When you are having problems with your septic system and are searching for “plumbers near me”, consider the professionals on staff at Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. We have been coming to the aid of property owners in Portland for over 35 years now, so you can trust that our experts will help with any of your concerns. Our staff uses trenchless sewer line replacement methods so that we can get the issues under control with less mess, less cost, and less hassle. Give us a call today to speak with a team member!
We use expert equipment to take a look at your plumbing pipes and examine the problems that you are experiencing. By sending fiber optic cameras down deep into your system, our plumbers in Portland can get a close-up view of what’s going on, and they use that to decide what to do. If the issue is too large or too complex for sewer line repairs to fix, we will let you know what your options are for having the pipe replaced.
If you need to have sewer line replacement done, don’t worry and automatically assume that means it will be a major excavation job that leaves your yard or landscaping in disarray. We offer convenient and easy ways to get things fixed without the mess: cured in place pipes (CIPP).
A relatively new invention in the plumbing industry, CIPP is a great option for pipe replacement because it requires no digging at all. It works with any piping from 3” to 8” in diameter and the process only takes about three or four hours to complete. Our customers in Portland appreciate this option of sewer replacement because of how streamlined and non-invasive it is.
Here at Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, we are proud to be a family business with more than three decades of experience serving property owners in the Portland area. We are here to help when you need your sewer replaced, and offer trenchless methods like CIPP to make the process as easy as possible for you. Call us today for more information!
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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