What is Sewer Cleaning? Sewer Cleaning (sometimes spelled as “sink cleaning”) is the act of removing build-up from sewer pipes and/or blocked storm water drains. A clog in a drain can cause unpleasant odors, foul smells, a backed up toilet, and the potential for overflowing sewerage. This can also lead to serious flooding, which demands immediate attention and repair.
A typical sewer cleaning process can be achieved with manual techniques and with specialized equipment. Manual sewer cleaning can be performed by an individual using a plunger tool to manually clear out clogs. In older toilets and plumbing systems, a simple drain cleaner flush can usually do the job. For more severe clogs, such as those resulting from tree roots, animal feces, or other types of obstructions, a plumber’s snake can be an effective solution. In older systems without pipes made of PVC or copper, the drain cleaner may need to be used in conjunction with an appropriate plumbing repair contractor.
For smaller clogs, such as kitchen sink or bathroom cistern problems, a simple household sewer cleaning approach may suffice. Using a toilet plunger can sometimes do the trick. If toilet or drain pipes are clear of obstructions, using a plunger to open the pipes and clear the clog can often be enough to solve the problem. For larger clogs, a professional sewer cleaning company might be needed.
Sewer Cleaning by Professionals Many homeowners mistakenly think that they can do their own sewer cleaning without a professional plumbing service. This can be a dangerous and costly error. While some home remedies, such as household vinegar and baking soda, can effectively loosen some blockages, they often don’t remove deeper seated obstructions. In many cases, a professional plumbing service must be sought to properly remove even the most stubborn blockages. Some homeowners might attempt to clean a blockage with household bleach or lemon juice, but these methods can be dangerous and usually have little effect.
Plumbing issues should always be handled by a licensed professional. Not only do they possess the necessary equipment and knowledge for proper sewer cleaning, but plumbing codes differ depending on the state in which the home is located. New York City in particular has specific plumbing code requirements. A plumbing contractor has experience and expertise in dealing with drainage problems and issues that involve clogs and blockages. In the case of toilets, main sewer lines may be repaired by a licensed plumber.
Some homeowners try to solve the problem themselves by plunging toilet heads or scrubbing toilets floors. However, strong vinegar and other chemicals can damage pipes, especially around faucets and in older toilets. To avoid this problem, a professional plumber should be consulted. This is because even minimal damage to sewer lines requires the immediate inspection, repair and replacement of faulty sections. In the case of an older toilet, it may be better to replace the drain trap, main sewer line, trap stop and main trap all at the same time. In New York City, a licensed plumber is needed to handle any sewage issues related to toilets.