Common questions and answers regarding Drain & Sewer Cleaning in Tucson
My drain clog caused a flood in my bathroom, do you clean it up?
Yes, we can help clean it up. Here at Plumber of Tucson, we not only provide plumbing and drain service but also water damage cleanup from sewer or drain overflows. We will extract the sewage and neutralize the area. If damage occurs from the water, don’t worry, we can fix that too.
How do your prices compare to other drain cleaning services in Tucson?
Our drain cleaning service in Tucson is one of the lowest in town. This is because we work off of referrals and word of mouth. We don’t spend tons of money on advertising, therefore keeping our overheads down and passing on that savings to you.
After flushing my toilet, it backed up in the shower- Why is this?
Each drain will connect into a larger drain at some point in the home. When the larger drain clogs it will often backup in the lowest point of the home. Because shower and tub drains are at the floor level, this is often one of the lowest points in the home.
Why do I hear a gurgling in my kitchen drain after running my laundry?
Typically, the laundry and the kitchen drain tie-in together before connecting into the main drain. When one clogs, you may hear gurgling in the other drain because they are connected.
Why does my sewer line clog multiple times a year?
Main sewer lines often clog due to tree roots. If your clog repeatedly happens, you may have a tree root issue. A sewer camera can inspect the inside of the drain diagnosing the cause of backup. If you suspect roots have invaded your sewer line, we can conduct a sewer camera inspection for you.
Why does one toilet bubble when other is flushed?
This is a symptom of a clog in the main drain or a clog in the vent not allowing the drain lines to breathe. Often, toilet lines are connected and then run into a larger drain. When this larger drain clogs, it can affect more than one toilet. The gurgle is usually one toilet attempting to get air so it can flush. Because there is water backed up in the drain, the toilet gurgles.
How do you get rid of tree roots inside my sewer line?
The only way to stop roots from entering a sewer line is to repair that section with new pipe and fittings. Alternatively, if you have a large root mass that has grown inside the drain, you can use a root cutting drain machine to cut out the roots, then flush the pipe with high pressure water jetting to clean the drain. Once the roots have been successfully cut back, you can inject a foaming root killer in the drain to help stunt the growth of roots. Although this method is effective at not allowing the tree roots to return as often, this method won’t keep them out forever.
Why does my toilet bubble when shower drains?
This is commonly due to a main drain blockage. When the water drains from your sewer line it needs air to allow the water to travel down the pipe. If the drain is clogged, then the air flow can also be blocked. The toilet can bubble or gurgle as it is attempting to get air so it can allow the drain to breathe and drain out successfully.
Can you clear my drain if I don’t have a cleanout?
Yes. There are multiple ways to clear a drain. We can go from a p-trap under the sink, or a cleanout from a different branch drain. Alternatively, we can access the drain from a roof vent.
What happens if my drain is broken?
We can repair it. Here at Plumber of Tucson, we carry trenchless sewer replacement technology. This means if your drain is damaged, broken, corroded, or leaking, we can often fix it without needing to dig it up. Learn more about trenchless sewer repair in Tucson here.
Do you provide drain camera service?
Yes, we do. We offer a wide range of drain camera services throughout Tucson. We can inspect small drains and large sewers. We use high definition CCTV equipment to see inside the drain. We can also locate the path of the pipe and pinpoint problem areas down to the inch. Need to know where to dig? We can handle it. Do you suspect a problem within your pipes? Let us know, we can help using drain and sewer camera technology.
What kind of equipment do you use for drain cleaning?
We employ various forms of equipment for drain cleaning. From standard rooter machines to high pressure water jetting equipment. We also carry specialized root cutting machines and cast iron de-scaling equipment. This allows us to handle pretty much any drain issue you have. We carry small machines for tubs and showers and large sewer cleaning machines for commercial projects. If you have a drain problem, we can fix it.
How Much Does it Cost to Unclog/Snake a Main Sewer Line in Tucson?
Cost for unclogging a main sewer line ranges from $149 to $357. The price can vary based on the sewer access, location of the cleanout, composition of sewer, the length of sewer, and difficulty of the clog.
How Often Should Sewer Pipes Be Cleaned?
Sewer pipes shouldn’t need routine maintenance, unless there is a mechanical failure in the sewer system that causes persistent clogs. A mechanical failure could be a root intrusion that has invaded the sewer line, a sewer line that has reverse grade (when the sewer line slopes the wrong way) or a “belly” or there is a broken, cracked, or missing section of sewer pipe.
If you don’t have a mechanical failure in your sewer pipe, there isn’t a reason to have the sewer cleaned. If you are experiencing routine clogs in your sewer, it’s best to have a plumber use a sewer camera to inspect and identify the cause of routine blockages.
How Do I Clear My Main Sewer Line?
Clearing your main sewer line requires the use of drain/snake equipment. This equipment can be rented from places such as Home Depot. To help you best, use YouTube to learn how to operate a drain/snake machine and ascertain if it’s something you can comfortably handle without calling a plumber. If you need a plumber to unclog your main sewer line, we’re more than happy to help. Give us a call today.
How Much Does it Cost to Clean Your Drains?
Drain cleaning service is usually in the range of $149 to $357. Drains can clog for various reasons and the equipment needed to clean/unclog your drain can affect the price.
Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Clogged Sewer Lines?
Although coverages for properties can vary, as can insurance company policies, we usually find that most homeowners insurance doesn’t cover clogged sewer lines in the Tucson area.
How Do I Know if My Main Sewer Line is Clogged?
Since all the drains within the home connect to the main sewer line, multiple drains will be affected when your main sewer line is clogged. The easiest way to tell if the main sewer line is clogged is by running water down a sink, shower/tub, or by flushing the toilet and see if water rises or backs up in the shower/tub. If you flush your toilet and you see water in the shower/tub, then your main sewer line is clogged. If you run water down your kitchen drain and your toilet gurgles, then your main sewer line is clogged.
Can a Plumber Unclog a Sewer Line?
Not all plumbers provide sewer clearing service, however, most of them do. If you need a Plumber in Tucson to unclog your sewer line, count on us at Plumber of Tucson.
Is a Clogged Sewer Line an Emergency?
As long as you don’t continue to use the water a sewer line clog can wait until a plumber can arrive to help. The sewer will not continue to overflow as long as you discontinue the use of water in the house. That includes not running wash machines, dishwashers, or flushing toilets.