Solutions to Sewer & Drain Problems


Kitchen Sinks

Causes: grease, soap residue, certain food particles.


  • Reduce to a minimum the cooking grease, fats, etc. going down the drain by wiping pans with a paper towel before washing.
  • When using a disposal, do not put down certain fibrous materials like celery, artichoke, corn silk, or coffee grounds. Run generous quantities of cold water while disposal is on and after it is turned off.
  • Use our 3in1 Total-C® Drain Line Conditioner as directed.

Laundry Sinks or Standpipe

Causes: Soap residue, lint.


  • Keep your washer’s lint trap clean and functioning properly.
  • Use our 3in1 Total-C® Drain Line Conditioner as directed.
  • Replace or use additional lint and hair traps, available from us.

Bath Sink

Causes: Soap residue, body oil, hair and foreign objects.


  • Replace stopper mechanism if missing to prevent foreign objects from entering drain.
  • Strain out hair with special fine mesh strainer which fit in or over the drain, available from us.
  • Use our 3in1 Total-C® Drain Line Conditioner as directed.


Special Note: Back-to-back sinks found in some plumbing systems present a unique problem.
Because of their construction, special drain cleaning techniques must often be used.


Special Note Drum traps found in some plumbing systems present their own set of problems.
Because or their construction and accessibility, special drain cleaning techniques may often be used.

Tubs and Showers

Causes: Soap residue, hair, bath and body oils and foreign objects.




Causes: Foreign objects such as toys, combs, diapers, paper towels, feminine products, and inadequate water flow.


  • Avoid storing or placing small objects on the toilet tank lid or around the toilet. Keep the seat cover closed for additional safety.
  • Insure the tank fills with water to the designated point and flows freely when flushed. Holes may become blocked by mineral deposit build up, commercial de-mineralizer can be applied by us.

Clean outs

In many areas it’s now law that an easily accessible house clean out be installed when a house is constructed. A house clean out is a fitting giving direct access into the building sewer (which may often be called a “main line”).


Many older homes do not have these clean outs, preventing proper cleaning of the building sewer. However, they can be installed into existing systems. Often this is necessary to assure proper cleaning of the line.

Branch Venting

Many homes (especially mass produced houses) have been designed to minimize plumbing costs. A major efficiency is the use of branch venting for fixtures in close proximity. Although less expensive initially, it makes drain cleaning far more difficult.

Homes with second story and/or basements have several arrangements not usually found in single story and slab homes. Clean outs may be located overhead in the basement for branch drains, the house clean out is inside, and a floor drain is in the basement.”

Access to clean the building sewer can be gained through a roof vent. Frequently the diameter of these vents is less than that of the building this makes for special challenges in clearing the drain.

A property line clean out is required by some cities, counties or sewer districts. It provides access to the lateral line connecting the public sewer to your building sewer. These clean outs are usually not visible, but can be located by calling the regulating agency. The clean out location is usually just behind the curb or sidewalk, one to three feet below the grade of the soil.