drain clearing services

All of the drains in your home are connected through a complicated plumbing system. When one area is clogged, your whole home can be affected. Many types of materials such as grease, hair, or tree roots can cause a drain clog.

Thankfully, our fully licensed and certified plumbers can use modern, state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose and quickly remove the unwanted debris that is clogging up your plumbing system. Snell Heating & Air Conditioning provides drain clearing services to homes in Centreville, Arlington, Reston, Alexandria, and other areas of Virginia. Give us a call by phone at (703) 782-3566 or book an appointment online to receive help.

Top 8 Items To Never Put Down Your Drain

Egg Shells

Eggshells themselves may seem harmless, but when you send them down the drain, the garbage disposal grinds them up into small bits and then they get stuck in grease and fat and other oily substances to create a thick mess that can easily clog your pipes.

Grease, Fats, and Oils

These three substances are combined because they seem to be the trifecta of kitchen plumbing problems. These substances account for over 47% of all sewer overflows that happen in the US each year. Although cooking with these three are the most common in the kitchen, they create small globs that coat your pipes. This will create a blockage and restrict the flow of water in the pipe.

Cotton Balls and Paper Towels

Just because paper towels and cotton balls are biodegradable doesn’t mean they’ll dissolve instantly. They’re designed to be absorbent, which actually makes them the perfect culprit to clog pipes.

Household Fluids

Household fluids include things such as household cleaners and car fluids. While these don’t necessarily cause clogs in your pipes, these chemicals can be harmful when they are mixed into the water supply. If you’re washing them down the drain, they will make it into the water


This is one of the most serious issues we could address. Washing paint down the drain is a major problem. In fact, most localities have rules and regulations about the disposal of paints — both water- and oil-based ones. The issue isn’t so much with the condition of your pipes themselves. The big issue is the number of toxins and chemicals from the paint that can end up in the water supply.

Flushable Kitty Litter

Although it does say “flushable”, the use of that word is extremely inaccurate when it comes to your plumbing system. Even flushable kitty litter has been proven to clog drains and cause huge problems in septic systems.

Coffee Grounds

Most people assume that coffee grounds are small enough that they won’t stick around in your pipes, but that’s not the case. In fact, most plumbers say that coffee grounds are one of the most likely sources of a clog in your kitchen pipes.

Produce Stickers

Although it does not seem like these little stickers could do much damage, they can cause more problems than one. Believe it or not, even the little bit of adhesive that’s on them can be enough to cause them to stick to the insides of the pipes. If they make it past your pipes, they can also get caught in wastewater treatment pipes and filters, causing problems with the equipment designed to treat your water. If somehow they make it past both of these barriers, they can end up in the water supply

Power Rodding Services

Developed as an alternative to drain snakes, a power rodding system utilizes a flexible metal cable that threads into drain systems and around bends and joints. An electric motor rotates the cable, causing a sharp cleaning head to turn at a high rate of speed. This action obliterates the obstruction blocking the pipe, shears off any protrusions such as tree roots and shaves away years of sludge buildup.

The high-speed cutting tool shreds the obstructive material blocking the pipe into small fragments that are easily flushed away when the flow of water is introduced into the pipe. Snell Heating & Air Conditioning provides power rodding and drain clearing services to homeowners in Virginia. Contact our team to receive assistance with your problem.

Hydro Jetting Services

The newest revolution in drain cleaning, this technology utilizes extremely high-pressure jets of water to blast away pipe clogs, decimate sludge accumulation, and even slice and dice infiltrating tree roots. Hydro jetting equipment utilizes a thin, high-pressure line capped with a nozzle that disperses multiple jets of water in all directions.

The pressure of the water — anywhere from 3,500 to 4,500 psi — is sufficient to not only blast away the central blockage but also cut tree roots and reduce them to small fragments as well as scour the pipe walls of sludge and grease accumulation. Snell Heating & Air Conditioning provides hydro jetting drain cleaning services near you in areas of Virginia such as Centreville, Alexandria, and Arlington.

Plumbing Repair & Install Services in Alexandria and Other Areas of Virginia

As a premier drain cleaning company, Snell is leading the industry by cleaning more drains and performing more sewer line repairs than any other company. Snell can help with any kind of clogged drain and address all sewer cleaning issues. We provide drain cleaning and plumbing services to homes in areas of Virginia such as Reston, Arlington, and Centreville. Our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.