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The drains in your home are anything but clean — they could be packed with all sorts of different things like grime, soap scum, hair, food waste, and so much more. It’s these small scraps that cling to the walls of your drain pipes and start the process of forming an obnoxious clog. Any homeowner knows how frustrating a clog can be — it makes everything from washing your hands to doing the dishes a tedious chore and could even cause extra damage to your plumbing equipment. It’s important to not only get rid of clogs as soon as possible but also make sure the clog won’t be returning anytime soon with a drain cleaning service from the Carlsbad plumbers at Sherlock Plumbing, Heating & Air.

We have extensive experience in the home comfort field and we are prepared to provide you with any assistance you may require.

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Clogged drain in a standing shower in a luxury bathroom

A drain cleaning service does more than simply remove any clogs that may exist in a plumbing line. While clog removal is an important part of repairing an issue with your plumbing, drain cleaning is as much maintenance as it is a repair. Keeping the walls of your drain lines clean is critical for preventing clogs, and even a slight amount of residue on the walls can be enough to start building into a total drain line clog.

We can help you with any drain in your home, including:

  • Kitchen drains
  • Bathroom drains
  • Utility room drains
  • Sewer drains

Whether your drains are running slow or already completely clogged up, don’t hesitate to call Sherlock Plumbing, Heating & Air. We respond quickly to calls because we know how important it is to get a quick resolution to these issues. You can rely on us to come to you, clear out your drains, and restore your life to normal quickly. What’s more, if you’re a member of our VIP Comfort Club, you’ll enjoy discounts on service and repairs, plus other benefits.

Here’s a hard fact: The longer you wait to get your drains cleaned, the more extensive your problem will be. It’s best to recognize the signs and get professional help sooner rather than later, when the problem might become more expensive. If you see any of these common problems, you need to contact us for a professional drain cleaning immediately:

  • Slow draining: If the water is draining out of your sinks, shower, bath, and/or washing machine more slowly than normal, that means that you have a buildup of hair, grease, or other substances in your pipes. These buildups will eventually turn into complete clogs if left alone.
  • Standing water: Once a buildup in your pipes develops into a complete blockage, your wastewater won’t drain at all. If you see standing water in your sinks, shower, or bath, call Sherlock Plumbing, Heating & Air to remove the clog immediately.
  • Unpleasant odors: Does your bathroom or kitchen have a mysterious smell that doesn’t go away no matter how much you clean it? If sewage or waste is building up in your pipes, it can fester and create unpleasant odors. A drain cleaning will remove the waste and fix this issue before it becomes a health hazard.
  • Strange noises: When pipes are draining properly, they should barely make any noise at all. If you hear odd gurgling or bubbling sounds as water is draining, that most likely means that it is having to push its way around or through obstacles in the pipes.
  • Frequent clogs: If you find yourself repeatedly unclogging your toilet or shower drain, this could be a sign that a much bigger problem is developing. It’s important to have a drain cleaning performed right away to avoid a major clog.
  • Multiple clogged drains: If multiple drains are clogging in your house, this could indicate a main sewer clog. You need to contact the professionals at Sherlock Plumbing, Heating & Air to investigate this potentially major problem immediately.

A professional drain cleaning is the best way to maintain your wastewater drainage and prevent major issues in your home’s plumbing system. If done regularly, it can prevent blockages, keep unhealthy bacteria from growing in your pipes, and maintain your system to prevent costly issues from arising. If done to address a drainage problem, a professional drain cleaning will clear your pipes, get rid of harmful bacteria and bad odors, and restore the effectiveness of your plumbing system. Bringing in a professional to clean your drains will also help you find out if there is a bigger problem with your plumbing that needs to be addressed.

In our extensive experience offering best-in-class plumbing services to satisfied customers, we’ve come across (and resolved) every plumbing issue under the sun. We’ve also heard every question about clogged drains, so we’ve put together the most common ones here:

What causes drain clogs?

The most common reason for drains to clog is simply a buildup of hair, dirt, soap, and/or food waste. Mineral deposits left behind by hard water can also build up in pipes to create a bottleneck where waste collects more easily. Tree roots seek moisture and can find their way into underground pipes to create significant plumbing issues.

What kind of drain cleaner is best?

Chemical drain cleaners are a tempting alternative to shelling out money for a professional plumber, but they can actually cost you more in the long run. At best, they don’t work well and are a waste of your money. At worst, the violent chemical reactions they rely on to remove minor clogs can damage your pipes, costing you hundreds of dollars in repairs and even causing full pipe collapse.

What is the black gunk coming out of my drain?

