Drain Cleaning Services
Your home’s drains are essential to the overall performance of your plumbing system. Even the smallest clog can cause your plumbing to smell, create a health and safety concern for your family, move slower than usual, and reduce reliability. If the drain is ignored for long enough, significant plumbing problems can occur, often resulting in major repairs.
While clogged drains are a common part of owning a plumbing system, they can be avoided with the right care. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing is here to help keep your drains clean through regular inspection and maintenance. Our team has been delivering professional, efficient, and reliable drain cleaning services to countless homeowners over our 25 years.
Servicing Any Type of Clogged Drain Including:
We’re prepared to clean all types of drains found in and around your home. Due to our decades of hand-on experience, we’ve seen it all.
Kitchen Sink Drain
Our kitchen sink drains are used a lot, so there’s no wonder why clogs form after some time. Whether your slow drain is caused by grease, fat, food debris, or a rogue fork, our plumbers will take the time to clear away the clog and leave your sink drain looking like new.
Bathroom Drain Cleaning
The bathroom is important to the overall hygiene and comfort of your home, so isn’t it important to ensure its drains are always in tip-top shape? From the sink to the shower, we have the proper tools, experience, and skills needed to address your bathroom clogs and inefficient drains.
Clogged Bathroom Sink
While it can be caused by toothpaste, loose hair, or soap scum, a clogged bathroom sink is no match for our plumbers. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing plumbers are ready to clear away the clog and clean away any leftover residue. This is done to ensure your drain’s clog doesn’t reappear.
Several things can cause a toilet to clog, and while a plunger may help some minor toilet clogs, major toilet clogs should be dealt with by a team of professionals. This reduces the chance of overflowing your toilet or facing sewage backup in the home.
Clogged Shower & Bathtub Drain
Nothing is worse than a clogged shower or tub drain. And while some DIY drain cleaning methods may provide you temporary relief from the clog, it’s important to have a professional plumber clear away any buildup of human hair, pet hair, or soap scum.
Laundry drains contribute to the overall comfort of your home. And since we rely on our laundry rooms weekly – if not daily – it's important to give all of your laundry room drains the proper care they need to make laundry day as easy as ever!
Washing Machine Drains
Our washing machines have to drain the water at the end of every cycle. If things get backed up, either due to a buildup of lint or detergent residue, acting quickly can limit the chaos the clogged drain causes.
Utility Sink Drains
If you have a utility sink in your laundry room, basement, or garage, it’s important to give these water fixtures extra care and attention to avoid unruly clogs. Be sure to not use utility sinks as trash cans – not everything can – or should – go down the drain!
Floor Drain Cleaning
Floor drains can be incredibly useful in avoiding serious water damage during the likes of flooding after a storm or during a plumbing emergency. This is why it’s important to have your floor drains routinely inspected and cleaned. Our team will ensure they are reliable and effective in handling any type of water in the home.
Outdoor Drain Cleaning
Similar to the drains you find inside your home, outdoor drains require proper care and maintenance. Your home’s outdoor drains are useful in directing water runoff away from the home, reducing the chances of flooding and other types of common water damage. Over time, any outdoor drains can develop clogs from the buildup of dirt, sand, twigs, rocks, and other types of natural debris.
Main Drain Clean Out
Your home’s main drain is your home’s sewer line. It can run from anywhere around 12 to 24 inches in length, making it difficult to locate any size clog. Wherever your home’s main drain is located, our plumbers can perform the proper cleaning and clog removal services needed to prevent your home from experiencing sewage buildup.
Whether they’re found atop a flat roof or alongside your gutters, roof drains must be cleared out and maintained regularly just like the other drains in your home. Any type of clog in your roof drains can result in water overflowing. This can lead to roof leaks and other water damage around your home.
Landscape & Yard Drains
Landscape and yard drains are useful in preventing flooding after rainfall but can become clogged due to leaves, mulch, dirt, soil, and other kinds of natural debris. Ensure your drains are ready to handle whatever weather you get with the team at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing!
Basement Drain & Sump Pumps
To avoid unsanitary sewage backup or flooding in the home, it’s important to not only check that your basement drains are free of debris but to also test your sump pump regularly. With the help of Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, your system can get the proactive care it needs to avoid flooding after heavy rainfall.
