How We Clean and Unclog Drains
At M.E. Flow, our team of highly trained technicians uses only the most up-to-date industry tools and techniques to deliver results-oriented drain cleaning services in Northern Virginia. When you request our help, we will arrive in a fully stocked truck prepared to take on whatever is causing your slow drainage or blockage. After diagnosing the problem, we will walk you through what needs to be done and why.
Our drain cleaning solutions include:
- Hydro jetting. Hydro jetting is a powerful and efficient method of drain and pipe cleaning. It involves the use of an extremely high-pressure stream of water that is blasted through a specialized hose with a nozzle attached to the end. The pressure created by this water blast is strong enough to break apart even stubborn blockages, clogs, and debris while still being safe for pipes and drains. It can also be used to clean entire drain systems.
- Snaking the drain. Also known as “drain snaking,” snaking a drain is a process that involves inserting a long, flexible steel cable with an auger head on one end into the pipe. The auger is able to reach deep into the clog and break it up, allowing water to flow freely again. We use a special tool called an auger head to insert the steel wire into the pipe until it reaches the obstruction. Once there, we crank a handle at the top of the auger, causing its spiral blade to spin against the blockage and break it up into smaller pieces that can pass through the pipe more easily. Our technicians may also use additional tools such as blades or brushes attached to the tip of the auger's head to further break up and remove stubborn clogs. This technique can be used in any type of plumbing system but is most commonly used to clear residential kitchen and bathroom sinks.
- Video camera inspection of pipes. Our team can safely insert a specialized camera into your pipes to inspect their interiors as well as diagnose and troubleshoot blockages and other plumbing problems. The video camera can typically travel hundreds of feet and can work either by sending a live feed directly to one of our technicians or by recording onto an onboard storage device for later review. To ensure high accuracy and visibility, the video cameras are waterproof and come with adjustable lighting levels that make it easier to see any cracks, corrosion, or other signs of damage inside the pipe. In addition to being used to detect issues, our video camera inspections can also help verify that our hydro jetting or drain snaking services have been performed optimally. By inserting the camera into the pipe after an initial round of hydro jetting or drain snaking is complete, we can check for debris removal as well as look for any potential clogs or blockages that may remain.
It should not cost you an arm and a leg to keep your plumbing and drains in good working order. To help you keep things in your home running smoothly, we are happy to regularly offer drain cleaning coupons.