How Long Does Drain Cleaning Take to Complete?

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What do you do when you have a clog in your drains? While pouring acid based drain cleaner into the drain may seem fast and easy, this shaves years off your pipe’s lifespan. The acid in these drains destroys the lining of your sewer pipes. That’s why smart homeowners choose professional drain cleaners to restore their pipes quickly.

Drain cleaning from the professionals just takes a couple of hours. You can expect your cleaning company to finish the task in less than three hours. In those three hours, we install all the drain cleaning equipment. This includes a hose, attached to a specialized machine and a water tank. The hose goes into your sewer pipes and pumps high pressure water through the pipes, cleaning them of debris and waste.

The process of pumping water through the drains (at around 20 gallons per minute) takes around an hour to complete, and after the dirt debris, roots, hair, oil, and other waste is thoroughly flushed out of the system, the technician does a final sewer camera inspection within an hour. This is done to make sure that your sewer pipes are properly clean and ensure that all of the blockages are carefully removed.

Because of the speed at which drain cleaning can be completed, it is absolutely recommended for completely cleaning your pieps. The store-bought drain cleaner solutions usually lasts for a week, or even less. You will find yourself repeating the same steps again after a few days. After a hydro-jetting session, you won’t require any cleaning for the next six months or longer depending on the care given to your pipes.

You can delay your drains from clogging and help speed up the process of drain cleaning sessions by doing the following:

  • Take care of what you flush down the drains. Most of the time, we accidentally flush down small food particles down the drain when washing our dishes. While it’s impossible to just allow water to pass through the drains, we can still throw out the leftovers in the garbage before washing. Also, some people are in the habit of flushing water toilet paper, condoms, sanitary napkins etc down their toilet bowl. Your toilet isn’t supposed to be a wastepaper basket. Avoid this since they collect inside your sewer pipes and lead to blockage.
  • Install a Drain catcher. A drain catcher keeps the big particles from doing down your drains. It does half the job of preventing a drain clog.
  • Pour hot water in your drains frequently. Every other day, boil a kettle of water and pour it down the drain. The hot water dissolves part of the clogs and it’s much safer than store-bought drain cleaners. Smart measures like these work as preventive measures in your home maintenance routine.

Want to ask a professional how long does drain cleaning take to complete, call our experts at Bob Oates. We will give you an accurate estimate of how long we will take to clean your drains, depending on the nature and extent of the clog.

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