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Clogged Drains

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Drain Unclogging

Jim Dandy specializes in clogged drains and getting them cleared for you as soon as possible or at your earliest convenience.

Even though you cannot exactly see a sewer line clog, it can cause extensive damage inside your home. There is no way to avoid clogs in your plumbing fixtures because all plumbing systems eventually develop clogs. If you are experiencing clogs in your plumbing system call a professional to clear them – call Jim Dandy at 206-633-1141.

Clogs in your sewer system can occur either in the main sewer line or one of the secondary lines.

Any water that you run in your house will cause problems if it's a main line, but if it is a secondary line then it is just going to be isolated to that secondary problem. Clogs are not something to just ignore or take lightly. It is easier and more cost efficient to respond to your home's early warning systems. Jim Dandy can unclog any of your issues. Call 206-633-1141.

When more than one plumbing fixture is backed up at the same time, it is an obvious sign that you have a sewer drain clog. Check all your fixtures in your home if you are suspecting that your sewer drain is clogged.

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Toilets have the biggest drain line in the house and the most direct path to the sewer line, so if you are experiencing problems with your sewer drain you will first notice it here. It is rare to have a main sewer line stoppage and still have your toilets working properly. If you flush the toilet and water comes back up in the bathtub or the shower, this is usually a clear sign of a sewer drain clog. The water flows back up the pipes and comes out at the lowest point, which is usually the bathtub or the shower, because it cannot go down the sewer drains.

Trapped Air

Another unusual reaction to look for is trapped air within the plumbing system. To look for trapped air running water in the sink that is closest to the toilet is a good idea. If the toilet bubbles or gurgles or you can see the water level in the toilet rising, then the clog is very likely in the main sewer line and not in the toilet.

Washing machine, bathtub, shower

The sewer main could also be clogged if the water draining out of the washing machine causes the toilet to overflow or backs up into the bathtub or the shower. However, if the toilets are still flushing when this occurs, then this is likely due to a washing machine stoppage and not a sewer main line.

Tree Roots

Tree roots broken pipes

Tree roots are the primary cause of a clogged sewer line, especially in an older home. Roots and shrubs will naturally look for any water source. If you are hearing gurgling noises from your toilet bowls, this could be a sign that your sewer system is being affected by tree roots. A complete sewer line block will occur if you do not take action to remove the roots. To keep this from happening a routine maintenance is recommended to help prevent any problems before an even bigger issue arises.

If you are experiencing a clogged sewer system, first you should shut off your main water supply to your home.

This is usually found near the water heater, in the garage, in the basement or crawlspace, or in a water meter box located outside your home or near the street. Then you should call a professional plumber at Jim Dandy. We will run a drain auger through the sewer clean-out to clear the clog. Sometimes finding the problem is difficult, and if this does not work then we can use a sewer camera or drain snake to look down the sewer line to figure out what is causing your backup. This can help us see the problem and determine the proper maintenance to be scheduled or how costly the repairs will be. Typically, common sources of clogging include feminine hygiene products, paper towels, and even thicker toilet paper. If we see that the problem is tree roots, sometimes the option may be to replace the sewer line, which can be a significant monetary investment. A complete sewer line blockage can occur if immediate action is not taken.

Our service technicians fix clogged drains and make plumbing service calls for any plumbing emergency and all installations, repair and replacement needs.


Emergencies happen, and that is something that the plumbers at Jim Dandy realize.

They have families just like your own, so they want to get the situation taken care of as soon as possible. With 24 hour services 7 days a week you know that you are getting the best and quickest care possible. We also always have a tech on call in case an emergency pops up and you need someone as soon as possible. Our plumbers will show up to your home with a smile on their face, and they will take care of your issue as quickly and efficiently as possible. Do not hesitate to ask questions. They will explain the issue to you, and they will make sure that you understand the necessary steps and cost so you do not get a curveball about what is going on or about how much it will cost. We are here to help.

Ways to help avoid a sewer backup are the following:

  • Install a catch-all. One major reason drains clog up especially bathroom sinks, bathtubs, and showers is because of hair. Catch-all helps prevent the hair from going down the drains.
  • Only flush toilet paper down toilets. Avoid things such as paper towels and feminine hygiene products.
  • Do not put things such as cooking oil of coffee grounds down the kitchen sink. Cooking oil sticks to the pipes, clogging the drains, and it could lead to a bigger issue.

Call a Professional

Jim Dandy Sewer and Plumbing

When it comes to clogs in drains people often think they can do it themselves, but the most reliable and safest way to do this would be to call a local plumber, and Jim Dandy is the way to go.

This way you can avoid any complications and prevent even further damage than the issue at hand. When you call us, we will ask you questions about the clog and get as much information as possible in order to ensure that our technician has all the information to fix your issue. The plumber will locate where the problem is coming from and will use a water hose or drain auger to clean out the line. To make sure your problem was fixed we will check the drains to be certain that your drains are taken care of. We will fix your problem in the quickest time possible. Too often clogs are an inconvenience, and our plumbers realize that issues such as these need to be taken care of. If you have any blockage in your home do not use any of the plumbing in your home until the issue is taken care of to help prevent any further issues.

Hydro Jetting

Clogged Drains

Jim Dandy also specializes in hydro jetting, also known as a jetter.

Hydro jetting is a process that cleans sewer lines quickly and efficiently utilizing high-velocity water pressure. Powerful streams of high-pressure water, emitting from the forward and reverse jets in the nozzle, propel the hose through the line. As the nozzle and hose turn, debris such as scale, silt, sand, and grease is blasted free and washed away. This is the only process that can bring your sewer line to a new state without digging it up. Some benefits of hydro jetting are:

  • Eliminates clogs in a flash. With high-pressure water shooting through your pipes, the clogs will be cleared out fast.
  • Removes dangerous blocks. The power of the pressurized water can even clear out tree roots and other serious blocks when necessary.
  • Clears out pipe walls. Hydro jetting gets to the root of the problem: grease and pipe wall buildup. It can eliminate grease, minerals, and more.

Whether it is a secondary line, main line, camera inspection, or hydro jetting, you know the expert plumbers at Jim Dandy will always be there to help you take care of your problem.

To schedule an appointment and get a rough estimate of the cost call 206-633-1141. Affordable, reliable, and dependable too, Jim Dandy is the plumber for you

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