Jetting drain lines is a method of cleaning and unclogging plumbing pipes using high-pressure water streams. This technique is commonly used for sewer and drain cleaning, and involves inserting a specialized hose into the pipe and blasting it with high-pressure water to remove any debris or buildup.
The jetting process is typically performed by a professional plumber or drain cleaning service, who will use specialized equipment such as a jetting machine and a video inspection camera to identify and locate the blockage. The jetting machine then pumps water at high pressure through the hose and into the pipe, scouring the walls and dislodging any obstructions.
Jetting drain lines is an effective way to remove stubborn clogs and blockages, and can also help prevent future issues by thoroughly cleaning the pipe. However, it is important to note that jetting should be done by a trained professional, as improper use can cause damage to the pipes or even lead to injury.
Drain cleaning is an essential maintenance task that involves removing clogs and blockages from pipes and drains to prevent water backup and sewage overflow. It is a necessary process that should be conducted regularly to ensure the smooth functioning of your plumbing system.
Drains can become clogged due to various reasons, including the accumulation of food debris, grease, hair, soap scum, and other waste materials. When this happens, water and waste materials cannot flow freely, leading to blockages that can cause serious plumbing problems. In extreme cases, clogs can even cause sewage backup, which can be a health hazard.
There are several methods of drain cleaning, including chemical drain cleaners, hydro jetting, and snaking. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages, and the choice of method depends on the severity of the clog and the type of plumbing system.
Chemical drain cleaners are perhaps the most popular method of drain cleaning. They are easy to use, and they work by dissolving the clog using chemicals. However, they are not suitable for all types of clogs, and they can be harmful to the environment and your plumbing system if used improperly.
Hydro jetting is another method of drain cleaning that involves using high-pressure water to clear clogs. It is highly effective and can remove even the toughest clogs. However, it requires specialized equipment and can be costly.
Snaking is a method that involves using a long, flexible cable to dislodge clogs. It is effective for most clogs and is less expensive than hydro jetting. However, it can be time-consuming and may require a skilled technician to operate the equipment properly.
Regular drain cleaning is crucial to maintaining the health and longevity of your plumbing system. It can prevent clogs and blockages from forming, ensuring that water and waste materials flow freely through your pipes. In addition, regular drain cleaning can help you save money by preventing costly repairs and replacements.
There are several signs that your drains may need cleaning. These include slow drainage, gurgling sounds, foul odors, and water backup. If you notice any of these signs, it is essential to contact a professional plumber immediately to prevent further damage to your plumbing system.
In conclusion, drain cleaning is an essential maintenance task that should not be overlooked. It is necessary to keep your plumbing system functioning properly, prevent clogs and blockages, and avoid costly repairs and replacements. Whether you choose chemical drain cleaners, hydro jetting, or snaking, it is crucial to work with a professional plumber who can provide effective and safe solutions for your drain cleaning needs.
They are few things worse than dealing with Grease traps. No matter when or where or how religiously maintained these beasts are always filthy and nasty. And yet they must be maintained on a strict and regular basis. In Calgary, these fixtures MUST be cleaned every month or the business risks facing fines or closure. They must have their record of maintenance completed within 5′ of the appliance. It’s very serious business and one that many restaurants and other such establishments must be aware of.
What can be even worse is when a business takes it responsibility seriously and hires out this work to be done and the company hired fails to perform!! This is exactly what happened in the linked video!!
In the above example the business paid a firm for over a year to clean their traps and never once actually had the service performed!! We discovered the issue on a routine maintenance call on another matter. As a professional business and tradesmen we take our roles very seriously. We want to ensure that both the health of our clients and the operations of their businesses are well cared for. Beware of those that offer deals that seem too good to be true as they often are.
One of our most trusted brands in the grease trap world is Canplas, you learn more about them here! Canplas Grease Traps with technology that is always improving, few companies provide similar innovations and options. Check them out!!
If you have questions or need service right away don’t hesitate to reach out to Baker Plumbing and we’ll make sure the nastiest parts of your business are well cared for!!
