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Charlotte Drain Cleaning

Drain cleaning is our primary business, so we know it better than anything else. We love to help our customers learn how to prevent clogged drains, safely clear drains and how to keep pipes clear and garbage disposals running well.

As Charlotte drain cleaning experts, we use the following tools to clean out clogged drains:

  • State-of-the-art sewer line video cameras
  • Rooter and cable machines
  • Professional-grade main sewer machines
  • Professional hydro-jetters

We deal with blockages, sewer line back ups and root intrusions of all sizes, residential, commercial and industrial.

Check out our current discount on Charlotte drain cleaning (see coupon here), and let us know if we can help you out.

What Customers Say

Jeff from E.R. Plumbing Services was out to my house today because of a main blockage. He was courteous, professional and fixed our issue quickly and efficiently and left no stone unturned. I found a new plumber today… Thanks Jeff and E.R. Plumbing!!!
Bill G.
Lance came out to address a recurring problem we were having. We had to have a sewage line snaked every 6 months or so. He explained that out sewage line was too small for the new appliances we purchased. He brought the line up to current code and we have not had a problem since. Very professional and courteous.
Jason B.
Lance did a great job on the repair of a clogged bathroom sink. He was professional, friendly and I believe (and hope) that he has remedied the problem! We will continue to call ER Plumbing for our plumbing repairs.
Debbie T.
Great service on a Saturday. Communication about when they could have someone here was excellent. We had water backing up in tubs, toilets and sinks so were in a real mess. They got here when promised, quickly figured out that roots had blocked a pipe in the front yard, and fixed the problem within a couple of hours. The price was very reasonable. We highly recommend ER Plumbing.
Bart M.

Clogged Drain or Pipe?

Watch this video to learn how to find your clean out valve.

Find Your Clean Out Valve

Clogged Drain?

Learn how to safely unclog a drain by following these simple steps.

Locate and twist off cap of sewer clean out valve.

Run extremely hot water down the drain.

Use a plunger to try to clear the drain.

Use a small, flexible snake to try to dislodge debris inside pipe.

Still clogged? Call a pro!

What Not to Do?

Learn what NOT to do when clearing a clogged drain.

Do NOT Do the Following:

Do not pour chemicals down the drain.
Do not try to operate drain cleaning equipment without proper training (risk of serious injury or death).
Do not plunge without blocking exit points with rags.
Do not combine home remedies and over-the-counter drain cleaners; toxic fumes will likely result.

DIY Non-Caustic Drain Cleaners?

Make your own drain cleaner.
Try these homemade solutions:
Pour a cup of baking soda in the drain proceeded by three cups of boiling water.

Pour ½ cup of baking soda in the drain sink followed by ½ cup of white vinegar

Pour a cup of washing soda down the drainpipe followed by the white vinegar and baking soda method.

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Many people think they should be able to unclog drains on their own, and in many cases, you can. However, there are several things that can make a clogged drain worse, and in some cases, a clogged drain is backed up far down the pipe, where you could never reach it, even with expensive (and dangerous) equipment. The following is basic advice to follow when dealing with a clogged drain.

1. Don’t use chemical drain cleaners. We know it’s tempting; it sounds like a very simple, quick and inexpensive remedy: just pour some chemicals down the drain and that nasty clog will just break up and slide down the pipe.

The problem is this:

  • Most chemical drain cleaners can’t melt their way through the clog. Whether it’s a huge wad of paper towels or an item you don’t even know got into the drain (cell phone, child’s toy), or perhaps even a tree root intrusion way out in your yard that has backed up the whole line, it’s probably not going to go away simply from some chemicals.
  • Those chemicals will probably complicate the problem. Even if it’s a simple clog, those chemicals are now in the clogged drain. If you (or a plumber) tries to plunge, snake through, or use an auger on the clog, those chemicals are going splash all over the place. Drain cleaning products are highly caustic and dangerous; you will need to use goggles, rubber gloves and protective gear when trying to break up the clog.

2. Before you do anything, see if you can figure out how deep the clog is and what is causing the drain to be clogged. If it’s a shower, sink or tub, use a 99 cent Zip It (disposable plastic snake) to see if you can fish out whatever is gunking up the drain. In a lot of cases, you’ll pull out some pretty nasty hair and other junk, and then the drain will work just fine. If it’s a toilet, try plunging and snaking, but be careful with the snake – you don’t want to damage the pipe where it bends.

