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San Diego Drain & Sewer Services

From Drain Cleaning to Sewer Repair: We Do It All!

Dealing with a clogged drain? Think you might need sewer line repairs? Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air is here to help! Since 1978, we’ve been serving all of San Diego County with outstanding plumbing and drain cleaning services for homes and properties of all sizes. No project is too big (or too small!) for our highly trained team. We rely on state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge plumbing technology, like trenchless sewer repair, in order to provide you with the very best services around. When you need drain or sewer services in San Diego, trust the experts at Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air!

Call us at (866) 374-0402 for reliable drain cleaning, sewer repair or replacement, and more. The sooner you schedule your plumbing services, the faster we can help!

Drain Problems? Call Our San Diego Drain Cleaning Experts!

Most people don’t think about drain cleaning until they need it. After all, your home’s pipes and sewer lines are largely unseen – so that means they’re working properly, right? Not always. If your plumbing has recurrent problems (water pooling up in your shower, etc.), it’s time to get a professional diagnosis. A small clog in your toilet, sink, or bathtub might not seem like an issue that requires professional help, but severe clogs can indicate larger problems with your plumbing and sewer line. That’s where we come in.

How to know when it’s time to call a professional drain cleaner:

  • Your drain makes funny sounds (gurgling, etc.)
  • Recurring problems
  • Inefficient draining
  • Unpleasant odors

What You Get When You Hire a San Diego Plumbing Services Expert

First and foremost, a professional plumber can offer experience that most homeowners will never have. After all, drain clearing (among other services) is what we do every day! A skilled technician can help you identify the cause and scope of the issue, so you can rest assured it’ll be completely taken care of. In addition to experience, our team has access to equipment that many homeowners don’t. This includes equipment for not only removing clogs, but identifying them too – such as video equipment that lets us conduct camera inspections to find clogs. At Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air, we unclog pipes with both traditional snaking and more advanced techniques, such as hydrojetting.

Safety first! Keep in mind that do-it-yourself drain cleaning techniques aren’t safe unless handled properly. Strong chemicals can become harmful in small spaces, and even tools bought in-store can pose safety and damage risks without the right training.

Is DIY clogged drain cleaning & repair a good idea?

Not always. In fact, most unclogging products can actually corrode your pipes after repeated use. Additionally, over-the-counter drain cleaning products typically only solve drainage problems temporarily. Most of the time, these products only clear out enough of the clog to allow the chemical solution to pass through the pipes; they don’t actually take care of the whole issue like a plumber could. On top of that, they are – more often than not – potentially harmful to the environment.

By using harsh chemicals over and over again, well-meaning DIYers can inadvertently create long-term issues with their home’s plumbing systems. Other times, the drain with the backup isn’t even the drain that’s really obstructed. Because the pipes in your house are connected, it’s possible that a clog in one location will cause water and sewage to back up in another area of the house. Unfortunately, you can’t detect these types of problems with a DIY drain cleaning solution; you need the help of a professional plumber in San Diego.

“Your receptionist, Hayley, actually listened to what I was saying what my problem was. Unlike 5 others I called. The correct technician was sent, Tim D., with the proper equipment brought by his supervisor Jose C. They cleared my line and to make sure Ricardo S. scoped the line with his camera. What a great team.” - John C.

Drain obstructions can happen at any time and for any number of reasons. In fact, clogged drains are one of the most common plumbing problems we see in San Diego. Luckily, we have the tools and training to quickly tackle even the toughest plumbing disasters.

We handle a full range of drain cleaning services, including but not limited to:

We make it our mission to provide you with fast, effective, and affordable options. Check out our online specials and promotions to learn more about our drain clearing service in San Diego! Plus, when you trust your service to our team, you can rest assured that we’ll leave your home even better than we found it. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Underground Sewer Repair & Root Cutting

Sewer lines can become damaged for a variety of reasons, one of the most common being tree root invasion. Because sewer lines are underneath the ground, they are susceptible to blockages and damage from tree roots. Whether your sewer problem is the result of invasive tree roots or some other problem has occurred, our team can quickly and correctly diagnose the issue and set to work making the necessary repairs. Before beginning any work, we conduct a thorough video sewer inspection to determine the cause of the problem. This will allow us to see if tree roots have begun invading the pipes, or if another blockage or leak is causing the problem. No matter the situation at hand, our team will get to work making any necessary repairs. We even offer trenchless sewer repair to save you time, money, and hassle!

Need a plumber? Get in touch with our team at (866) 374-0402 to schedule your next drain cleaning or sewer service in San Diego or the surrounding areas!