Since most of the buildup in your pipes is made up of biological material (hair, food, skin cells, soap, oils), it creates the perfect environment for bacteria. This causes a black film to form on the inside of your pipes. When your drain clogs, some of it can break off and come back up the pipe to ooze out of your drain.

At Sherlock Plumbing, Heating & Air, caring for your home’s plumbing needs is what we do best. Our Carlsbad drain cleaning services are thorough and effective, and they ensure your home’s drains are in the best shape possible. We use the latest tools and modern techniques, so your drains will receive the best treatment available. We also take pride in delivering customer service that isn’t matched anywhere else. We take the quality of our plumbing treatments extremely seriously, and it’s this commitment and passion for what we do that has made us the name customers have turned to again and again for years.

Contact Us today for quick and reliable drain cleaning services in Carlsbad, Vista, Oceanside, and the surrounding areas! We’re standing by to bring you unmatched customer services at affordable prices! 

We have extensive experience in the home comfort field and we are prepared to provide you with any assistance you may require.

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Outstanding experience from start to finish. Neil was on time, professional, and very personable when he came the same day to assess my needs and provide an on-the-spot estimate. He didn't try and pre...

Jeff L.

Extremely pleased with the quick and professional service we received today! Our 14-year-old AC unit went out last night, i called this morning and a technician came out this afternoon. The fix was re...

Christine F.

Sherlock continues to be there for my family when we need them the most. I had a new HVAC system installed May of 2019, since then the service techs have come in for their seasonal inspections and I c...

Nick B.

Anthony, came to inspect the plumbing in my house as well as to drain and refill the water heater. I found him to be very informative and helpful, as well as professional and friendly. I was really ve...

Pam C.

Our water heater started leaking and a call to Sherlock was met with a same day response. Neil came out to explain our options of tank/tankless, gas/electric. He walked us through the pros and cons of...

Lorraine G.

This has been the best experience with a company we have ever had in our 50 plus years of marriage. From Vincent to Eric and his whole crew this was a very difficult project for everyone. They handled...

Roy S.

Hands down, these guys are the best. I had bids from three other highly rated HVAC companies in North County and none of them came close to the technical knowledge and professionalism of Sherlock. My ...

Kent C.

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Barbara W.

Eric came out to fix my non-working air conditioner. He was professional, very nice, honest, knew his stuff. He had to over to Escondido to get the proper part, and returned on same afternoon, put the...

Seasides C.

Justin the sales agent, was great, very patient and responsive. The gentlemen who came in to work on the installation were great, explained everything and very respectful and clean. I had the unfortun...

M A.

Jared was our inspector and he showed up on time with a 30 min courtesy call. He was efficient and gave us an honest opinion of what was working and what needed to be repaired or replaced or serviced ...

Erica B.

Ahhh! Cool and comfortable in our house now. Thank you to the awesome guys who installed this high quality equipment. Good to have Costco stand behind them, too.

Susan F.

There is a reason this place has nothing but five stars. They earn it! I have had no AC in the house and was procrastinating on getting it fixed due to the cost and lack of need most of the year. I wa...

Wendy H.

JR, JoJo, and Eric came to my condo yesterday to install my HVAC system and Heat Pump. They were very meticulous and on task for the whole installation, and kept me informed as to what they were doing...

George M.

I had a great experience with Sherlock, from start to finish! Justin met with me and spent a few hours walking me through the current condition of my system and what Sherlock can offer. I had budget l...

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My experience with Sherlock Heating & Air has been amazing from the start when I first got my new heating & air conditioning system!!! They know how to deliver customer service!! They are hone...

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The tagline for Yelp's 5 star rating of "Woohoo! As good as it gets!" is 100% fitting for the work and professionalism of Jared and Enoch. They were courteous and upfront with the entire job. I found ...

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Just had an ACHP service done yesterday on the two units in my home. Their service rep was Jared Pratt. This guy was great! He took the time to do it right and to explain to me (every step of the way)...

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I came to Sherlock by way of the Nest website--checked out the Yelp reviews and then made the call. Eric M., the technician who installed my 3rd gen Nest Learning Thermostat was courteous, knowledgeab...

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Brian G.

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Tanya S.

If my wife and I could give 6 stars we would! Carlos, Jojo and Joe installed our new HVAC system today, 31st October 2016. Started the day at 8AM and ending roughly around 615PM. I was impressed by th...

Nathan R.

Called Sherlock based on reviews here, as we've had less than stellar experiences with other local area HVAC companies. They scheduled an appointment within a couple days, the guy who came out could n...

Hi D.

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