In a world full of pretenders with their stock photos, pressed uniforms and canned phrases Baker Plumbing stands apart with the experience, tools and the knowledge that makes the difference. Youtube feature Slaying Drains With 65 years of said experience, we much like John Wick who is highly confident in his abilities and carried a reputation of being greatly respected and feared by many within his field. Baker Plumbing enjoys many of the same associations. John Wick the Movie
Baker Plumbing continues its growth and development as a family owned plumbing service contractor. With the addition of Isaiah and Peter to the ranks, the 4th generation of plumbing in Calgary is well under way. Isaiah is months away from completing his journeyman’s ticket, only delayed by the COVID_19 shutdown. Pete’s freshly back from an LDS service mission the Philippines (and yes, he’s fully fluent in Tagalog) so test him if you’d like! We’re very pleased and excited that our scope of work and our ability to diversify is expanding!
With the ability to service both large and small commercial businesses and with a strong and vibrant residential client list. Baker serves not only Calgary and area but Lethbridge, Airdrie, High River, Okotoks, Bragg Creek, Springbank, Priddis and many others. From drain cleaning, emergency plumbing services, HVAC and furnace repairs to boiler maintenance, back flow or cross connection testing. If you need a 24 hour plumber in Calgary, we can tackle any project.
See what over 65 years of knowledge, experience and skills can bring to your project,
It comes as no surprise to anyone, plumbing is considered almost as the premiere career of dirty deeds. From septic fields, blocked sewage lines, grease traps, and plugged toilets. All would be considered the dirtiest of deeds. Tasks most people would rather run from, let alone actually talk about.
As shown by the video embedded anyone can see that we are prepared and ready to tackle the dirtiest of deeds that may arise in your life both planned or unplanned.
A thousand years ago our ancestors travelled over the island of Scotland and Ireland. They believed as we do today that Fortune Favors the Brave. Need a brave/bold plumber to discreetly handle your nastiest of plumbing problems then Baker Plumbing is the drain contractor, plumber and/or service team you need to get your through. Whether it’s a commercial or residential plumbing contractor then call us today. We’ll deal with all those dirty deeds, happily.
If you’re havin’ trouble with the high school head
He’s givin’ you the blues
You want to graduate but not in ‘is bed
Here’s what you gotta do
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I’m always home
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I lead a life of crime
You got problems in your life of love
You got a broken heart
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Baker Plumbing takes its responsibility of cleaning and maintaining your plumbing and drainage systems so seriously that we only use the very best in tools.
Drain cameras have become an essential tool in providing both us and our clients the most accurate in information and assessments.
Truly its impossible to successfully diagnosis what might be happening to your drains without the drain camera being used.
These miracles of technology have come a long way over the last several years in resolution and in data transfer. We can now send video of your unique plumbing system with these amazing drain cameras almost instantly and provide equally fast solutions to any issues that we find during our examinations.
Drain inspection cameras that are affordable for the average contractor have been around for about 25 years. They have become sophisticated electronic devices and, like anything to do with electronics, the pace of change is rapid.
“The technology in cameras is advancing rapidly, probably more so than any of our other product lines,” noted Marty Silverman, vice president, marketing, for General Pipe Cleaners, McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania.
In that short period of time, they have evolved from 50 lb. machines that recorded on VHS tape – if they recorded at all – to today’s compact three-pound machines that record via Wi-Fi to a smartphone or tablet.
A better picture
The primary purpose of a drain camera is to see what is blocking the drain. That sounds obvious, but manufacturers have gone to considerable lengths to improve the picture of not only what is ahead of the camera, but on some camera models improved peripheral vision helps the technician do a detailed inspection of the pipe walls and see clearly the type of pipe connections they are dealing with.
Pan and tilt – in which the camera lens rotates and tilts so the operator can inspect the walls of the pipe – is now available in smaller cameras, noted Frank D’Andrea, president of Ratech Electronics, Toronto. The company’s Pan n’ Tilt Push model is designed to inspect four to 12-inch lines, making it practical for residential and small commercial sewer inspection. “It allows you to see a lot closer and in a lot more detail.”
Ridgid, Elyria, Ohio, recently introduced its TruSense technology on standard and mini reels. It includes High Dynamic Range (HDR) and TiltSense technology. “The HDR balances out the light and the image in the pipe so you get a clearer overall image as well as being able to see much further down the line,” explained Amy Moneypenny, global product manager for underground technology, inspection and locating.
