Professional Drain Clearing Services in San Antonio, TX

Quick and Efficient Solutions for Unblocking Your Drains

Shafer Services Plus offers expert drain clearing services to resolve any drainage issues swiftly and effectively. Our skilled team is equipped to handle all types of drain blockages, using state-of-the-art tools and techniques. We are committed to providing prompt, reliable service that minimizes inconvenience and maximizes results, in line with our core values of respect and integrity.

How Do I Know My Home Needs a Drain Clearing?

Knowing when your home needs a drain clearing involves recognizing several key signs that indicate blockages or issues within your drainage system. Here are common indicators:

If you notice any of these signs, it’s advisable to consider professional drain clearing services. Timely intervention can prevent more serious plumbing issues and maintain the health of your home’s drainage system. We’re here to help!

Common Drain Clearing Questions

The cost to unclog a drain can vary based on the severity and location of the clog. On average, homeowners might pay anywhere from $200 to $400. Simple clogs near the drain’s surface may be on the lower end of this range, while deeper or more stubborn blockages, such as those in the main sewer line, can cost more due to the need for specialized equipment and techniques.

Clearing a drain can be done in several ways. For minor clogs, plunging or using a drain snake (also known as a drain auger) can be effective. Chemical drain cleaners are available but should be used cautiously due to their potential to damage pipes and harm the environment. For tougher clogs, professional plumbers might use more advanced methods like motorized drain snakes or hydro jetting, which uses high-pressure water to clear blockages and clean the inside of the pipes.

The frequency of professional drain clearing depends on your usage and the conditions of your plumbing system. Generally, having your drains professionally cleared every one to two years can help maintain their efficiency and prevent major clogs. Homes with older plumbing systems or those prone to issues might benefit from more frequent cleanings.

Blocked drains are often caused by the accumulation of grease, hair, soap scum, food debris, and other materials that build up over time. In bathrooms, hair and soap often cause clogs, while in kitchens, grease and food particles are common culprits. Other causes can include foreign objects being flushed down toilets, mineral buildup in pipes, and tree roots infiltrating sewer lines. Regular cleaning and mindful use of drains can help prevent many of these issues.

For mild drain clogs, home remedies can be effective. A popular method is using a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Pour half a cup of baking soda followed by half a cup of vinegar down the drain, wait about an hour, and then flush with hot water. Another approach is using boiling water, which can help dissolve organic matter and grease. Plungers can also be effective for minor clogs, especially in toilets and sinks. However, these remedies might not work for more severe blockages, and professional intervention may be necessary.

For severe clogs, plumbers often use more advanced techniques than those available for home remedies. Motorized drain snakes, also known as drain augers, are commonly used. These devices can reach deep into pipes to break up or retrieve clogs. Another powerful method is hydro jetting, which uses high-pressure water streams to clear out blockages and clean the insides of pipes. This method is particularly effective for stubborn or recurrent blockages and can also help remove buildup on pipe walls.

Yes, tree roots can infiltrate and block drains, especially in older clay or concrete sewer lines. Roots grow towards the moisture and nutrients in sewer pipes, and once they infiltrate, they can grow rapidly, causing blockages or damage. Plumbers typically use specialized root-cutting tools or hydro jetting to remove the roots. In severe cases, sections of the pipe may need to be replaced. To prevent future issues, pipes may be lined with a root-resistant material, or the offending tree may need to be removed.

Snaking and hydro jetting are two different methods for clearing clogged drains. Snaking involves using a long, flexible metal cable with a spiral coil at the end (the snake) to physically break through a clog. It’s effective for breaking up and removing simple blockages, but it might not fully clear the pipes of residue or buildup. Hydro jetting, on the other hand, uses high-pressure water to not only break up clogs but also thoroughly clean the pipe walls, removing grease, sediment, and other debris. Hydro jetting is generally more effective for severe or recurrent clogs and can also serve as a preventative measure to keep pipes clear.

$93 Drain Clearing Special

What you get from Shafer Services Plus:
  • We will come to your home.
  • We will clean out the mainline (toilet), kitchen sink and laundry drains. Must be an accessible clean out.
  • If the drain is inaccessible additional fees may apply.
  • 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

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