Drain Cleaning, Clearing and Hydro Jetting

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Slow or clogged drains can be frustrating, but even worse, they can lead to larger problems such as flooding and broken drain pipes. It is best to schedule a professional drain cleaning service before the problem gets out of hand. 

While many homeowners may reach for plungers or liquid drain cleaners, these can also cause more damage to the plumbing system. There are actually two types of plungers meant for sinks or toilets. If homeowners use these incorrectly, or with too much force, drain seals can break causing leaks and costly repairs.  

Liquid drain products might promise to clear up clogs quickly, but the chemicals actually sit inside of the drain corroding the interior of the pipe over time. They are especially damaging to older pipes. It is always best to consult a professional for even minor drain blockages.

Our Team Is Available To Service All Residential Drain Cleaning

San Diego residents have trusted the team at John Stevenson Plumbing, Heating & Air since 1990. Our team is professionally trained, uses only the highest quality equipment and materials, and delivers a 5 Star Service Guarantee.

What Are The Most Common Causes Of Drain Blockages?

Food, Fat, Oil And Grease

Some of the most common clogs happen in kitchen sinks. Food particles build up over time, and grease and sludge can sit in the pipe slowly closing off drain flow. Our professional team will assess the pipe and snake the drain from an accessible cleanout and provide tips to keep drains clear and smelling fresh.

Homeowners can prevent most kitchen drain clogs by wiping down pots and pans, and plates, before washing them in the sink. This ensures that minimal amounts of fats, oils, and grease enter into the line.

Our team also recommends scraping off all food into the trash to keep food particles out of the drain. Even if garbage disposals are powerful enough to grind up food items such as potato peels, citrus rinds, and other fibrous materials, those foods can remain in the drain and will eventually cause clogs and foul odors.

Hair And Product Buildup

Bathroom sinks, showers, and tubs often become clogged from hair and product buildup. Over time, hair and soap scum get into the drain and bond together creating a blockage. Even slow drains should be attended to immediately, as buildup in tubs and showers can increase pressure on the drain causing broken pipes and costly repairs. 

It is best to ensure there is a quality screen in the drain to catch hair and let the water run for a short time after every shower to clear away product.

Non Flushable Items

Some of the most common causes of toilet clogs are items in the drain. Paper towels, “flushable” wipes, cotton swabs, and feminie hygiene products are not safe for any drain line. They sit in the line and allow other material to collect creating clogs. Only toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet.

Mainline Clogs

When main drain pipes back up, they will affect multiple drains in the home. All interior drains lead into the main drain pipe and eventually into the city service. In addition to items that should not be flushed in the line, tree roots, age, and heavy scale buildup can affect mainlines causing them to back up. 

Tree roots are common causes of broken mainlines. Roots seek out the rich nutrients inside of the drains and can enter into pipes through small seams and cracks. Once inside, they continue to grow causing frequent backups and eventually broken pipes. 

As pipes age, they can begin to deteriorate allowing roots to enter the line as well as causing collapse. Once this happens, the only option is to replace the pipe. 

If mainlines are not maintained, heavy scale buildup can build on the inside of the pipe causing it to become weak over time. This can also cause fractures and breaks, leading to costly repairs.

Main Sewer Line Replacement

In addition to hydro jetting services, camera inspections, and preventative maintenance, our team has advanced repair techniques that won’t require digging. We perform trenchless sewer relining and pipe bursting. With sewer relining services, we can have your damaged, cracked, and deteriorating main sewer line back to like-new condition in as fast as one day. We have the capabilities to restore even worn pipes to guard against root intrusion, breaks, and can save the cost of digging up landscaping and concrete. We can even repair sewer liens under the home. 

For main sewer lines that cannot be relined, due to large holes or collapse, we can repair the pipe in place with pipe bursting. Pipe bursting requires only two small entry points, and with specialized machines, we can thoroughly break down the damaged pipe in the ground. From there, we can insert a new High Density Poly Ethylene (HDPE) pipe in its place restoring services fast and efficiently. HDPE is also flexible and specially crafted to be resistant to cracks so you can ensure against sewer problems for years to come.

Our team will provide multiple options and walk you through each process to help you make the right decision for your sewer line repair needs. 

John Stevenson Plumbing, Heating & Air Is Here For All Of Your Drain Cleaning Service Needs!

