By: Enid N.
ER Drain Cleaning Service
This plumber was very honest, helpful and surprisingly affordable. I had another company out that offered a free estimate and when they got here they told me they were going to charge me over $300 to clear the stoppage. Then, they wanted to charge me an additional $50 to go on the roof. Then they want to charge me an additional $50 per drain that they snake. Ridiculous! I called ER Drain cleaning and although I had to wait for him to be available until after 3pm, when he got here he gave me a firm price of $150. He was done within 45 minutes.
Tips & Advices
The following tools and common household objects can be used to clean drains at home:
  • A plunger
  • A drain snake
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Grease-fighting dish soap
Homeowners can mix boiling water with any of the last three products to break up grease and grime.
The main ingredients in clog removal liquid products are sodium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, both break down into relatively harmless components when it comes into contact with water or soil. However, both substances cause mild irritation to skin and internal tissues.
Also known as a drain auger, a drain snake is a coiled device around ΒΌ-inch thick. To use a drain snake, put the end into the entrance of the drain. Turn the handle to force the snake deeper, using extra pressure to force it through the bend in the pipe. Keep turning until the snake hits the clog, then either pull the snake and remove the obstruction or force it through. Once the snake is out of the drain, run the water on full blast for a few minutes to ensure the obstruction is completely removed.
Plungers don't damage residential pipes, but the force created by the act of plunging weakens the seal between the toilet and the floor.
Many plumbers, both local businesses and nationwide chains, offer emergency or same-day services.

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