one drain, then the plumber will focus on that one to see what is going on with it to work again. If all of your drains are slow or not draining at all, then the plumber is going to have to move on to other things to try to figure out what the problem is. 

Use a Camera

One thing that the plumber can do is to run a camera through your pipes. The camera is on a flexible cable with a light. The plumber will snake that down through the pipes until they get to the blockage or problem. The camera will then send back images that the plumber can see on a monitor. That will help them figure out what the problem is and pinpoint it. Once they know the problem and where it is, the plumber can then work on clearing it out. One of the things they can do to clear it out if it is a whole house issue is to use a waterjet. 


A waterjet is a hose with a nozzle that can shoot out a high-pressure stream of water. Usually, the waterjet is used outside your home to clean out significant blockages, like a clogged sewer mainline or roots blocking your pipes. The plumber will feed the nozzle into your lines, and the water pressure will help pull the cable further into your plumbing until it reaches the problem, and the water will cut through blockage, including tree roots, and get your drains going again. 

If your pipes stop draining, you want to do everything you can to get them running again. Talk to a plumber to learn more about drain cleaning