Expert Drain Cleaning & Unclogging in San Francisco Peninsula, CA
When you have a slow, clogged, or foul-smelling drain, it’s never a pleasant experience. However, when you call George Salet Plumbing, we’ll be there to get your plumbing system back in working order in the shortest time possible. Our drain cleaning services can help you fix and prevent clogged drain problems from happening again in the future.
It takes a qualified technician to find the source of a drain problem. Our local San Francisco plumbers have worked in the area for over 40 years. We know where to look for the source of blockages and stoppages. Even if the problem goes to the sewer line, we’ll find it, fix it, and finish the job as quickly and cleanly as possible.
Hydro Jetting Drain Cleaning Service
Whether you run a business or a large, busy household, you know that grease, soap residue, and sand can create some truly formidable clogs. To clear the most heavy-duty clogs, you need real force. At George Salet Plumbing, we offer hydro-jetting, an advanced form of drain cleaning that uses a special hose and jet nozzle to scour away the toughest grime, debris, and clogs with high-velocity water.
Drain Cleaning FAQs
The best way to clean out a drain depends on the blockage’s type, size, and depth. Certain minor clogs, like hair in your shower drain or routine toilet clogs, can be fixed with a plunger, handheld snake, or hot water. If you try simple mechanical cleaning and it doesn’t work, call the plumbing pros at George Salet before attempting more DIY work.
We recommend avoiding liquid drain cleaners. The chemicals in solutions like Drano and Liquid Plumbr are caustic, meaning they can eat away at even the toughest pipe materials. They can also pose health and safety hazards, as they are harmful to the skin and can have unpredictable reactions to other cleaning solutions. It’s best to use mechanical means or call George Salet Plumbing!
Hydro jetting is gaining popularity as a drain cleaning method because it not only clears blockages but cleans the pipes while doing so. That said, every plumbing situation is unique. Your local plumber will know the right solution to your unique problem. That’s why it’s best to call George Salet for helpful advice, free estimates, and honest, clean, and skilled work!
These days, a Rooter is a generic name for a drain cleaning machine. The man that invented the rooter machine did so to clear clogged drains that were blocked from tree roots that had wrapped themselves around sewer pipes and stopped them from functioning. Believe it or not, the founder of a well known Rooter Company, Sam Blanc, and his son Milton were so upset by a clogged drain in an apartment they had rented in Iowa that they were compelled to invent a sewer cleaning machine that would unclog the drains.
Initially, they actually used an assembly of steel cable, a washing machine motor, and roller skate wheels to invent what is now called the plumbers snake. This device was an incredible advance in the field of plumbing, and after the initial launch, the term Rooter stuck as a name for a sewer drain cleaning machine that cuts roots. Before the invention of the rooter machine, if your pipes or toilet were clogged you had to dig up the yard to find the problem.
When You need your drains cleaned Call a Plumbing Professional. At George Salet Plumbing, you will know the name of your plumber and who to call if the job isn’t done to your complete satisfaction. That’s our guarantee.
The reason we can stick by that promise is because we are local plumbers that have worked in the area for more than thirty years. We are not a corporation that employs workers who dart in and out of jobs and then disappear. Trust us to have the equipment that will get your pipes and drainage systems in working order very quickly.
Hydro jetting just means that you are cleaning your drains with extreme water pressure. Hydro jetting is different from snaking or other types of drain cleaning because it requires heavier equipment and has to be done professionally. Hydro jetting is usually needed for commercial properties like restaurants or hospitals, but it can work for residences as well.
The kind of water pressure that can clean your clogged drains usually has a pressure that is between 1500 to 4000 pounds per minute. This kind of water pressure will usually clear out the kind of grease, sand, and sediment that has built up in your drains. This is the kind of buildup that causes your sinks and dishwasher to back up. No one likes filthy water to come back up on them in the place where they wash their hands or their dishes. This is why it is important to get a hydro jetting job done by your local plumber if you suspect that you have clogged pipes caused by something like grease.
