A toilet overflowing or a shower not draining properly can only mean one thing: you have a clogged drain. This is a common problem, no matter how old your home is or how careful you try to be. At ProSolutions Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning we understand the formation of clogs and how to get rid of them! We are a full-service plumbing company that will present a fixed cost upfront, rid your plumbing of clogs, and then clean up any mess we made before we leave!

Got a clog that’s too severe for traditional drain cleaning methods? We also offer hydrojetting solutions!

Signs of a Clogged Drain & How to Prevent Them

Clogged drains are one of the less glamorous problems a homeowner can have. The signs are pretty typical, but sometimes aren’t as obvious as a slow-draining sink:

  • Gurgling after flushing the toilet
  • Sewage backing up in showers when flushing
  • Smells of sewage or other unpleasant odours

Although you probably already know better than to pour grease into a drain, there are a few other steps you should consider taking to help reduce clogs:

  • Consider installing hair traps in each drain around the home to catch any strands when showering or using the sink.
  • Pour boiling water to help keep any solids moving through your pipes, once or twice per month.
  • Add a water purification or filtration system to help remove sediment that builds up in pipes.
  • Schedule regular drain cleaning as preventative maintenance.

Even with your preventive measures, you still run the risk of a clogged drain from time to time. While they can be an annoyance, they don’t have to impact your home. With a little help from our plumbers, you can have free-flowing plumbing in no time!

The Benefits of Professional Drain Cleaning

If you notice that your sink is not draining well or that you’re always standing in old shower water, it may be tempting to purchase chemical drain cleaner to solve the problem. Don’t do this! Sure, we are a plumbing company, but we also want you and your family to stay safe–and these chemicals are everything but safe!

Store-bought drain cleaners are made of lye. You may know this ingredient from soaps or other detergents used in the home. However, these drain cleaners use a high percentage of the compound which, when mixed with water, creates a thermal reaction. This thermal reaction can melt certain pipes, is bad for the environment, and can cause burns to your skin, eyes, and lungs.

You may be tempted to use a mechanical drain snake to remove the clog or blockage. This isn’t a terrible idea, but it can also push the clog further into the pipe making it more difficult to retrieve–even for a professional.

The Answer is Simple: Call ProSolutions

A clog is a huge annoyance but can happen to the best-maintained plumbing systems. Do your best to prevent any blockages, but, when it does happen, don’t try to fix it yourself. Call ProSolutions Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning to help remove any of these annoying blockages from your pipes. We offer highly detailed clogged drain solutions in Edmonton and the surrounding areas.

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Drain Cleaning FAQs

  • Do chemical drain cleaners work?

    Chemical drain cleaners do work, depending on the type of clog you have and how tough it is. Chemical drain cleaners work by creating a chemical reaction in your pipes.

    When using chemical drain cleaners, always make sure to choose the right type of cleaner for the job. Also, make sure you know what kind of pipes you have, and how old they are so you can avoid using any chemical drain cleaner that might damage your pipes. Older pipes can become damaged due to the chemical reaction created by chemical drain cleaners. This can lead to bigger issues, like leaking pipes, and the need for plumbing repair services.

    To avoid damage, physical methods are always best. Plunging or snaking a drain will ensure that it is not damaged by chemicals. When in doubt, call a drain cleaning plumber for professional advice and assistance.

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  • Are drain cleaners bad for pipes?

    Drain cleaners can be bad for pipes. This is particularly true for chemically costic drain cleaners. 

    Chemical drain cleaners create a chemical reaction in your pipes. This results in heat being emitted. It is this heat that can be bad for your pipes. Older and plastic pipes, especially, can be damaged by chemical drain cleaners. If you have plastic pipes and you use a chemical cleaner, the heat may melt the plastic. This can result in leaks and further damage. As well, drain cleaners are not good for septic systems.

    To avoid damaging your pipes, try another method of unclogging your pipe first. If you’re unsure, call a professional drain cleaning plumber services provider to help you get the job done right.

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  • What is the best homemade drain cleaner?

    The best homemade drain cleaner is baking soda. Baking soda can be used along with vinegar or lemon juice to create a strong and effective homemade drain cleaner that is safe for your home's pipes.

    To unclog your drains using baking soda and vinegar or lemon juice, pour one cup of baking soda then one cup of white vinegar or lemon juice down the drain. Allow this to sit for an hour then pour down a few cups of boiling water. If this doesn’t work the first time, repeat as necessary.

    If your homemade drain cleaner isn’t working, call an experienced provider of drain cleaning plumbers near you to take a look. A professional plumber will be able to determine what is causing the clogged drain and how to fix it.

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  • What is the strongest drain cleaner?

    The strongest drain cleaner is an acidic drain cleaner. When you have a clogged drain, it’s always best to try snaking or plunging it first. This method will ensure you do not damage your pipes. If that fails, give a drain cleaning product a try (at your own risk). 

    Different types of drain cleaners have different uses. When you have a tough clog - hair, food, grease, soap scum, paper - an acidic drain cleaning product will be your best bet.

    Keep in mind that you should never use chemical drain cleaning products in a completely clogged drain. These types of clogs require the product to sit in the drain for an extended period and this can cause damage to your pipes.
    If a drain cleaning product doesn’t cut it, plumbing contractors in Edmonton can help. Contact a local, experienced plumber to have your drains unclogged and working like new in no time.

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  • What can dissolve hair in a drain?

    If your drain is clogged with hair, baking soda can dissolve hair in a drain

    To try this safe and easy method at home - first, pour a cup of baking soda down the drain. Then pour a cup of vinegar (white vinegar) down. Allow the mixture to sit for several minutes. Keep an eye out for bubbling in the drain (this is caused by the reaction between the baking soda and vinegar). Once the bubbling stops, wait a few more minutes then pour some boiling water down the drain. Repeat until the clog is cleared. Keep at it, it can take a long time.

    With a heavy-duty clog, you might need something more powerful. In this case, try snaking the drain, plunging it or calling a local Edmonton drain cleaning company to get the job done.

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