All You Ever Wanted to Know About Drain Clogs and How to Fix Them

If you have ever had a clogged drain at home, then you know just what an important part drains are to your plumbing system – and how they can impact your daily life! Drains carry waste to the sanitary sewer, control flooding and remove waste products from manufacturing.

The Making of a Drain

To understand how drains can get clogged, it’s best to get a good understanding of how they work. Drains contain a trap to stop materials that fall in and block them; then there is a vent that removes gases like methane that are formed by the decomposition of waste. The S trap is that twisty, windy tube you can see under sink drains. S traps catch materials that might clog the drain further down and they trap gases that can back up in plumbing. Vents carry these gases off and away from the plumbing.

Chas Roberts to the Rescue

You have no doubt seen countless commercials about liquid drain cleaners. While these may provide some temporary relief, it’s best to get the problem fixed by a Phoenix plumber professional like one of the plumbers at Chas Roberts. This will benefit you and your pipes more in the long run.

Chas Roberts Air Conditioning & Plumbing’s Phoenix Plumbing Services offer several methods of drain cleaning:

  • Using sewer machines or sewer snakes to mechanically remove sewage particles. This is for more serious clogs that occur in the sewer lines, as opposed to a sink. Using a sewer machine or snake is definitely something you don’t want to try to do yourself if you’re not experienced – leave it to a professional Phoenix plumber.
  • Hydro-jetting, which uses powerful pumps and flexible hoses to spray the inside of tanks and lines with high pressure water. A special nozzle is mounted on the end of a heavy-duty hose and has an array of forward and reverse jets, which direct extremely powerful concentrated streams of water all the way to the pipe walls, cutting through even the toughest blockages and buildup to thoroughly clean pipes.
  • Bio-Clean is a great natural product that cleans septic tanks. Bio-Clean is a blend of bacteria and enzymes; within an hour after pouring the bacteria into the drain, the bacteria begin to eat their way into the waste that has accumulated on the sides and top of the drain pipe. They digest the waste and spread throughout the system, cleaning it completely. Bio-Clean is non-poisonous and does not create heat or fumes. It does not attack live tissue or inorganic materials, only organic wastes like grease, hair, food particles, paper, cotton & sewage.

Chas Roberts plumbers are here to help with any Phoenix plumbing services you need. For a limited time (through July 31, 2015), Chas Roberts is offering a drain cleaning special. For $95 a skilled Chas plumber will perform a single drain cleaning, and even do a video inspection of your drain! To schedule an appointment, visit or call (602) 943-3426.