HDR balances the light and dark areas on the colour picture to avoid overly bright or dark areas. “You can see all the walls of the pipe in greater detail with HDR.” It can also be turned off for greater contrast. “On the monitor, they can toggle the HDR on and off depending on the job and situation,” she added.
Ridgid’s TiltSense technology is an onboard inclinometer that measures and displays the pitch of the camera, allowing the plumber to immediately see the slope of the pipe, plus or minus in degrees. “When you are in muck and water and you can’t see much of anything, you can quickly find bellies in the pipe that you would not normally be able to see,” said Jeff Albertini, Ridgid global product manager, underground technologies, hand-held tools.
Winter officially begins on December 21, yet if you live in Calgary you know that winter starts far sooner that than. In fact winter in Calgary is about to start this weekend with the mercury dipping below -20C. With temperatures like that it won’t take long to find out if your furnace, boiler and fireplace is working properly.
If by some chance you find out that one of your heating appliamces is not up to snuff. Baker Plumbing is ready with the knowledge, experience, tools and skills to get things warmed up fast!
Here’s a little more information on our favorite season, winter!
Winter is Coming
Winter, coldest season of the year, between autumn and spring; the name comes from an old Germanic word that means “time of water” and refers to the rain and snow of winter in middle and high latitudes. In the Northern Hemisphere it is commonly regarded as extending from the winter solstice (year’s shortest day), December 21 or 22, to the vernal equinox (day and night equal in length), March 20 or 21, and in the Southern Hemisphere from June 21 or 22 to September 22 or 23. The low temperatures associated with winter occur only in middle and high latitudes; in equatorial regions, temperatures are almost uniformly high throughout the year.
Definition of Winter
Winter is the coldestseason of the year in polar and temperate zones (winter does not occur in most of the tropical zone). It occurs after autumn and before spring in each year. Winter is caused by the axis of the Earth in that hemisphere being oriented away from the Sun. Different cultures define different dates as the start of winter, and some use a definition based on weather. When it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere, it is summer in the Southern Hemisphere, and vice versa. In many regions, winter is associated with snow and freezing temperatures. The moment of winter solstice is when the Sun’s elevation with respect to the North or South Pole is at its most negative value (that is, the Sun is at its farthest below the horizon as measured from the pole). The day on which this occurs has the shortest day and the longest night, with day length increasing and night length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice. The earliest sunset and latest sunrise dates outside the polar regions differ from the date of the winter solstice, however, and these depend on latitude, due to the variation in the solar day throughout the year caused by the Earth’s elliptical orbit (see earliest and latest sunrise and sunset).
As Spring arrives and the urge to clean arises, it the time to clean those drains. Your plumbing system is much like your arteries, they need to clear of obstructions to in order for proper flow and use. At Baker Plumbing, your local drainage contractor which means we clean drains locally, we have all the necessary equipment to do the job right the first time.
For commercial properties one of the most effective tools is the jetter. Capable of blasting dirt and debris with up to 3000 psi, those drains will sparkling inside and out. Most importantly your drains will remain trouble free with regular maintenance, ensuring no downtime during operating hours.
The next time your worried about your drains, give Baker Plumbing a call! We’re your local drain expert.
How does Drain Jetting work?
Drain jetting is a high pressure cleaning method for blocked drains and sewer pipes. It works by pumping water – which is stored in tanks – through a high pressure hose fitted with a jetting nozzle.
This forces powerful streams of water into the pipe, allowing drainage engineers to target blockages and dislodge them with sustained assault.
Remove large drain blockages
Drain jetting is most useful when removing larger, stubborn blockages from pipes. Jetting hoses can negotiate tight bends in pipes, so are great for tackling clogs that would be difficult to reach by any other means – drain rods or DIY clearing kits, for instance.
Clean your drains in the process
Drain jetting is also an effective preventative measure. The sheer focused power of the jet spray won’t just remove a blockage, it will clean the pipe surface itself, reducing the risk of grime, oils, fats and other waste products gathering and turning back into a blockage.
As you can expect, this also improves the flow, efficiency and performance of your pipes; think of drain jetting as a highly intensive spa treatment for your sewer, refreshing it and restoring it back to peak performance.
