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Sewer Backups are never pleasant and can result in considerable damage to a building and its contents. Blockage in a sewer drain pipe is the number one cause of Sewer Backups. Blockages are often caused by drains receiving waste they were never intended to carry. Diapers, sanitary napkins, and towels are too large for most drains and sewers to handle. Other common drain blockers are hair, string, rocks, mud, construction debris, leaves, bottle caps and toys. Tree Roots & F.O.G.(Fats, Oils & Grease) are among the worst culprits for causing pipe blockages. Sewers & drains, even when installed perfectly, are subject to blockages over time, as the pipe corrode, erode or build up with crud. Many times this situation is made worse when the sewer pipes have “backfall”. Backfall is a condition when pipes slope uphill, causing wastewater to work against gravity and pool within the pipe. Pipes with backfall require frequent cleaning or eventual replacement.

Tree Roots are attracted to water vapor emitting from cracks in pipes. Tree roots can easily penetrate even the smallest cracks or openings in pipes. Tree roots thrive in the warm, moist, nutrient rich environment found inside sewer pipes. As tree roots grow they can quickly fill a pipe, causing complete blockage. As tree roots grow, they expand and exert considerable pressure on the pipe. The force exerted by tree roots will often split or crack the pipe, resulting in total failure of the sewer. Roots cut by sewer augers often grow back quickly, similar to pruned tree branches.

FOG (Fats, Oils, Grease) is the most common pipe blocking substance. FOG is a byproduct of cooking food. FOG is present in food scraps, meat fats, cooking oil, lard, butter, sauces & dairy products, among other foods. All too often, FOG is washed into the plumbing system through kitchen sinks & garbage disposers. Eventually FOG coagulates, and then sticks to the insides of drain pipes. Over time this build up causes complete blockage of a sewer drain. FOG is a particular problem in commercial cooking establishments with inadequate FOG control measures, such as well maintained grease interceptors.


Drain Cleaning with a rotary drain snake is an art requiring the operator to have “the touch” to properly chew through or snag the debris causing the pipe blockage. In order to locate the blockage, the drain cleaning technician must instinctively know how existing underground sewers and drains were previously installed, without the benefit of x-ray vision. The drain cleaning technician must know which drain machine will most effectively clear the blockage. Furthermore the drain cleaning technician must know which cutter head or cable accessory to use, and how much pressure to apply to achieve the desired results. HHCC’s licensed Plumbers and Drain Technicians are such experts.

Sometimes a drain snake will make an opening through a blockage, allowing the pipe to temporarily drain. Although the pipe may drain, considerable buildup may still be present on the walls of the pipe. This is especially true where FOG (fats, oils, grease) is the cause of the blockage. An effective way to scour the pipe walls is by Hydro-Jetting cleaning. High pressure water at 2,000 to 4,000 psi blasts the residue from the pipe walls, leaving a much cleaner, better flowing pipe. HHCC has a large arsenal of Hydro-Jetting equipment, ranging from smaller electric powered & gas engine machines to our large trailer mounted machine and our extremely large Vactor truck.

After the drain pipes have been Hydro-Jetted, HHCC recommends video camera inspection of the sewer or drain lines ensure effective cleaning and to locate potential problems, such a broken, misaligned pipes, or pipe with backfall.

HHCC has the Expertise, Powerful Modern Equipment and Talented, Licensed Plumbers and Drain Cleaning Technician to quickly handle just about any stopped up sewer or drain line.

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