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Drain Cleaning

Fast Drain Cleaning Services for Northern Virginia Homes & Businesses

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When it comes to clogged drains, time is of the essence. A backed-up drain creates a major inconvenience for homeowners and can be detrimental for business owners. Cardinal Plumbing Heating and Air Inc. offers fast and efficient drain cleaning services when it matters most. We provide same-day service throughout Northern Virginia and can typically unclog sinks and showers within just a few hours of your initial call.

How to Tell If Your Drain Is Clogged

The most obvious sign that your drain is clogged and needs to be serviced is slow-moving drainage and water that won’t go down. However, there are other things to look out for, such as loud gurgling noises, unpleasant odors, and water coming up through drains when they aren’t being used. If you notice any of these in your sink or shower, it’s time to have your drain cleaned. Taking action quickly will prevent the possibility of standing water in and around your drains, which can cause dangerous mold and bacteria growth and make it difficult for your family to breathe.
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Preventing a drain clog is always better than having one. If you ever require drain cleaning or clog removal services, we are here for you. But before you have a clog, remember that anything you put down your drain can cause a blockage. Try to minimize particulates that enter your drain. Here are some common items that we see causing blocks:
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When in doubt – leave it out! Even with the best of intentions, drains can become clogged. When that happens, call Cardinal Plumbing, Heating & Air for quick, expert service. Our work comes with a no-questions-asked complete money-back guarantee. With that kind of guarantee, you cannot be surprised by our over 5,000 5-star ratings online. Do not just take our word for it – our customers say it all. When you need drain cleaning or unclogging service, make Cardinal Plumbing, Heating & air your first call!
Clogged drains can be annoying, messy, and damaging if not treated quickly. At Cardinal Plumbing, Heating & Air, we have the experience and expertise to quickly unclog all types of residential and commercial drains. Our fast response times mean that we can remove your clog often within hours of your call. If you are a business owner, this means less lost productivity, and if you are a homeowner, this means less mess and you can get on with your life faster. Do not wait until you have a massive clog, there are signs that you can watch for to catch a clog early:
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If you notice any of these signs, schedule an appointment with one of our plumbers to check things out and schedule a drain cleaning. If you catch a clog early there is less chance of a messy backup, less downtime, and often less cost.

Why Choose Us for Drain Cleaning Services?

Northern Virginia home and business owners turn to us when they need a drain cleaner because we:
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Our technician will run a special camera down your drain to determine the cause of the clog and find its exact location. Then, we’ll be able to provide a precise, long-lasting repair without causing any damage to the surrounding surfaces.

Hire a Drain Cleaner Today

Don’t wait until the contents of your pipes are spilling into your sink or shower. Contact Cardinal Plumbing Heating & Air Inc. today for professional drain cleaning services and find out why we have received more than 5,000 five-star reviews from our past customers.

Professional Drain Cleaning Services in Northern Virginia

Unfortunately, what goes down the drain doesn’t always go away. Even when homeowners and business owners are diligent about keeping clog-causing substances out of their pipes, it takes regular maintenance to keep our plumbing systems efficient. The pro plumbers at Cardinal Plumbing, Heating & Air are always ready to help with professional drain cleaning services in Sterling, Alexandria, Gainesville and beyond. We use our drains every day. From slow-moving drainage to full-on clogs, a problematic drain is a major, yet preventable, inconvenience. Regular drain cleaning services reduce or eliminate many of the common plumbing issues homeowners experience over time. By having your drains cleaned and inspected by a professional plumber on a regular basis, you can stay ahead of plumbing headaches. While certain objects and food items should never make their way into your plumbing, neglecting your drains can be equally harmful. That’s because substances like soap, skin and hair care products, oils, dander and other types of organic matter can combine to form biofilm build-up. Biofilm build-up and aging equipment can lead to slow-moving drains, pesky clogs and unpleasant odors. Professional drain cleaning ensures your plumbing gets a fresh start every time.