Commercial Drain Cleaning
At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, we have the tools and knowledge needed to handle your business, industrial, or commercial drains and plumbing system. Our services provide immediate relief and prevent the chance of clogs developing in the future. We only rely on proven methods and the best equipment to resolve your company’s drain and plumbing issues. Whether you own a restaurant or industrial facility, we can help clear your commercial sewer and drain lines with ease.
Common Signs of a Clogged Drain
While clogs can range in severity, it’s important to have a professional plumber called out at the first sign of one. The sooner you recognize the 6signs of a clogged drain, the sooner our team can provide the services needed to avoid costly repairs and hazardous situations.
See or Hear Toilet Bubbling
If your toilet is gurgling or bubbling before, after, or during a flush, you probably have a clog in your system. The bubbles you see are coming from a blockage somewhere in your system. While a plunger may clear the clog, a professional plumber will deliver a worthwhile solution.
Water Backs Up
Any type of water or sewage backup in the home should be addressed by a professional as soon as possible. Not only does this mean that you have an obstruction somewhere in your plumbing, but it can also create a hazardous environment for yourself and your family. Backup can occur in any drain of the home from the shower to the kitchen sink.
Water is Slow to Drain
A common and obvious sign of a clogged drain is slow draining water. Water should move rather quickly down your home’s drains, so if things are taking longer than normal, this is a telltale sign a clog is present in your system. This sign mustn’t be ignored and should be dealt with by professionals as soon as possible.
When a clog is present, there’s a good chance a bad odor will come along. Whether it’s a buildup of soap scum, hair, leftover toothpaste, or food debris, decomposition will cause the clog to smell. After some time, the foul odor will spread its way and come out of your system’s other drains.
Puddles of Water
While unexplained puddles of water aren’t always a sign of a clogged drain, it’s important to have them addressed by a professional plumber as soon as possible. This reduces your water waste, saving you money on your monthly water bill, reduces the chance that your home or yard experiences water damage, and allows our team to locate and clear away any obstructions in your system.
What Are the Causes of a Clogged Drain?
It’s important to understand the causes of clogged drains, not only to understand what your plumbing system may currently be experiencing, but to stop any clogs early in their formation.
Debris Build Up
The most common cause of clogged drains is a buildup of debris. Things like soap, hair, and other foreign objects can cause clogs. Some of the most common types of debris buildup we clear from our customer’s drains include soap, hair, cooking oil or grease, food scraps, and other natural debris, including twigs and leaves.
While you may not think about what happens to something you put down the sink, you will when you’re facing a major clog in your system. Be sure your drains have the proper coverings and traps to reduce the chances of clogs developing. Our team can help!
When damage occurs to your pipes, whether they’re cracked, ruptured, or simply broken, backups and clogs are a normal effect. This damage must be repaired by a professional plumber right away. Some of the common types of pipe damage that can cause a blockage in your system include:
- Corrosion of an older pipe due to age
- Leaks throughout seals and joints
- Shifting caused by changes in soil
- Increased pressure on pipes
As a full-service plumbing company, we’re able to not only clear away the clog and debris left from the pipe damage, but we’re also able to complete any repairs your system requires.
Regardless of where you live, nature is going to take a toll on your system if you’re not careful. From events like storms to plant and tree root intrusion, our team can help you prepare and take care of anything bringing your system to a stop.
There are a few ways a storm can cause a clog in your plumbing system. One of them is the influx of water your system is intaking. If your home’s storm drains aren’t clear, or your sump pump isn’t as reliable as you thought it was, you will soon experience clogs in your system. The heavy rainfall can also bring in natural, and not so natural debris, into your system, causing major blockages.
Additionally, storms, heavy rainfall, and the flooding that follows can cause your home’s soil to shift, causing damage to your system. The increased pressure on your system can cause things to rupture, letting in pounds of soil, rock, and dirt.
You should always consider the placement of your plumbing when planting new shrubbery or trees. Regardless of how old your pipes are, any roots looking for water will latch onto your pipe and grow into it over some time. When the root expands, it will lead to slow moving drains and an inefficient system.
