We Are Sewer and Drain Cleaning Specialists

SPK Plumbing can help with rodding out your sewer or drain line. If you have a clog and need immediate sewer cleaning call us today for a free estimate at (847) 984-0999!

The moment homeowners choose a professional to clean a sewer line, the service typically kicks off with plumbing professionals asking questions about how the blockage was recognized and where any scents or backed-up drains are located. Then, they will locate the clean out. The clean out is a fitting located just outside of the home but before it meets the main sewer. The clean out, which is more often than not shaped like a Y, is the easiest spot to open up the sewer lines and have accessibility in both directions. From there, the plumbing specialist will use either a drain auger or a water hose to clear out the line. To assess that the process was efficient, the clean out must be reinstalled and the drains in the home should be checked. If the cleaning was successful, it will be immediately noticeable that the sewer lines are clear, and there should be no gurgling or standing water in the drains.

Your sewer system must be running efficiently to protect the health and security of your loved ones. When you have a sewer problem, give us a telephone call for help with frozen sewer lines, sewer and catch basin cleanout and repair, and sewer rodding service. We offer services that include installation of overhead sewers, flood control system, and state of the art technology, utilizing video line inspection and hydro jetting service.


When should you change your sewer line?


Doing this is a matter of personal opinion. If your main line falls back up even more than once a year, then it could be worthwhile to have the problem area dug up and repaired, or to have the line replaced. Many times, however, it is a matter of having the sewer primary line snaked once every year or two. This is especially accurate if the roots from large trees grow into the sewer line. The difference in price between snaking vs. digging up the line and either repairing or replacing it is significant.


Can sewer obstructions be prevented?


There are several reasons for sewer drain clogs. Some are not preventable, such as tree roots and collapsing pipes. Other things can be monitored to help prevent frequent clogs. One important preventive measure is to be careful about what goes down the sewer. Strong objects that are flushed down the toilet can become engraved and help cause a sewer stoppage, for example. Excessive food and oils washed down the home kitchen drainpipe are also contributors to sewer main drain obstructions.


In order to remove a clog from a sewer line, professionals may rely on several different tools and devices. The most basic and common approach is to be dependent on a drain auger, which is also called a drain snake. This is a long wire, often made from metal, that is flexible enough to go down the drain and around any bends in the plumbing. Most competent plumbers have augers that are 50 feet or even longer in length so that the majority of clogs can be approached easily. If the clog is small-scale, it can be broken up using an auger in a matter of minutes. While an auger can break up whatever is causing the clog and is clearing the sewer linde, it is not literally tidying up the entire pipe. To clean a sewer line and exterminate all barricades large and small, the most effective option is a high-pressure hose. This could remove the clog as well as any residue that has built up within the sewer pipes. Generally, a high-pressure hose, also known as a water jetter, will be more expensive than using an auger. However, it may work better and mean that homeowners only have to address the problem once instead of every few months.