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Drain Inspection and Drain Cleaning Explained

At Courtesy Plumbing and Heating in Colorado, we understand the importance of maintaining your sewer and drain system year-round. Cities throughout Colorado rely on their drainage systems to run smoothly all year for residents and tourists who visit our breathtaking state. Regularly maintaining your drains is vital to your residential, commercial, or municipal property because drains allow us to do everyday tasks like flush the toilet, run the dishwasher, and water the landscape. It can be intimidating to think about taking care of such a major part of your property on your own, which is why we are here to tell you that you don’t have to. Our team is proud to serve areas across Colorado with drain inspection and cleaning services that make it easier for you to lengthen the lifespan of your pipes.

Why DIY Methods of Drain Cleaning Are Bad for Colorado Properties

When experiencing a drain issue, it can seem like the best solution may be to run out to your nearest home improvement store and purchase a do-it-yourself cleaner. While this may appear to solve the problem for the moment, this is not a viable or safe solution for your pipelines in the long-term. At home drain cleaners contain harmful chemicals that coat the interior of your pipes and can cling there for a long time. The chemicals not only move through your system, but they can also back up into your fixtures if there is a major untreated clog and contaminate your kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, or tubs - potentially harming your family, pets, employees, or customers. Pouring harmful drain cleaners down your pipelines also does not tell you where the source of your drain issue is, meaning it could be located anywhere within your system. Drain issues can be caused by a variety of problems, most of which cannot be solved with a chemical solution. In fact, harsh drain cleaners will often cause the problem to become more severe resulting in costly damages down the line. Calling a professional to assist you in the sewer and drain repair process is best option for your property as it will save you money in the long-term.

Drain Inspection and Drain Cleaning Explained

Camera Inspections for Colorado Drains

Drain inspections are one of the most important services we offer at Courtesy Plumbing. Before any cleaning service or repair is performed, the source of the problem needs to be identified and located within your pipes. Sewer camera inspections are a part of trenchless industry technologies that allow us to serve our customers in the most efficient way possible. The creation of waterproof cameras allows for an intimate inspection of your sewer pipes, giving us all of the information we need to create a repair plan. The sewer camera inspection process begins with a specialized pipe expert finding the cleanout hole on your property. Nearly every drainage system has a cleanout point that allows for procedures like camera inspections to be performed. Cleanouts are pipe fittings that are easily opened and closed which allows for an entrance point into your drainage system. If for some reason the cleanout does not provide access to the troublesome pipe a member of our team will dig a strategically placed access point that provide access to your drain system.

After the access point is established, a technician will insert an extremely flexible rod with a high-resolution camera attached to it into your pipeline. The rod the camera is attached to is so flexible that it can move through the most complex pipe systems. The reliability of the rod is essential for commercial or municipal properties because they often have more complicated pipelines. As the camera moves through your drain, it provides our team with a live feed of your pipe’s interior. Our technicians rely on the crisp, clear view of your pipes to reveal the age of your system along with the type of build-up or damage your pipes are experiencing. In addition, drain inspections can reveal a variety of problems like blockages, clogs, cracks, and leaks. When the drain inspection process is over, the technician will save your inspection and put it into your personal file we keep for our records. Then, we will discuss the best cleaning, repair, and replacement services with you.

Sewer Inspection and Sewer Cleaning Explained

Cost of Drain Inspections CO

Drain inspections eliminate the need for blindly searching through your pipes to determine what issues you are experiencing. It would be nearly impossible to properly identify a pipe problem precisely without sewer camera inspections. Camera inspection technology allows for a quick and easy assessment of your sewer and drain system. The average price of drain inspections in Colorado is about $150. This is a great investment in the health of your pipe system, as it allows us to quickly identify any existing problems and treat them before they become major expenses. The price of a sewer camera inspection also depends on the scale of the system that needs to be serviced. A residential system will be easier to inspect because it is servicing a smaller structure. A commercial or municipal property, however, will be more difficult to inspect because they service large structures that require systems to be designed in more complex ways. We specialize in servicing a wide range of buildings including homes, apartments, condos, grocery stores, office complexes, shopping malls, city buildings, and hotels.

Benefits of Drain Inspections

Colorado sewer and drain systems are subject to many different factors that can causes issues within your pipes. Blockages, clogs, cracks, and leaks all have different qualities that impact which solution is correct for your drain problems. If it is determined that there is a smaller clog within your pipe it can often be taken care of through a simple snaking. Smaller clogs are easier to locate and, often, do not have larger implications that need to be considered. If there is a harder blockage within your pipes, hydro jetting may be necessary to wipe out the issue in one fell swoop. In cases where leaks, cracks, or completely damaged pipes are found, more intensive trenchless repairs will be recommended. It is our job to assist customers in a timely and respectful manner that properly solves your drain issues.

Pipe Inspection and Pipe Cleaning Explained

Drain Cleaning Services

At Courtesy Plumbing and Heating, we specialize in a variety of drain cleaning services. Snaking and hydro jetting are two of our most reliable drain cleaning methods that provide customers with lasting solutions to their drain cleaning needs.

