Are you located in Santa Cruz CA, or the surrounding area and require plumbing services for your clogged drain? Don’t turn your plumbing woes into your next home project. Have your plumbing needs met with a company of knowledgeable and professional plumbers.
Make Anytime Plumbing your one-stop shop for drain cleaning, Santa Cruz water heater installation, sewer line maintenance, and installation, among other services for your Santa Cruz house and business.
How to clear a clogged drain yourself
Usually, when there’s a clog in our drains or toilets, we try to fix the issue ourselves with the tools we already have. Light clogs are easily broken up with some plunger action and can be used on most drains in the home. Don’t try to use a snake tool yourself. Leave the drain cleaning to a Santa Cruz CA professional.
Light clogs can also be disrupted by pouring hot water down the drain. Adding dish soap to the hot water is especially efficient if the clog is caused by grease. You can also add a bit of vinegar if you want to get rid of mineral buildup.
Another popular approach residential customers use is the vinegar and baking soda method. Baking soda is first added, followed by equal parts of vinegar. The mild reaction also deodorizes the drain and prevents smells from escaping.
We don’t advise you to use any acids or harsh drain cleaners. Homeowners sometimes do more harm than good, and eventually, the drains become corroded. If you have a clog that you can’t get rid of with a plunger, or any of the simple approaches mentioned, then it’s time to contact a Santa Cruz plumbing professional.
When to call a plumber about a clogged drain
While DIY methods sometimes address our plumbing problems, they don’t work all the time, and you’ll have to call in a plumbing expert eventually. These are the ways you can tell when you need to call a plumber in the Santa Cruz area for your drain problems:
When DIY doesn’t work
If you try one of or a combination of the DIY methods listed above to no avail, it’s usually a sign that the drain issue may be more advanced than you think. It doesn’t make sense to try all of them or try them multiple times because you can end up doing more harm than good. After two rounds of baking soda and vinegar plus hot water, you need to call a plumber.
If you find that you’re constantly dealing with clogged drains, and no matter how many things you try, it still happens, go to plumber. When you break up even a light clog, remnants are still left behind that will contribute to future clogging. The only way to prevent clogs in your plumbing system is through drain cleaning.
Drains are designed in such a way to quickly get rid of wastewater before it has time to accumulate in the sink, bowl, tub, or shower. If you notice that it takes longer for your wastewater to drain, or it begins to form puddles, that’s a sign that your drain needs professional intervention. If the issue is not addressed, it can eventually block and overflow.
If you are experiencing overflowing, meaning your faucet or shower drain fills up quickly, or if the water in your toilet bowl continues to rise after being flushed, this is a sign your drain is completely blocked or is draining extremely slowly. This can eventually lead to flooding if not addressed, and a hefty water bill if you don’t get plumbing help.
When gunk, grease, soap scum, and other materials wash down drains, they combine with bacteria and mold to cause foul odors. These foul odors can travel up your pipes and cause your entire home to stink like a sewer! The smell can be so horrible sometimes that it makes the people exposed to it get a headache or feel nauseous.
If you have sudden, unexplained foul odors coming from your drain, schedule same-day drain cleaning services to fix the issue.
Leaking pipes and unexplained puddles
When drains clog, they can cause water to back up in the drain pipes. Eventually, the standing water leaks through the caulking and seals and causes unexplained puddles and flooding in the home. Fixing a leaky pipe is more than placing a bucket under the source of the leak because the issue will only worsen and cost you more in the long run.
When the source of the leak is not obvious, additional steps have to be taken to come up with an accurate diagnosis. Nowadays, the solutions can be noninvasive, which means no service disruption, ground-breaking, or ripping out walls and floors to locate leaks.
Gurgling toilets/not flushing
Some clogs are not so obvious, and there are no overflowing or leaking pipes to tell us there’s an issue. Plumbers can tell when a drain is clogged by the sounds they make. For example, clogged toilets may gurgle or won’t even flush when clogged. Another example is a shower drain gurgling after flushing.
Common causes of clogged drains in Santa Cruz CA
Clogged drains are one of the most popular plumbing services we offer. Our experienced plumbers in Santa Cruz see a lot, and they aren’t usually surprised by what they encounter. In most cases, drains clog for the reasons below:
At first thought, the kitchen appears to have a single drain, underneath the faucet. But, it’s not the only one. There’s also the drain responsible for getting rid of the water from your dishwasher.
Kitchen drains are usually clogged by food scraps and grease. Food scraps cause clogs when the sink is improperly used as a garbage disposal, or when incompatible food is forced down the actual garbage disposal. As grease, oil, and fat begin cooling, they harden and form blobs that can devastate a sewer line. Unfortunately, this is the primary disposal method for most households, and eventually, it contributes to clogging in the sewer.
The bathroom has the most drains of any room in your home. Faucets, toilets, and, showers/tubs make up the bathroom plumbing system. These drains are at risk of getting clogged from a combination of hair, skin cells, soap scum, mineral deposits, and grime. Toilets, in particular, are at risk of getting clogged by paper products like toilet paper, hygiene products like wipes, and improperly disposed of feminine products like pads and tampons.
Other drains in the home can be found in the laundry room, primarily within sinks, dryers, washing machines, and water heaters. Some garages and garden/outhouses also have drains that are clogged by soap residue, organic matter, grime, and other objects. Outdoors drains, such as storm drains, roof drains and the main sewer line, usually get clogged by leaves, sticks, dirt, garage, micro-plastics, and other materials.
Another lesser talked about cause of clogging in the household drains or sewer is poor construction. When built properly, they are less likely to ever have these issues.
Drain cleaning services in Santa Cruz CA
Drain cleaning is a special type of service meant to remove clogs and prevent them from recurring. This is done by sending a blast of high pressured water down a drain and through the pipes, in a service known as hydro jetting. The water pressure used in hydro jetting is enough to strip the insides of the pipes without causing them to crack or become damaged.
The length of this process will depend on the size and location of the clog, and most customers, both residential and commercial end up feeling satisfied with the service, as their drain function improves instantly. Additional tools utilized in drain cleaning are best operated by a professional plumber, and also help to prevent another drain issue.
Household drains aren’t the only ones targeted by drain cleaning. Drain cleaning can also benefit your main sewer line and the sewer system in your area.
Anytime Plumbing is dedicated to providing exemplary service in the Santa Cruz area and places customer satisfaction as the focus of its business. Every hire is a plumbing expert and brings top-notch service to every project.
The company also offers the following services in Santa Cruz County
- Drain clearing services
- External and video inspection of plumbing system
- Accurate diagnosis of plumbing problems
- Water heater installation
- Sewer line repair and Trenchless sewer install
- Drain repair services
- Pipe lining
- Emergency plumbing services (residential and commercial properties)
- Fixture repair and INSTALL
- Garbage disposal repair
Same-day or next-day service and unbeatable rates
Many plumbing needs are considered rescue or emergency plumbing. Drain cleaning is one service we prioritize, so we have plumbers on schedule in Santa Cruz CA ready to operate all hours of the day to save your house from the worst effects of a clogged drain or sewer.
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Contact us today for your next drain cleaning job in Santa Cruz CA, and let the plumbing experts free up your drain and sewer!