Tips & Advice

Tips & Advice From Our Experts

  • About the VIP Advantage Membership

    The Anderson VIP Advantage Membership is designed to help busy people manage some of their home maintenance issues. We’ll schedule annual tune-ups on your air conditioner or heater to maintain your warranties and do your annual plumbing inspection too! You’ll get the VIP discount for all other services and front of the line privileges for the quickest response time.

    We know you’re busy, so let us help keep your home running smoothly!

    Miguel, Sewer Replacement Specialist
  • How Tree Roots Invade Pipes
    A very common reason for stoppages are tree roots. Tree roots typically enter a pipe through a bad connection. They can’t enter a sewer system that is constructed properly. Roots should never be present. Roots quickly become established and as they grow, they further damage the connection – kind of like a tree sapling that grows through a crack in a sidewalk. If left alone for just a few months, it will cause the sidewalk to crack. That is what happens with tree roots and sewer lines.
    Kyle, Drain Service & Sales Manager
  • How Long Does Concrete Sewer Pipe Last?
    Some sewer pipe is made from Concrete. Typically, this type of concrete pipe lasts a long time, but we do see problems start at the connections due to ground settling or tree root intrusion. Concrete pipe is susceptible to cracks – just like a concrete sidewalk – particularly when stressed from tree roots or offsets. The average lifespan of concrete sewer lines, before you start to encounter stoppage problems, is 30 years. The most common reasons for sewer line stoppages with concrete lines include offsets at connections and breaking pipe due to tree roots and ground settling.
    Miguel, Sewer Replacement Specialist
  • Don't Let Drips Drain Your Wallet...
    High water bill? Could be any number of things, but methodical troubleshooting can save a lot of time and money. First, listen and look for any obvious signs of leaks. The dog may have found a new favorite place to nap which could indicate a slab leak. Check for movement at your water meter while you are sure nothing is running. Dye test toilet tanks to identify failing flappers and flush valves. Do you hear your toilet filling up at night? Look closely at ceilings and baseboards for discoloration and/or bubbling. Check under sinks and place newspaper on the bottoms of vanities to clearly see if drips occur. This is a good starting point, but if you still are unable to identify the origin of a leak, call a licensed plumber, this will save you time and money in the long run. And remember, don't let drips drain your wallet!
    Devin, Plumbing Service & Sales Manager
  • Before You Buy: Do You Know What's Hiding in the Drains?
    Buying a home is exciting and for many, it is a dream come true! But you want to be sure your dream home does not come with a hidden nightmare. An often overlooked and very important part of the home: the main sewer. Having the main drain cleared so a camera (drain vision) can be used to inspect the line can reveal some hidden issues such as deterioration or root intrusions in the line. This simple inspection can save you unwanted surprises and costly repairs prior to buying a home!
    Julie, Plumbing Service & Sales Manager
  • Even Tiny Roots Cause Sewer Damage
    Tree roots are a major cause of pipe damage and should never be present in a properly functioning sewer line. Once cut, even fine, hair-like roots will grow back into the sewer line quicker. Once trees and shrubs find a source of water and nutrients (like the inside of the sewer pipe), they will vigorously attempt to re-establish roots in the pipe after cutting. Root growth outside the pipe will crush or crumble pipe as the root becomes more established, leading to a progression of pipe misalignments, bellies, and collapses.
    Kyle, Drain Service & Sales Manager
  • Cast Iron Pipes
    Cast iron pipes have been manufactured and used in the United States since the early 1800’s. The first usage was for water distribution, but eventually expanded to wastewater disposal. It is naturally porous and over time as it rusts and erodes. It becomes even more porous which causes material to build up inside the pipe, which can lead to stoppages. Or the bottom of the pipe can actually erode due to use and caustic drain cleaning chemicals used through the years. The average life span of cast iron sewer lines before you start to encounter recurring problems is about 30 years. If problems start to occur around 30 years, it's more than likely time to replace.
    Kyle, Drain Service & Sales Manager
  • Got Clay Pipes?
    Clay is one of the most ancient piping materials and was the material of choice for a lot of sewers by the 1880s-1900s. Believe it or not, we still see them today here in San Diego. If you have clay piping, we would most likely recommend a complete replacement when failures begin to occur. The most common reasons for sewer line stoppages with clay lines include offsets at connections and breaking or shattered pipe due to tree roots and ground settling. The expected lifespan of clay sewer lines is about 30 years. Typically, clay pipe lasts a long time, but problems will start at the connections due to ground settling or tree roots. Clay is susceptible to breaking when stressed from tree roots. I am sure you can visualize how it can suddenly break, just like a clay flower pot might if you put too much pressure on it!
    Kyle, Drain Service & Sales Manager
  • You Have Orangeburg Pipe. Now What?
    Orangeburg pipe is made of paper and tar and was only used as a less expensive substitute for cast iron during the 1940s –1970s. And yes, we do see this pipe in San Diego and San Diego County. Due to its composition, Orangeburg will become misshapen (like the profile of an egg lying on its side). Unfortunately, it's not practical to make any kind of spot repair on Orangeburg. In fact, it may not even be legal in your municipality. All Orangeburg piping is past its useful life and should be replaced.
    Kyle, Drain Service & Sales Manager
  • What Causes Sewer Misalignment?

