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Drain Cleaning San Diego, CA

The Bill Howe Plumbing team of repair and drain cleaning San Diego specialists provides a full range of services to solve the most demanding residential and commercial needs. We have the experience, knowledge, and equipment to solve all of your drain problems.

With more than 40 years of experience, our drain and sewer experts use the proper plumbing snakes, augers, and drain cleaning machines to conquer the toughest clogs.

If you’re experiencing problems like recurring drain clogs or roots within your line, we have the correct and permanent solution to leave homeowners residential and commercial drains clear and free of obstruction. Bill Howe’s team can even repair broken sewer drain lines without digging.

Our technicians are trained extensively in operating different machines with special attention to providing the quickest and most efficient solution to your problem. After all, we have been snaking San Diego’s drains since 1980.

Common Sewer and Drain Clogs

Kitchen Sink Drains

Kitchen sink drains often become clogged due to grease and sludge buildup and overuse from garbage disposers. Bill Howe recommends that homeowners avoid putting any oils, fats, or grease down the drain. Homeowners should scrape plates and wipe down pots and pans prior to rinsing them in the sink to ensure even residual grease is kept out of the sink as much as possible.

Grease will build up over time, hardening and creating a blockage of the pipe. Many times, when the kitchen sink backs up, it is because of food items put into the drain. The food items themselves are not always the cause, rather they get stuck in the line with heavy buildup.

Avoid using the garbage disposer, even if the disposer says it is okay. Food items in the drain may pass through, but they eventually end up in the drain lines and can cause major problems down the line.

Kitchen lines with heavy grease buildup can sometimes be cleared with a plumbing snake, however if the grease is heavy the sink will likely continue to clog. The best, and permanent method to clear the line is by using a kitchen sink drain hydro jetter to degrease the line. Once the line is cleared, keep oils out of the line and use the disposer minimally to avoid a returning problem.

Lavatory, Shower & Tub Drains

Bathroom drains can become clogged for many reasons. Lavatory sinks get heavy buildup from soap scum and products, showers and tubs tend to clog due to excess hair. These are preventable clogs with a few easy steps from homeowners.

Avoid using too much soap products in the bathroom sink and always let the water run for a few seconds after use.

For shower and tub drains, homeowners can make sure to use a strainer in the drain. Most drains have a basket strainer, but the holes are big enough to allow hair to collect and go down the drain. It often gets stuck causing backups. Local home stores sell mesh strainers built to collect the hair and save a drain snaking.

Toilets & Main Sewer Drains

Toilet clogs can happen on their own or in tandem with main sewer line clogs. For simple toilet clogs, often a toilet auger will take care of the issue, something that homeowners can even handle themselves. However, if the toilet is clogged along with tub drains or homeowners notice a leak at the toilet base, it is a sign of a larger main sewer drain clog.

Main sewer line clogs can happen due to a variety of causes such as roots, broken lines due to age, and putting paper towels, feminine products or other non-flushable items in the line. The only material that should be put down the line is toilet paper, and this should be limited.

Area Drains

Area drains are common in San Diego to help divert storm and rain waters from overflowing and flooding yards and homes. Area drains can become clogged easily during dry weather as they do not get much use. Debris, dirt, leaves, and rocks can obstruct area drain lines, but homeowners may not discover the blockage until it’s too late. The best maintenance for area drains is an annual snaking before the rainy season and a camera inspection to view the condition of the line.



Drain Clog Solutions

Bill Howe offers solutions to avoid clogged drain lines. Many customers can find online DIY remedies like baking soda to clear kitchen drain clogs or reach for chemical drain cleaners; however, it is recommended that homeowners do their research before using these methods. The best way to prevent a drain clog is by avoiding putting items in the line that do not belong.

Camera inspections are often used to view the condition of the line and help our plumbers determine the best method for repair. Camera inspections can be used on toilets, main sewer drain lines and in some cases kitchen sink drains.

Hydro Jetting solutions can clear heavy root intrusion in main sewer lines, as well as grease buildup in kitchen sink drains. Hydro Jetting uses high powered water to clear the line opening the pipe for normal flow. Hydro Jetting is a good solution for minor blockages and lines that are in stable condition.

Epoxy lining is a proven effective method for repair of broken drain lines, sewer lines heavily invaded with roots, lines with cracks or holes, low spots, and troublesome lines. Bill Howe uses the latest epoxy lining technology to help homeowners save money and avoid digging up the main sewer line for repair. Lining solutions create a new pipe within the existing pipe and come with a 15 year warranty.

Sometimes a drain line replacement cannot be avoided. If a homeowner is experiencing lines that are broken beyond simple repairs, a camera inspection will be performed to view the line and provide an estimate for replacement. Usually, replacements are due to aging infrastructure in older homes.

Whether homeowners have a minor clog in their bathroom sink or experience constant backups in their main sewer lines, Bill Howe has experience in all drain problems. With 24/7 emergency service, homeowners can rely on the professional team of experts at Bill Howe. For rate quotes or to schedule service, call 1-800 BILL HOWE (245-5469).

What David says about us

Service for new garbage disposal. My ancient garbage disposal quit working, went online to get Bill Howe’s number, immediately received and accepted chat to describe my needs. Prompt call back to schedule an appointment, service tech Allen was out same morning, which was important to fit my work schedule. Job estimate was clear, work done fully to my expectations, area left clean, and price was very fair.
I was not surprised — I have used Bill Howe plumbers for several other tasks in the past. I have always found their staff to be helpful, attentive, and the plumbers very courteous and capable.

January 2020


What Michelle says about us

I have been using Bill Howe since the late 1980’s, their service has always been excellent, plumbing, heating and restoration. I am most impressed by the integrity of their employees, not only do they know their work/skill, they do not waste time, they are so efficient, they are so helpful and they are a true “service”!

February 2020


What Mira says about us

Bill Howe never fails us! We had a drain overflow, and Scott came (on a Saturday) to look at it and offer solution. He was punctual, professional, and extremely helpful. I should also praise the main office for always being helpful and always finding solutions. Very grateful to have you in San Diego!

February 2020

Restoration & Flood

What Ed Gohlich says about us

Cory was our technician on this job. We had a time sensitive repair issue and Bill Howe understood and assisted with getting the job done quickly.
Cory was on time to start the job and finished it quickly. Upon his leaving our home he’s was courteous, very knowledgeable, explaining what the problem was and how he fixed it. Very good communication and this is the way it’s has always been when we use Bill Howe plumbing.
Great company to work with.
Thanks Cory.

August 2019

Heating & Cooling

What Eric says about us

I had a shower that would not drain. The employee arrived on time and fixed the problem quickly and effectively at a very fair price. I was very happy with everything. Thank you and I highly recommend your plumbing service.

January 2019


What Bridgett says about us

I am extremely happy with the service we received from Bill Howe Plumbing. We were given an incorrect diagnosis of our main sewer line from another vendor, but Bill Howe’s servicemen came out for a second opinion, correctly diagnosed our problem and resolved our back up issues. We will continue to use Bill Howe for all our future plumbing needs!

Thank you Bill Howe Plumbing.

July 2019