Our team has undergone extensive training in all methods of clearing drain blockages, descaling and removing roots in mainlines, as well as repair and replacement of broken pipes. 

Most minor clogs can be cleared with a professional drain snaking, but for root infested mainlines, hydro jetting is always the best option. As long as the pipe is in decent condition, hydro jetting can remove roots, descale hard buildup, and restore proper drain flow. 

When drains are broken or beyond simple snaking, our team can recommend partial or full replacement. Our team has a solution for every drain issue.

Our Promise to You is to Perform the Correct Drain Clearing Service at an Honest Price

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Signs You Need A Drain Cleaning?

Some common signs include:

  • Showers and tubs taking a long time for the water to drain
  • Food particles coming up into the sink
  • Gurgling toilets combined with slow drawing showers and tubs
  • Lavatory sinks holding water
  • Even smells coming from the drains can be a sign there is a problem
What Are The Benefits Of Professional Drain Cleaning Service?
A professional plumber will use the proper equipment in the right way. Drain snakes used improperly can damage pipes, and many times it will go unnoticed causing more damage over time. With professionally trained service technicians, all drain services are tested and guaranteed. Additionally, professional plumbers can ensure the cause of the clog is solved for good providing clear flowing drains long term.
How Often Should Drains Be Cleaned?
For simple clogs in toilets, showers, tubs, and sinks, routine maintenance is not often necessary, especially if they are professionally treated as they happen. However, for homes with large trees in the yard, or with problem pipes, routine maintenance is recommended. John Stevenson Plumbing, heating & Air will provide a full evaluation on every drain cleaning and provide a tailored preventative maintenance plan.
How Does Hydro Jetting Work?
Hydro jetting uses high pressure streams of water and specialty nozzles to thoroughly clean the interior of pipes. Hydro jetting services can clean scale buildup off of the pipe, remove tree roots, and clear years of grime, sludge, and organic material out of the pipe. Moving in a forward and reverse direction, hydro jetting is a powerful method of descaling pipes and returning them to usable condition.
How Often Is Hydro Jetting Necessary?
Depending on the severity of the issue, and the cause of backups, hydro jetting is a type of drain cleaning service that is routinely scheduled on a semi-annual basis. For homes with tree roots that can invade pipes, or heavy use drain lines, hydro jetting can be performed every 4 to 6 months for ideal preventative maintenance.
Can Hydro Jetting Damage Your Pipes?
Hydro jetting is safe for most drain pipes as long as it is being performed by trained specialists. At John Stevenson Plumbing, Heating & Air, our plumbers will perform a full evaluation of the problem and recommend the ideal solution. With a video camera inspection of the line, our team is able to clearly view the condition of the pipe and determine if hydro jetting services are the safe and best repair option.
How Much Does Hydro Jetting Cost?
Hydro jetting costs can vary dramatically. Homeowners should be wary of getting quotes over the phone, as performing a full system check is crucial to determining how long it will take, and if it is the right method for clearing the drain. Our team provides multiple repair options and pricing after viewing the entire job scope; this way, all quotes are final and the price will never surprise homeowners.

Benefits Of Choosing John Stevenson


Up front and honest pricing


A full system evaluation prior to performing any work


Multiple repair or replacement options uniquely designed for you


Professionally trained, licensed, and certified plumbing technicians


Best in class warranties


5 Star Service Guarantee

When you need drain clearing services from Oceanside to San Diego, and everywhere in between, trust the experts at John Stevenson Plumbing, Heating & Air. Our technicians have the skills, knowledge, and tools to fix most drain blockages on the spot.

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What To Expect From Our Drain And Hydro-jetting Services

Our Technician Arrives
When our John Stevenson Plumbing, Heating & Air technician arrives at your home, they will perform a full evaluation and thoroughly review multiple options before starting repairs. We want to ensure our customers are informed before making any decisions.
We Discuss The Problem
We will discuss in detail the problem at hand, why you called us! We perform an evaluation of your system to get to the cause of the drain issue, and provide extensive details and options to choose from, including our best recommendations for a long term solution. With approval, we can often begin work the same day. We value your time and investment, and know that dealing with drain blockages is never fun. We aim to alleviate your stress.
Work Isn't Done Until You're Happy
After completion of work, our expert plumbers will walk you through the job and take the time to answer any remaining questions. We will always follow up after 24 hours to ensure your happiness.

We service and repair most brands of equipment, so you can trust us to perform a professional drain clearing service.