Plumbing Maintenance by Qualified Professionals

Taking care of your home and its essential systems is a worthy endeavor. The majority of HVAC  and plumbing repairs are often the result of long-term neglect. While it’s easy to fall victim to an out of sight, out of mind mentality, keeping HVAC and plumbing maintenance top of mind can help homeowners save big in the long run. Regular cleanings keep your HVAC and plumbing efficient, reduce the need for repairs and help increase the lifespan of your investments. Our community members in Sterling, Alexandria, Gainesville and the surrounding Northern Virginia locales can take advantage of our comprehensive maintenance plan, which includes an annual plumbing inspection. The majority of plumbing issues are caused by loose or worn parts, or drains and pipes that need to be cleaned. When you schedule plumbing maintenance with Cardinal Plumbing, Heating and Air, one of our skilled team members can diagnose and replace or clean any parts that need attention. This prevents costly and inconvenient plumbing headaches long before they can disrupt your home and family.

Call on Cardinal for Drain Cleaning Services and Beyond

While drain cleaning is an essential component of plumbing maintenance, it is one element in a complex system. From plumbing diagnostics and repairs to new installations, the pro plumbers at Cardinal can do it all. If you plan on remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, or if your old plumbing needs an upgrade, you can always call on the skilled plumbers at Cardinal. We understand how quickly a plumbing issue can turn into an emergency, which is why we’ll answer your call seven days a week. The Cardinal team is proud to offer flexible financing options to our Northern Virginia community members, along with a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all our workmanship.

Get Comprehensive Plumbing Care Today

Many factors determine the state of the plumbing in your home or business. While professional repairs and regular maintenance go a long way toward keeping your drains and pipes in ship shape, the quality of your water affects everything. That’s why the plumbing pros at Cardinal Plumbing, Heating & Air specialize in providing water softening treatments and high-quality water filtration systems. By taking great care of the water that moves through your plumbing system, you can ensure better health for your family and your plumbing. Community members in areas with hard water can benefit greatly from investing in professional water treatment. Hard water has a high mineral content, which leads to mineral deposits and limescale buildup on your fixtures, appliances and plumbing Limescale build-up can clog small spaces, like the nozzles in your showerhead, leading to squealing or whistling sounds and inconsistent water pressure. It can also prevent soaps and shampoos from lathering properly, which makes them less effective. Keep your family’s drinking water safe and your home’s fixtures and appliances free of harmful limescale build-up. Invest in professional water treatment from a Cardinal pro plumber today. Our goal is to provide comprehensive plumbing care with a multi-faceted approach that tackles plumbing problems at their source. Call the Cardinal team at (703) 721-8888 or contact us online to get started with professional plumbing care and drain cleaning services today.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you plan on trying drain cleaning on your own, you should be ready to work. The first step of the process is to remove the strainer from the sink. After you take the strainer off, you should clean it well. There may be hair and soap scum stuck to the strainer. To completely clean the strainer, you might need to soak it in soapy water or a vinegar and water solution.
Then, run hot water down your drain. Clean out the area around the drain and make sure there are no visible blockages. If you see any debris or objects, you can try to remove them with a tool. It’s worth mentioning that some sinks have pivot rods, and removing them may require you to unscrew the rod. You can use pliers for this, but you should wrap the pliers in a towel to avoid damaging the rod. Of course, the easiest way to unclog a drain is to call a plumber.

When you rely on professionals for drain cleaning, you can expect the process to take about two to three hours. During that time, the company installs all of the necessary equipment. They use a hose attached to a machine and a water tank. After putting the hose into your pipes, the expert sends high-pressure water through your pipes.
The longest part of the process is the water pumping. Usually, it takes about an hour for the water to remove all the debris from your plumbing. If there are any roots, oil, or hair, they will be sent away by the high-pressure water. A camera inspection confirms that the drains are free from debris. As a final step, the plumber removes their equipment and cleans up any mess. When you work with a quality plumbing company, you don’t need to worry about them leaving a mess behind for you to clean.

You should clean your drains once every two or three years. This frequency depends on the size of your household, the amount of water you use, and how well you care for your drains. If you’re not cautious about the objects that go down your drains or have a particularly large home, you may need to call the plumber more frequently. Failing to do so leaves you vulnerable to a large blockage and a costly plumbing repair.
In older homes, you need to be more mindful of cleaning your plumbing. If you have an old home with the original plumbing, you should clean your pipes once a year. You should also be more cautious about using chemical cleaners and attempting DIY plumbing projects because old pipes are particularly vulnerable.
If you’re still not sure how frequently you should call for a professional drain cleaning, just ask your neighborhood plumber. They can inspect your pipes and help you determine whether or not you need a drain cleaning.

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