Flushing Items You're Not Supposed To
There are things you should and should not flush down your toilet. To give your system the best chance to remain reliable and efficient, it’s important to understand what these are. Some of the items you should always avoid flushing down your toilet include:
- Baby or wet wipes
- Q-tops and cotton pads
- Coffee grounds
- Menstrual products
- Paper towels
- Fats and oils
- Leftover cooking grease
At the end of the day, if it’s not waste or water, there’s a good chance it shouldn’t be flushed. If you have any questions about what can and cannot be flushed, our plumbers can help!
If you have a broken water line or sewer pipe, it’s important to have it repaired as soon as possible! We’re experienced in locating your system's broken pipes, clearing away any debris that has been caused by the rupture, as well as delivering any repair or relining services that need to be done.
During the colder months, it’s important to keep an eye on your pipes and ensure you’re taking the proper precautions to prevent frozen pipes. Not only do these cause obstructions in the regular flow of things, as the ice melts, but your system can also become overflooded with water. This can result in major pipe damage, backup, or more clogs throughout your system.
Vent Pipe Clogged
Plumbing vents are a critical and often overlooked component of your plumbing system. More commonly referred to as a stack, the vent pipe can run from your basement through the attic, allowing for sewer gases to be emitted. Sometimes your vent can become clogged, trapping hazardous sewer gases in your home, and adding pressure to your system. Our team can safely clear away any clogs your plumbing system has.
Drain Cleaning Costs - Thorough Assessments & Up-Front Pricing
What’s the price to have my drains cleaned? Unfortunately, without taking a look at your specific situation, we’re unable to give you pricing to have your drains cleaned. This is due to a variety of factors that can affect the costs of your service.
- Length of drain
- Location of drain
- Severity of clog
- Clog removal method used
Regardless of the type of clog or gunk in your drain, you can rely on our team for a thorough inspection of your system and upfront and honest pricing before any service is started. This gives you everything you need to ensure you’re making the best choice for your system.
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Using Liquid Drain Cleaner vs. Hiring a Professional Plumber
Clogged drains are a common part of life in your home. And while it may seem like liquid drain cleaner, normally found in those plastic bottles at any department store, would do the trick, it can cause more damage than good.
When you use drain cleaning chemicals, the harsh cleaning solution enters the drain and piping and begins to heat, working its way through the clog – as well as the lining of your pipe. This provides your drain some temporary relief, but the clog is sure to come back if all the debris isn’t cleared away. Not to mention, drain cleaner is incredibly harmful to the environment, so you’ll be far better off with a professional plumber clearing your drains.
Hiring a professional plumber ensures the correct cleaning methods are being used so your lines aren’t damaged in the process. Our advanced tools and proven methods allow us to deliver clean drains that last much longer than completing DIY plumbing.
Other Drain Services We Provide:
At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, we’re dedicated to providing your plumbing’s drains with all the care and services it needs to stay free of clogs and various types of debris. Our plumbers are trained, licensed, and certified to complete virtually any drain service your home could need.
Routine professional maintenance can be the key to saving you from future plumbing visits, slow moving drains, and growing frustration. Having regular drain maintenance performed will keep your system’s water flowing the way it should, as well as save you money and time and avoid having to call us out for a major drain clog.
Drain Repair & Installation
We’re proud to offer professional drain repair and installation services for all types of projects. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your home’s drains, finish the new bathroom remodel, or need one fixed in the home, our team has the experience, tools, and know-how to deliver drain services that make life easier.
When you have a clog in your drain, let our team perform the proper drain clearing services. Using proven methods, we’ll break down the clog in your system and clear away any debris that is left behind. This ensures your whole line is free of debris and reduces the chance the clog comes back. Our drain clearing services leave your drain like it’s brand new!
Hydro Jetting is a revolutionary system of drain cleaning that utilizes streams of highly pressurized water to cut through the debris trapped in your system, including tree roots! This method of drain cleaning offers a thorough clean of your pipes and system, removes nasty and harmful bacteria in your system, and presents a much more long-lasting, cost-effective method than traditional drain cleaning methods.