The jetting tool works in two ways: First, the jetting tool has a high water pressure stream that cleans your pipes while it moves forward. Second, the way the jetting tool moves down the pipes is because it is propelled forward by reverse water jets. These reverse water jets work along with the forward water jet to break up all of the obstructions in your drain pipes. This is because there are about 6 to 8 reverse water jets that work to break up the blockage in you drain. The reverse water jets are really what work to break up the blockage in your drain when the forward nozzle is pulled back against the rear water jets to create a force that will clean any drain without having to perform major construction on your pipes.
Your local plumber may also have some other solutions that you may not have considered. This is why it’s better to call them and get some useful information, and also a free estimate before you do any major construction work on your property that involves working on the drains.
Grease is one of the most common problems for backed up drains – and there are two reasons for this. The first reason is the food that you put down the garbage disposal; and the second reason is washing dishes, pots and pans that have grease on them. We answer calls almost every day from a person who doesn’t understand why their drains are clogged when they think that they have been careful with the way they treat their garbage disposal, the kitchen sink and the dishwasher.
The fact of the matter is that no matter how careful you are with food, grease will build up in your drain pipes. This is because we all use some kind of olive oil, or corn oil when we cook and it has to be washed off of the dishes. As well, if you cook any kind of meat, it will give off grease that will clog your pipes when you wash the dishes. Obviously, you probably use hot water when you wash the dishes, but the hot water cools off when it contacts with the colder piping in the lower parts of your plumbing and this is what starts the grease buildup in your drains.
The grease that you wash down your pipes only starts with a thin film that coats the insides of them, but it eventually collects and builds into a blockage that can only be cleaned out by a professional plumber. If you suspect that your drain pipes are slowing down, it is better to call a professional plumber right away rather than wait until a real problem develops.
If you make meals in your home, unfortunately, there isn’t any way to prevent grease from slipping down the drain. In reality, grease is just a fact of life, and unclogging your drains is a regular part of home maintenance. You can prevent clogged drains from all kinds of things (like if there is to much hair in the drain) but you will still eventually have to call a professional plumber, no matter how careful you are.
‘What is flushable’ is generally a question that children ask when they are playing around and want to see what can be flushed down the toilet. With children, this could be a science experiment gone wrong and could really mess up your plumbing. In fact, you may even have to replace your toilet and drains if your child decides to repeatedly flush toys or other objects down the toilet. If you purchase a home and you have children, it is always a good idea to educate them that the only things that should go down the toilet are the right amount of toilet paper and the normal amount of human waste.
However, adults are just as much at fault when it comes to clogging toilets that have to be professionally rescued. It’s really amazing about how many calls we have received over the years because of what homeowners have decided to flush down their toilets. There is a whole list of items that you should not flush down your toilet, but there is a simple rule to follow: Only use the toilet for its intended purpose. Honestly, you do not want to have a toilet clogged while you call a plumber and wait for them to take the time to come to your home in an emergency.
After our 30 years in the field, here are some of the things that we have had to retrieve in order to get a homeowner’s toilet working again:
- Paper Towels
- Feminine Products
- Dental Floss
And would you even believe Persimmons? At George Salet Plumbing, we have definitely seen it all. So do yourself a favor and throw everything that isn’t flushable in the garbage. As well, check out our helpful section on what can’t go down the garbage disposal. That way, you will only see us when we need to install your new refrigerator, gas line, or faucets.
Some signs that your drains need cleaning include slow drainage, gurgling sounds, foul odors, and backups.
Yes, you can clean your drains yourself using various methods such as using a plunger, drain snake, or baking soda and vinegar solution. However, if the problem is severe, it’s best to call a professional plumber.
It’s recommended to clean your drains at least once a year to prevent buildup and potential clogs.
To prevent clogs in your drains, avoid pouring grease, oils, and food scraps down your kitchen sink, and use drain covers to catch hair and debris in your bathroom sinks and showers.
If your drain is completely clogged, it’s best to call a professional plumber to avoid causing further damage to your pipes.