Baker Plumbing in Calgary is one of city’s premiere drainage contractors. Providing drain cleaning, inspections and solutions since 1956. With a entire arsenal of augers, cameras, locators, snakes, steaming and jetting equipment, along the knowledge and expertise required to get the job done right the very first time. If you have a plumbing issue related to plugged, foul smelling, or slow drains, call Baker Plumbing today
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DWV systems maintain neutral air pressure in the drains, allowing free flow of water and sewage down drains and through waste pipes by gravity. It is critical that a sufficient downward slope be maintained throughout, to keep liquids and entrained solids flowing freely towards the main drain from the building. In some situations, a downward slope out of a building to the sewer cannot be created, and a special collection pit and grinding lift “sewage ejector” pump are needed. By contrast, potable water supply systems operate under pressure to distribute water up through buildings, and do not require a continuous downward slope in their piping.
Every fixture is required to have an internal or external trap; double trapping is prohibited by plumbing codes due to its susceptibility to clogging. Every plumbing fixture must also have an attached vent. The top of stacks must be vented too, via a stack vent, which is sometimes called a stink pipe.
All plumbing waste fixtures use traps to prevent sewer gases from leaking into the house. Through traps, all fixtures are connected to waste lines, which in turn take the waste to a “soil stack”, or “soil vent pipe”. At the building drain system’s lowest point, the drain-waste vent is attached, and rises (usually inside a wall) to and out of the roof. Waste exits from the building through the building’s main drain and flows through a sewage line, which leads to a septic system or a public sewer. Cesspits are generally prohibited in developed areas.
The venting system, or plumbing vents, consists of a number of pipes leading from waste pipes to the outdoors, usually through the roof. Vents provide a means to release sewer gases outside instead of inside the house. Vents also admit oxygen to the waste system to allow aerobic sewage digestion, and to discourage noxious anaerobic decomposition.[further explanation needed] Vents provide a way to equalize the pressure on both sides of a trap, thereby allowing the trap to hold the water which is needed to maintain effectiveness of the trap, and avoiding “trap suckout” which otherwise might occur.
A sewer pipe is normally at neutral air pressure compared to the surrounding atmosphere. When a column of waste water flows through a pipe, it compresses air ahead of it in the pipe, creating a positive pressure that must be released so it does not push back on the waste stream and downstream trap water seals. As the column of water passes, air must freely flow in behind the waste stream, or negative pressure results. The extent of these pressure fluctuations is determined by the fluid volume of the waste discharge.
Excessive negative air pressure, behind a “slug” of water that is draining, can siphon water from traps at plumbing fixtures. Generally, a toilet outlet has the shortest trap seal, making it most vulnerable to being emptied by induced siphonage. An empty trap can allow noxious sewer gases to enter a building.
On the other hand, if the air pressure within the drain becomes suddenly higher than ambient, this positive transient could cause waste water to be pushed into the fixture, breaking the trap seal, with serious hygiene and health consequences if too forceful. Tall buildings of three or more stories are particularly susceptible to this problem. Vent stacks are installed in parallel to waste stacks to allow proper venting in tall buildings.
Most residential building drainage systems in North America are vented directly through the building roofs. The DWV pipe is typically ABS or PVC DWV-rated plastic pipe equipped with a flashing at the roof penetration to prevent rainwater from entering the buildings. Older homes may use copper, iron, lead or clay pipes, in rough order of increasing antiquity.
Under many older building codes, a vent stack (a pipe leading to the main roof vent) is required to be within a 5-foot (1.5 m) radius of the draining fixture it serves (sink, toilet, shower stall, etc.). To allow only one vent stack, and thus one roof penetration as permitted by local building code, sub-vents may be tied together inside the building and exit via a common vent stack. One additional requirement for a vent stack connection occurs when there are very long horizontal drain runs with very little slope to the run. Adding a vent connection within the run will aid flow, and when used with a cleanout allows for better serviceability of the long run.
A blocked vent is a relatively common problem caused by anything from leaves, to dead animals, to ice dams in very cold weather, or a horizontal section of the venting system, sloped the wrong way and filled with water from rain or condensation. Symptoms range from bubbles in the toilet bowl when it is flushed, to slow drainage, and all the way to siphoned (empty) traps which allow sewer gases to enter the building.
When a fixture trap is venting properly, a “sucking” sound can often be heard as the fixture vigorously empties out during normal operation. This phenomenon is harmless, and is different from “trap suckout” induced by pressure variations caused by wastewater movement elsewhere in the system, which is not supposed to allow interactions from one fixture to another. Toilets are a special case, since they are usually designed to self-siphon to ensure complete evacuation of their contents; they are then automatically refilled by a special valve mechanism.
