Slow-working drains are commonly perceived as a nuisance, but it usually indicates a more serious problem in your sewer lines. Once you notice that your drains are acting up, call a professional technician and have it checked right away. Don’t wait until it becomes a recurring issue or a full-blown emergency. At Apollo Plumbing Service, Inc., we will service your Portland and Vancouver drains with speed and efficiency.
If you’re starting to notice a raw sewage smell, gurgling sounds or slow water pressure, then this indicates that the drains need cleaning or repair. Slow drains can clog or cause backups anytime, which can prove to be an inconvenience. What’s more, black water can come in instead of out, leading to a mess and a health-risk situation.
At Apollo Plumbing Service, Inc., we offer the latest in sewer and drain cleaning for our customers in Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA. Our techniques are rated as one of the best eco-friendly methods. Hydro jetting can clean pipes regardless of type, size, and material. It’s a form of power washing that involves high-pressure water to scour your inner pipe walls free of debris, calcified matter, dirt, soil, and others. This procedure will leave your drain fully restored and able to function again.
Drains in the bathroom can become overworked when there’s a large accumulation of hair, soap scum and shampoo residue. The debris often collects in the pop-up assembly and form a net that traps bath, sink, and shower debris. Soon, you’ll start to notice an inch or two of standing water.
Large pieces of food, such as rice, bone, and cut vegetables are often the culprit of a kitchen drain clog. Moreover, homeowners flush their drains with used oil, grease, and sediment, which get trapped into the P-trap or the drain basket. The flow of water is greatly affected until the clog is cleared completely.
Constantly clogged toilets are a sign that your sewer system needs a repair or a thorough clean. The most common drain pipe concerns are sludge buildup, collapsed pipes, aged pipes or tree roots that have invaded your sewer line via an open joint, leak or crack.
A drain line is connected to the property’s vent stacks in the kitchen, the bathroom and other strategic places around the house. When these stacks get clogged with leaves, pieces of bird’s nest, sticks and mud, your drains get affected as well. You’ll start noticing a slower drain, which indicates that the vent stacks need cleaning.
At Apollo Plumbing Service, Inc., we use a camera inspection technique that allows us to see exactly what’s going on inside your Portland and Vancouver sewer or drain lines. From there, we come up with a 100% accurate diagnosis to resolve your clogs and backups in a safe, efficient manner. If hydro jetting is viable, our technicians can get rid of all stuck debris, calcified matter and roots via highly pressurized water, sending the material to the nearest municipal treatment system. Periodic maintenance is recommended to keep your drains in optimal condition. Our technicians are trustworthy and we provide estimates before starting any job. Call us today to learn more about the service we can provide your Portland or Vancouver property with.
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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 Drain 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