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FAQ About Drain Cleaning


One of the important plumbing services we offer is professional drain cleaning. It’s also a service that people often have questions about: Should they schedule drain cleaning only for removing a clog or should it be done more often? Do they really need professionals for this job? We’d like to address these questions and a few others so you’ll know when (and why) to schedule drain cleaning in Corona, CA with our experienced plumbing team. We don’t charge by the hour, we charge by the job!

Is drain cleaning necessary for every clog?

No. There are some basic clogs you can clear out with a plunger or a simple hand-cranked drain snake. If neither of these work, or the problem returns frequently, you’ll need more extensive drain cleaning work from professionals to tackle the problem.

How often should I schedule drain cleaning?

We recommend you make drain cleaning a routine maintenance job for your home. Instead of waiting for clogs to start up, you can take a proactive approach and have our plumbers take care of the drain cleaning regularly. For most homes, we advise doing drain cleaning once a year. In person we can give you more a more detailed schedule based on your needs.

Do I Need Professionals? Or, Can’t I Use Liquid Drain Cleaner?

We understand that something on a store shelf called “drain cleaner” sounds like a tempting shortcut. These chemical cleaners are advertised as inexpensive miracle cures for drains. They are anything but. In fact, no professional plumber uses these chemicals or advises others to use them on drains. They are inefficient solutions that only gnaw through obstructions and don’t actually clean out the drain. The acidic chemicals can also harm drainpipes and leave behind toxic residue and fumes. Leave the chemicals on the shelf—because you need a professional plumber for this job.

What can a professional plumber do for drain cleaning?

Or to put it another way, “What have professionals got that I haven’t got?” Aside from training and experience, professional plumbers have access to specialized tools that can provide complete drain cleaning without using caustic chemicals. Motorized drain snakes are one useful professional tool. But perhaps the most important piece of equipment available is the hydro-jetter. A hydro-jetter blasts out high-pressure jets of water along the interior of the drainpipe that scours away almost all types of buildup, from hair and soap scum to hard water deposits and fats, oils, and grease.

How can I prevent drain clogs in the first place?

If there are drains in your house that don’t have drain covers (strainers) on them, we recommend purchasing them. They are especially helpful for bathroom drains, where they catch hair that is one of the biggest causes of clogged up drains. In the kitchen, make sure to pour fats, oils, and grease into a separate container rather than down the drains or the disposal. And, of course, you can schedule routine drain cleaning with us—that’s the easiest way to have problem-free drains during the year.

Unclog and clean your drains with a call to our plumbers. At Sweetwater Plumbing, We’re Always Open for Business.

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