Drain Snaking

Snaking is a traditional method of drain cleaning that is easily and quickly performed. Smaller clogs that are closer to the access point of the pipeline best allow for snaking to be utilized. A plumber’s snake is a flexible and slender auger that dislodges pesky clogs. Drain snakes can come in a variety of sizes and lengths depending on the scale of the pipe or clogs it is servicing. There are three types of drain snakes that can be utilized for different situations: the drain snake, the mini-rooter, and the sewer auger.

  • The drain snake is the smallest of the drain-cleaning augers. It can be referred to as the drum snake or top snake. The drain snake is primarily used for clogs located from washing machines, bathtubs, sinks, and showers. The cable for this snake is about 25 to 50 feet and has a corkscrew tip for hooking debris. Drain snakes can be manual or electric with a mechanism to spin the corkscrew around.

  • A medium drain machine or mini-rooter is the next largest version of a sewer auger. The mini-rooter includes a cable that about 50 to 75 feet long. It is an electric snake that spins a cable so it catches the debris, and it includes various heads that can tackle a variety of clogs. Mini-rooters are great for medium-sized clogs and services larger drains than the drum snake. This snake is not meant for showers or bathtubs because it has the ability to damage the trap underneath it.

  • The largest snaking tool we use is the sewer auger, which is a professional-grade machine used to clean large drains and sewer lines. It can clear anything from a residential drain buried under a house to your city’s sewer main. The heavy-duty electric motor requires a 100-foot-long cable. This is the most common snake used when professionally servicing your main sewer lines and large drains.

Hydro Jetting

While snaking is a highly reliable form of drain cleaning, there can be larger calcified clogs, debris buildup, and invading tree roots that require a different cleaning service. Hydro jetting is an affordable and environmentally-friendly drain cleaning service that uses clean water to flush out your sewer and drain system. The hydro jetting process begins with our technician inserting a hose with a special multi-directional nozzle into your drain pipe. When the hose is properly inserted, high-pressure water will be sprayed into the pipe in all directions to clear the pipe of troublesome blockages. The water pressure is powerful enough to clear out the toughest tree roots but not so powerful that it will cause damage to your pipes. When the hose has moved all the way through your pipes, the interior of your pipes will be clean and restored to their former functionality. The high-pressure drain cleaning technique of hydro jetting removes all build up within your drain and sewer lines.

Hydro jetting is not necessarily a once a year service, but one that should be relied on regularly to ensure your drain health. It can be performed on various types of pipes from storm drains to sewer systems and on materials like PVC, iron, orangeburg, and concrete. Our team wants to help home and business owners stay proactive when it comes to their drain health instead of reactive when a problem occurs. Scheduling regular drain inspections and cleaning can extend the life of your pipes as well as minimize repair and replacement costs.

Drain Repairs in Colorado

Drain cleaning services are highly reliable; however, if the sewer camera inspection reveals leaks or cracks in drain pipes trenchless repairs will be recommended. In the event that pipelines are leaking or cracked, our team will solve the problem with cured-in-place pipe lining or CIPP. Before CIPP is performed, hydro jetting will be done to ensure the interior of your pipe is ready for repair. CIPP is the process where a sleeve saturated with epoxy is pushed through your pipeline coating all interior surfaces of your pipes. It is inserted through the access point that is established during your drain inspection. After the pipe has been completely covered with epoxy it is left for a few hours to harden in place. If heat is used, in this process it will only take about 60 minutes. When the epoxy is done hardening, the sleeve will be removed and there will be a brand-new pipe within your existing one.

When sewer camera inspections reveal severely damaged or collapsed pipes, drain cleaning and CIPP will likely not solve the problem. Trenchless pipe bursting is an innovative technology that allows for drain pipe replacement without any excavation. Pipe bursting involves using a bursting head with a new pipe attached to it which is moved through the length of your damaged pipe. As the bursting head pushes itself through the pipe, it breaks it apart pushing the pieces into surrounding soil. When the bursting head has moved all the way through the old pipe, a brand-new pipe has been successfully laid in the place of your old one. Pipe bursting can also be utilized to increase the diameter of your existing pipes if necessary.

Both CIPP and pipe bursting are modern plumbing technologies that do not require trenches to be dug and refilled across the property. This is important because it keeps driveways, landscapes, roads, streets, and parking lots intact and does not inconvenience Douglas County, Colorado home and business owners in the process.

Call Courtesy Plumbing and Heating Today!

At Courtesy Plumbing and Heating, it is our goal to provide homes and businesses in Castle Rock, Douglas County, Littleton and beyond with reliable, environmentally-friendly, and affordable drain and sewer services. Our team is made up of specialized experts that are eager to solve your drain problems with inspections and cleanings. We will always arrive at your property prepared for whatever we might find. If you are experiencing slow flushing drains, low water pressure, flooding, or leaking, it is time to call professionals for assistance. Even if you are unsure about what is going on within your pipes, give us a call today. Servicing your drains does not have to be inconvenient - let us help you keep your residential, commercial, or municipal property functional year-round.

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