    Misalignments of sewer systems are frequently caused by ground settling which removes the bedding the pipe is laying in. Over time, the misalignment will allow wastewater to leak out of the pipe, further eroding the bed of the pipe and causing the misalignment to get worse.

    Ultimately, it will result in more severe misalignment or full collapse. This can take a while or it can happen pretty quickly.

    Kyle, Drain Service & Sales Manager
  • Tree Roots Collapse Sewer
    Nothing good ever happens when roots invade your drain or sewer line. While the tree roots inside your pipe may be small initially, the root system is fed generously and can cause major (and more costly) damage as they continue to grow and strengthen. What will certainly occur is root penetration will increase, causing a larger and larger separation. This will result in the two pipe sections separating more, causing wastewater to leak out and erode the base underneath the connection. This progression can lead to a full collapse of the sewer line.
    Kyle, Drain Service & Sales Manager
  • Fully Collapsed Sewer Pipe
    When inserting our camera into a cleared drain, if the camera head is fully obstructed, it's pretty clear our customer has a complete collapse of the sewer line. At this point, the problem had to be fixed right away. Typically when you see this, the line has been damaged for a period of time, then finally it gives way due to roots or lack of support. Replacement of the collapsed pipe is the only option.
    Kyle, Drain Service & Sales Manager
  • Partially Collapsed Pipe

    Drain stoppages can occur when a sewer line is starting to collapse, which is not good. When a pipe is this damaged, it is only a matter of time before the line fully collapses.

    While a pipe is only partially collapsed, it is still possible to try a trenchless replacement of the line before it gets any worse. Fixing the pipe as soon as possible can save you money and reduce the disruption to your yard.

    Kyle, Drain Service & Sales Manager
  • Sewer Inspection BEFORE You Buy!
    Before you buy a home, traditionally you require a home inspection. Checking the condition of the sewer system is not included. I would highly recommend spending a small amount to determine its condition. Sewer replacement can be expensive, and every prospective homeowner should take the extra step to ensure they don’t buy a house and literally put thousands of dollars down the drain. How can the condition of sewer pipes be determined? Inquire about the history of the existing homeowner. Frequent blockages, odors, slow drains or rapid growth of vegetation can be tell-tale signs of a compromised pipe. The best and only way to determine the condition of a sewer pipe is to have a camera inspection by a drain specialist. If you hire a specialist, they should have a camera with video capabilities and can provide you a copy of the video.
    Kyle, Drain Service & Sales Manager
  • Does Your Sewer Pipe Have a Paunch?
    As a drain specialist, I can promise a sewage backup is almost always caused by some kind of problem with the pipe. A common cause for sewer backup is a belly in the pipe. Bellies tend to worsen over time (but sometimes very quickly) due to leakage at misaligned connections that erode the pipe bedding. Waste and paper will collect in the pool and build up, creating a dam which will lead to continual stoppages. Most of the material in a sewer line can be removed when we clean the main line, but it will build right back up. Water will continue to leak out of the bad connections, further eroding the bedding of the pipe and the belly will continue to worsen. This can progress from pipe belly to collapse.
    Kyle, Drain Service & Sales Manager
  • Sewer Mainline Stoppage - Foreign Objects
    Unless there is something structurally wrong with the sewer mainline, they rarely back up. Even back-ups that seem to be caused by foreign objects (often graciously donated by toddlers ;)) are typical because of a structural issue with the line. It's uncommon that the cause of a backup is solely the foreign object's presence in the pipe. What more commonly happens, is the object passes through a smaller secondary line that comes from a sink or toilet and enters the mainline. When something like a child’s toy gets flushed down the toilet and it lodges at the connection or beyond, the problem is not that a child’s toy was flushed down the toilet, it is that there is an offset in the sewer line that is in need of repair.
    Mary Jean, Owner/President
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