At Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, an important facet of our work includes cleaning services to restore drains and pipes to proper functionality. Not only are our solutions based on eco-friendly, safe processes, but we also are proud to offer several types of solutions so that we are prepared for any situation.
Drain cleaning can be used to not only wash away debris but to remove obstructions and unclog the drains as well. The symptoms that a drain cleaning or unclogging session may be needed may include:
Because clogs have the capacity to become large-scale problems very quickly, our team takes diagnosing the cause of these symptoms seriously. We don’t waste time with excavation or speculation. By taking an inside look at the condition of the pipes with waterproof cameras that are small but powerful and produce high-quality footage, we can ensure that the clog or obstruction will be completely removed. We not only diagnose that the clog is the source of the problem, but we also take the time to pinpoint its location and determine its size, density, and composition. All of this information gives us what we need to effectively clean the pipes.
After determining what’s causing the blockage, one of our plumbers will recommend the preferred cleaning solution to effectively clean and unclog the pipes in your home or business, depending on what is needed. Our solutions include:
Also known as cabling, we snake a coiled metal wire down the pipe while we rotate on our end to unclog drains. This method works best for cleaning out drains clogged with hair and debris, such as sinks and showers.
When greasy, insolvent substances build up in your pipes, we use high-pressure jets of water to clear away the blockage. Hydro jetting is ideally used for industrial kitchens and other locations with a consistent buildup of grease.
Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning offers Portland and Vancouver comprehensive rooter services, including emergency clog removals or regular maintenance services. Our machines operate by snaking a rotating cable with an attached blade through your pipes. The blades will dislodge the build-up due to grease, soap, tree roots, and other foreign objects. Our experts don’t require large holes to insert our equipment through, instead of relying on entry points through drains, resulting in a process that is minimally invasive, preserving your home and property.
We train our technicians in the most cost-effective ways to resolve drain problems, as well as ensure that they effectively use the tools properly. Without proper training, snaking tools can cause damage inside of the pipes, but our team is well-versed in these tools and will remove the clog quickly and efficiently. If the clog is small and easy to remove, our technicians will defer to using snaking tools and equipment to remove them accordingly.
Hydro jetting is a process in which the sewer pipes are scrubbed clean by streams of high-pressure water shooting from a hose at up to 3,500 PSI. This allows the sewer lines to be cleaned quickly and efficiently with high-velocity water pressure. The streams of high-pressure water, emitting from the forward and reverse jets in the nozzle, propel the hose through the line to remove debris such as hard water scale, silt, sand, and grease deposits.
With special root nozzles, we can clean and clear most of the roots, rust, and debris to prepare the line for possible CIPP lining reinstatement if the pipe needs to be repaired. The water pressure in the hydro jetting process can be regulated to accommodate specific drains like kitchen sinks, floor drains, storm or drain systems, and main sewer lines. We have portable electric systems for inside your home or business and large gas and trailer units for exterior issues. This system not only clears the drain of visible obstructions but cleans the drain of waste accumulation, restoring its original diameter and making hydro jetting a service that can be relied on for maintenance efforts.
Grease, grime, soaps, and detergents can build up over time and cause blockages in household drains. Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning provides the most professional drain cleaning and maintenance services across Oregon and Washington. Whether it’s from the buildup of grease or debris, our technicians can clear the most difficult drain or clog. With frequent cleanings conducted throughout the year, our experts can keep clog formations to a minimum while keeping your pipes operating smoothly.
Vacuum excavation is a new technology that promotes environmental protection and increased safety and efficiency on residential and commercial job sites. Vacuum excavation describes the process of employing high-pressure water to cut and break down soil while a vacuum removes the sludge created from the excavation process into a tank, all completed from a truck.
The vacuum excavation process doesn’t create excessive property damage and saves space that would typically be needed for the traditional, dig-and-replace sewer repair process. Because the process can be completed from the truck, this makes the process versatile and encourage precise, minimally invasive work that doesn’t upheave properties and nearby traffic.
At Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, we incorporate this technology into many of our services, including hydro jetting, car wash debris extraction, trenching and excavation, utility potholing, tank cleaning, storm filter cartridge cleaning, tunneling, catch basin cleaning, and spoil or waste removal. This type of excavation enhances our work and keeps property damage low and non-obtrusive for homeowners. We strive to satisfy our customers, and our efforts to keep the process painless and eco-friendly is an important component of our work.
If you need your drains to be cleaned because of a dense clog or tree root clumps, Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning can get the job done. We will quickly eliminate any blockages and restore your drains back to normal. Call us today, and we will be happy to serve you with innovative, precise drain cleaning services.
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Unfortunately, it’s easy to accidentally put grease down your drains no matter how hard you try not to. When you rinse dishes in your sink, they often have a thin layer of grease on them. Your hot rinsing water dissolves this and helps it run down your drains. When the grease cools later, it hardens against the pipe wall. Over time, this can cause significant grease buildup that can also catch other debris in its trap, causing a major sink clog.
If the drains are ones you use a lot, try rinsing them with a 1:1 combination of vinegar and baking soda. Put the baking soda in the drain and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then pour the vinegar down and leave it for 15 more minutes. Finally, wash it all down the drain with hot water and see if things smell better.
If the drains are ones you don’t use much, you may need to simply add water to them. Many drains keep out odors because they place a water trap between you and the smells. If this water leaks out, which it often does over time, there won’t be a barrier between you and the bad smells. Pour a bucket of water down the drains and see if that helps. If your water trap keeps disappearing, call one of our plumbers to find out why.
The key to making most garbage disposals work is to use enough water with them. You’ll want to allow the water to run for at least 10 seconds after the scraps you put down them are gone, and maybe up to 30 seconds. When you do this, you can put almost any non-fibrous items down the disposal, including coffee grounds, eggs and egg shells, potato peelings, bones up to ½” in diameter, apples, and citrus peels.
There are a lot of things that you can do to prevent clogs at home. Make sure each drain opening is covered by a trap of some kind. These will collect hair (in the shower) or food scraps so they don’t accidentally go down the drain and cause a clog. You should also make sure that only products intended for your toilets get flushed. In the kitchen, do your best to remove grease before you rinse your dishes in the sink and make sure larger debris either goes into the trash can or gets put down the garbage disposal correctly, with plenty of water.
Whether you try to unclog your own drains is up to you. We don’t recommend using chemical drain cleaners, like Drano. These won’t actually solve your problem but will, instead, simply dissolve a hole through the middle of your clog. If you use them too often, they may dissolve holes in your pipes, too! You can try leaving a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and baking soda in a clogged drain for up to 30 minutes and see if that helps, instead.
A plunger may also help with your clogged drain, even if it’s not in the toilet. If it doesn’t work, there are a variety of products that you can rent or buy that may help you unclog your drain. These hooks and short snakes can be useful, though they can also further damage your plumbing. If you choose to use them, make sure you understand how to do so before you start your project.
We are always happy to look at your drains, whether it’s for maintenance or to solve an acute problem. However, we definitely recommend bringing in a professional when:
Apollo jetted the basement drain line in our old 1927 Portland house. The line has been backing up thru the floor drain for a while. The technician cleared out the line with the hydro-jet, and it’s running great now. On-time and professional!"
- Tim T., Google Review
Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning was on time, professional, and very knowledgeable. He took the time to inspect our rain drain to our dry well and do everything he could to alleviate the issue. I would highly recommend Apollo, they were informative and straight forward. Honesty is obviously a value they uphold for their customers."
- Forrest W., Google Review
I can’t begin to tell you how pleased we were with the service we received today from Anthony. He was incredibly personable and friendly. He went above and beyond and made the service call painless. Anthony took care of our clogged train in no time. Apollo and Anthony are the best! We highly recommend them."
- Jennifer T., Google Review