Relining and Trenchless Repair & Installation
If your system needs pipe relining or installation, our team can help. We offer both traditional and trenchless sewer and water line relining, repair, and installation. Time and time again, homeowners celebrate our trenchless repair due to the minimal excavation required and quick results it offers. Our team will always offer you all of the options available to you with upfront pricing.
Camera and Video Inspections
Regardless of the kind of clog or blockage your system may be experiencing, our team can easily take the guesswork out of what’s going on. Utilizing advanced camera and video inspection gear and technology, our plumbers can conduct a visual inspection of your sewer and drain lines. This also provides a chance to see plumbing that is underground or out of sight with ease.
Drain Cleaning Frequently Asked Questions
Clean and clear drains are crucial to your home’s comfort, health, and safety. If you’re concerned about your drains, or the services our team provides, check out some of these frequently asked questions:
Is Drain Cleaning Necessary for Every Clog?
Yes! Drain cleaning is necessary for every clog if you want the clog to go away completely. Not cleaning the drain, and just removing the clog, gives your water room to flow again but leaves nasty gunk and leftover debris behind. Drain cleaning ensures that your drain is completely clear of all debris.
How Often Should I Schedule a Drain Cleaning?
It is recommended to schedule a drain cleaning at least once every few years. This may change depending on the frequency of use your system sees, the volume it handles, and age. Additionally, if your property sees heavy rainfall, you’ll want your outdoor and basement drains cleaned more often.
How Do I Prevent Drain Clogs in the Future?
There are a few steps you can take to prevent clogs from happening in the future. Some ways to prevent drain clogs after our drain cleaning services include:
- Keep inorganic materials, oil, and other select items out of your drains
- Utilize affordable drain covers, screens, and traps to protect openings
- Run hot water down the drain regularly to clear debris
- Schedule professional drain cleaning on a routine basis
Can A Plunger Scratch My Toilet?
While plungers are made up of soft, rubberized material, too much thrust downward can cause marks, scratches, and other cosmetic damage. In case your toilet has scratches from plunging, there are many guides available online on how to easily restore its shine.
Is Drano Safe for my Toilet and Plumbing?
With one search of the web, you’ll find that the majority – if not all – professional plumbers advise against using Drano and any other drain cleaning chemical solutions of the sort. The chemical reaction that occurs in your toilet, drain, or plumbing heats up very hot, inflicting damage on the lining of your plumbing.
Additionally, Drano doesn’t always work. If you have standing water, use Drano, and it doesn’t work, you’ll then have a fixture full of hazardous chemicals. This makes it more difficult to clear away the obstruction.
Do Plungers Work?
Yes – when used correctly! Whether you’re dealing with a clogged toilet or sink, a sturdy plunger should be able to move your clog along and restore the flow of water.
Here are the proper steps of using a plunger:
- Place the plunger directly atop the drain to create a proper seal.
- Push the plunger up and down for around half a minute while maintaining the seal created
- Release seal and run a test
- Repeat if needed
What Type of Plunger Should I Use?
There are a variety of plungers available in your local hardware or department store. Some of the most popular types of plungers offered include:
- Cup Style – The cup plunger can also be called a classic plunger. With a red rubber cup and wooden stick, cup style plungers work the best on sinks or other flat surfaces.
- Flange Style – Also called a toilet plunger, these plugs have a cup at the end that fits perfectly in the toilet drain. This can be used on any drain and makes it easy to form the necessary seal to clear both minor and major clogs.
- Accordion Plunger – Similar to the flange style, accordion plungers are odd to look at but pack a punch. While it’s not great for every drain in the home, it does best handling toilet clogs due to the increased suction created.
While the basic plunger provides you a cheap option for virtually any situation, it doesn’t give you the extra power needed to handle big clogs. For this reason, we recommend going with the flange style of plunger for your clogs around the house. This ensures you’re able to create a good seal on any drain you need remedied.
Fast Response Times and Emergency Availability for Drain Cleaning. Call Today!
Do you need drain cleaning services? Give the team at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing a call. Our team of professional plumbers, equipped with some of the best tools in the industry, can ensure your drains are cleaned and free of clogs. With fast response times, prompt service, and emergency availability , there’s no question why Benjamin Franklin Plumbing gets chosen time and time again over other drain cleaning and plumbing companies.
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