3. If you can’t reach the source of the clog, it’s probably much further down than you think – especially if you’ve noticed the drains draining slowly for a while and now all in a sudden you’ve got a total clog. You may be dealing with a tree root intrusion that got into a crack in your main sewer line, often in the middle of your yard or some other unseen place. The tree roots break into the tiny crack and then invade the sewer line, causing a clog that can’t be dealt with from the house. The actual pipe may need to be dug up and replaced.

4. Get a plumber out to your home to detect where the clog is located. Avoid destroying your pipes with cables, augers or hydrojetters, and prevent injuring yourself – serious clogs require serious equipment and experienced plumbers.

Tips to Prevent Clogged Drains

Follow these tips to keep your drains clear:

1. Don’t pour grease down the drain. Instead, pour it into a can or container and dispose of it in the trash. Wipe out pans and use grease-clear detergent and hot water so grease won’t build up in pipes.

2. Limit your use of the garbage disposal. You may think your garbage disposal will grind everything up enough to prevent clogged pipes, but it doesn’t. Limit your garbage disposal use to things that accidentally go down the drain and limited cooked vegetables. Items like chicken skin, eggshells, vegetable peels and the like will only get somewhat ground up and then will stick to the sides of your pipes like plague building up in your arteries.

3. Fish out hair and gunk from your drains once a month. Use a disposable plastic Zip It — they cost almost nothing and will prevent a serious problem down the line.

4. Put drain catchers or guards into drains to catch hair and food pieces.

5. Educate your family as to what can and cannot go down the toilet. Basically, toilet paper and natural waste is the only thing anyone should be flushing.

6. Don’t let heavy vehicles drive on your lawn. The weight of a vehicle can crack the sewer line or the water main line (under the earth), causing a crack that will later get invaded by tree roots, causing a major clog. The weight can also cause the sewer line to bow (bend), making it tough for sewage to flow the proper direction like it should.

These tips will reduce your chances of clogged pipes.

Charlotte Sewer Line Backed Up?

There are several types of drain problems we see. A simple drain clog may be caused by hair and gunk accumulating in a shower drain or a sink drain. Toilet clogs are often caused by the flushing of objects that don’t belong in those pipes. However, the big daddy of drain problems is a backed up sewer line.

What Causes Sewer Lines to Back Up?

Sewer lines back up when the main line is bowed or warped, or when tree roots pierce the pipe and grow into the main line. This often happens because of a small hairline crack in the pipe. The tiny bit of sewage the seeps out of the hairline crack (which may be caused by someone driving over the pipe or heavy equipment or a sinkhole caused by erosion), attracting tree roots. The tree roots seek out the crack and force their way into the pipe. Check out the photos below to see what a tree root intrusion looks like.

What Should You Do If You Have a Blocked Charlotte Sewer Line?

If you’ve got a blocked main line, we’ll use advanced technology to determine where the blockage occurred. If you can hydrojet through the clog, we’ll take care of it that way, but if you’ve got tree roots up inside the main line, we will have cut through slab or dig up the pipe and replace that segment of pipe. We then repair the area where the work was done, leaving it good as new.

Charlotte sewer line repair

Sewer line with a bow in the middle

Charlotte drain cleaning

Charlotte main line

Look at the size of this tree root we removed from a sewer main line!

Charlotte Drain Cleaning – Within 30 Miles of Charlotte

We serve a 30-mile radius of Charlotte. Need a Matthews drain cleaning company? A Concord drain cleaning? A Gastonia drain clog removed? We handle the whole Charlotte region, and we’ve got the staff, trucks and equipment to deal with large or small scale drain clearing problems.

We’re open 24/7, 365 days a year, and we don’t charge extra for weekends or evenings. That means we can handle your plumbing problem same day, even if it means evenings or weekends. You don’t need to take off work to get your drain cleaned; we’ll work around your schedule.

Our trucks are fully stocked, and we own the heavy duty equipment if they drain clog requires digging up and repairing your yard, pavement or even concrete. We’ll restore your property after fixing the problem and be out of your way quickly. Our technicians are trained to treat your schedule, your home and your property with respect.

Give us a call at 704-269-1066  if you need Charlotte drain cleaning services or advice on how to deal with a clogged drain. We’re happy to be of service!