Mechanical vents (also called cheater vents) come in two types: Air admittance valves and check vents, the latter being a vent with a check valve.
Air admittance valves (AAVs, or commonly referred to in the UK as Durgo valves and in the US as Studor vents and Sure-Vent®) are negative-pressure-activated, one-way mechanical valves, used in a plumbing or drainage venting system to eliminate the need for conventional pipe venting and roof penetrations. A discharge of wastewater causes the AAV to open, releasing the vacuum and allowing air to enter the plumbing vent pipe for proper pressure equalization.
Since AAVs will only operate under negative pressure situations, they are not suitable for all venting applications, such as venting a sump, where positive pressures are created when the sump fills. Also, where positive drainage pressures are found in larger buildings or multi-story buildings, an air admittance valve could be used in conjunction with a positive pressure reduction device such as the PAPA positive air pressure attenuator to provide a complete venting solution for more complicated drainage venting systems.
Using AAVs can significantly reduce the amount of venting materials needed in a plumbing system, increase plumbing labor efficiency, allow greater flexibility in the layout of plumbing fixtures, and reduce long-term roof maintenance problems associated with conventional vent stack roofing penetrations.
While some state and local building departments prohibit AAVs, the International Residential and International Plumbing Codes allow it to be used in place of a vent through the roof. AAVs are certified to reliably open and close a minimum of 500,000 times, (approximately 30 years of use) with no release of sewer gas; some manufacturers claim their units are tested for up to 1.5 million cycles, or at least 80 years of use. AAVs have been effectively used in Europe for more than two decades.[when?]
Island fixture vent for under-cabinet waste plumbing
An island fixture vent, sometimes colloquially called a “Chicago Loop”, “Boston loop” or “Bow Vent”, is an alternate way of venting the trap installed on an under counter island sink or other similar applications where a conventional vertical vent stack or air admittance valve is not feasible or allowed.
As with all drains, ventilation must be provided to allow the flowing waste water to displace the sewer gas in the drain, and then to allow air (or some other fluid) to fill the vacuum which would otherwise form as the water flows down the pipe.
An island fixture vent provides an elegant solution for this necessity: when the drain is opened, water displaces the sewer gas up to the sanitary tee, the water flows downward while sewer gas is displaced upward and toward the vent. The vent can also provide air to fill any vacuum created.
The key to a functional island fixture vent is that the top elbow must be at least as high as the “flood level” (the peak possible drain water level in the sink). This ensures that the vent never becomes waterlogged.
The cost of installation is high because of the number of elbows and small pieces of pipe required. The largest cost outlay with modern plastic drain pipes is labor. Use of street elbows is helpful.
Alternately if moving sink to an island sink, install the P-trap below the floor of the island and vent off the top of the drain. Attach toward the trap and reverse 180 degrees so any water in the vent flows down the drain. Slope drain down, slope vent up, and attach to existing vent from previous existing fixture that is now abandoned. Patch previously existing drain to become vent. In Canada, the national plumbing code requires that the minimum trap arm be at least 2 times the pipe diameter, (e.g., 1.25 inch pipe needs a 2.5-inch trap arm, 1.5 pipe needs a 3-inch trap arm, etc.) and that the vent pipe be one size larger than the drain that it serves, also a cleanout is required on both the vent and the drain. The reason for this is in the event of a plugged sink, the waste water will back up and go down the vent, possibly plugging the vent (as it is under the countertop), and a clean-out would permit the cleaning of the pipes.
Ridgid products give us the ability to solve most any drain issue that may ever arise! Let Baker Plumbing be your first call when plumbing problems flood you out! Baker is ready, willing and able to address all manner of plumbing and drain issue, whether they be commercial or residential. Today we were able to serve a local neighbor what was experiencing poor drain performance, also known as a sluggish drain. With the COVID-19 lock down in full affect, this household used a little too much toilet paper which eventually plugged the entire upper floor. Watch our YouTube video linked here and see the entire drama unfold. If you’ve ever experienced an entire floor plumbing blockage then you know its drama. Don’t damage the system further by adding harmful chemicals, get it done properly. Call Baker Plumbing today!!