Most of us have experienced that “Oh, no” combination of panic and dread when a kitchen or bathroom drain gets clogged. Often, the more serious clogs accumulate little by little — a situation made worse by neglect and constant use — until the blockage is complete, and nothing will flow down the kitchen or bathroom drain. When the water stops draining, a professional drain cleaning is your best option.
Problems can also develop in a sewer line. Tree roots can grow into a line, eventually blocking it entirely, or the line can become cracked. You become aware of the issue only when the drain in your basement backs up, threatening to send foul water all over the floor. In this situation, you need a professional who can quickly and correctly diagnose the problem and get the line fixed.
Once you’ve experienced either situation, you know that a qualified, expert and trustworthy plumber is invaluable. An expert plumber can inspect your drainage system from your sink or toilet all the way to your septic tank or municipal sewer hook-up. He has access to the right equipment for the job, such as pressure tools, mechanical augers and powerful hydro jet systems that can cut or blast away accumulated sludge, tree roots, paper, grease and other stubborn obstructions. Just as important, he has the training necessary to precisely diagnose the problem. Once he has resolved the issue, he can explain what happened and help you keep your drains and lines clear.
In the end, the best drain-cleaning solution is prevention, so you should always be aware of what you’re sending into your drains. Don’t flush excess paper or foreign objects down your toilet. Install drain catches in sinks and tubs to capture large particles and keep them out of the pipes. Avoid overloading the drain system, and try to keep as much grease, oil and related material out of it as possible. At the same time, know where your sewer line is located, and keep trees and other plants with sophisticated root systems away from it.
Unfortunately, you’re often forced to call a plumber only when there’s an emergency. This isn’t the best time to choose a plumber. Instead, check out plumbing services ahead of time, and have a contractor on hand before you’re forced to make that emergency call. At Apollo Home Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, we take pride in the expert repair and installation service we’ve provided since 1910. Contact us today for more information on the benefits of professional drain cleaning. Our goal is helping you keep your home systems running smoothly.
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"Ernie & Mike did a superb job on my new furnace and A/C installation. Despite having more than a day’s work to do, they came in and stayed until the job was done. They were organized, efficient, and protected the rest of the house well. Got both furnace and A/C installed the same day. Ernie was courteous, informative, and clearly knew his job better than anyone I’ve encountered before. The units look so good guests now get The Tour of our new system. Apollo is clearly not a fly-by-night company. I would recommend them to anyone in need of a new furnace and/or A/C."
- Jerry A.
"I called Apollo because of a water leak I thought I had in our upstairs shower going into the kitchen. Robbie came and assured me everything was fine & looked at all the other plumbing. He ended up changing a few pipes for our washer & clearing a drain. He was very nice & knowledgeable with all my questions. I ended up signing up for the care plan & was very happy with my service."
- Cassandra B.
"The team at Apollo exceeded my expectations. As a business owner, my attention to the details and commitment to providing excellent service is high. From the sales rep. to the installation team, everyone’s performance was outstanding. For example, the installation team went to great lengths to protect our floors, placing floor runners and across the wood floors and up the stairs. They even were spot washing walls upon their departure. I highly recommend this company."
- Randy B.
"We scheduled an estimate AND a tune-up. We knew something was wrong with our furnace, but hoped we could make it through the rest of the season. Upon telling Bill what our furnace was doing, he warned us immediately what the possible outcome was going to be; a cracked heat exchanger. He watched the flames roll backward, tested carbon monoxide levels, which were so high they meter’s last reading was 5,600 before saying “high”. He immediately shut it down, tagged it, and explained that with levels that high and children in our home he wanted off right away. He continued his inspection and showed us via a camera that not only was it cracked in multiple places, but had holes all over it. He gave us a few options for repairing it; his knowledge as well as genuine concern was beneficial and refreshing. Luckily we also scheduled an estimator, Micah, to come too and we were able to get costs between repairing and replacing (with several options). We decided to replace with a much higher efficiency furnace and one sized properly to our home. Hands down, not only did they both provide us great service and knowledge, but without sounding dramatic, they may have saved our lives. This was our first time calling Apollo, but it won’t be our last."
- Sarah B.
"Apollo is an excellent company. I always receive great service. Alex A. was professional and friendly. He kept me informed during the process of checking my furnace and heat pump to make sure they were working properly. The company makes sure you are notified who is coming and when they are on the way. All my interactions with the company have been wonderful."
- Beverly S.