Harvard, IL
KBI Plumbing

Do you have a clogged Drain line? Kbi Plumbing can clear any obstructions with our "Rodding" services. Whether it's "Kitchen Lines, Bathroom Lines, or any other Lines we have the tools and experience to remove debris, tree roots, grease, mud, and much much more.

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Drain Cleaning | Rodding Deals

Near Harvard, IL

Main 

Sewer Line

Power Rodding

$ $129
One time payment

Secondary

Sewer Line

Power Rodding

$ $89
One time payment

Any

Hydro Jetting

Starting at

$ $385
One time payment

Signs You May Need You're Drain Lines Cleaned Harvard, IL

  • Drains Clog Frequently
  • Tree's Have Grown Around Or Near Your Sewer Lines
  • There's A Large Obstruction In Your Lines
  • You've Experienced an Increase In Your Water Bill
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Older Homes And Why They Need Frequent Drain Line CleanOuts | Harvard, IL

Homes built prior to the 1980s tend to be more susceptible to drain clogging issues.
            To minimize blockages and clogs it's a good idea to annually have the drain lines cleaned.

            A simple, effective and affordable method of cleaning would be through
            Drain & Sewer Rodding, aka  Power Rodding. Power Rodding is a method of clearing Sewer & Drain Lines & Pipes through the use of rotating blades that chop through the clogging debris

BEWARE of Plumbers that guarantee they can | Harvard, IL

What Drain & Sewer Services CAN NOT Guarantee

Grease blockages occur in waste or sanitary Lines. Grease typically enters the Line from the kitchen sink, dishwasher and garbage disposal. Lines packed with grease need to be Drain rodded out. Calculating the volume of Grease in a Line is impossible. Since the amount is unknown Drain rodding clears the Line blockage the job is assumed to be complete. If by chance the drain Line is filled with grease, the grease will droop, closing the recently cleared path that the Drain Rodder cleared, clogging the Drain Line again. Upon this occurrence, additional steps are required in order to open the Drain Line. Grease receptors, periodic roddings and water jet rodding, chemicals specially designed for grease can help with preventative maintenance, and contribute to an overall reduction of grease and oil products that enter the Drain Lines.

When running the disposal, always run cold water before and at least wait two minutes after grinding from the garbage disposal is completed before moving on to wash the food waste down the drain Line. Grounding up food in small batches, allows the food to wash down the drain Line, this helps prevent the disposal and drain Line from becoming clogged up. Avoid grinding up these foods: Corn Husks, Corn Cobs; Onion Peel; Artichoke Leaves, Banana peels, Celery, or any other fibrous foods.

Mud can enter Drain Line s from driveway or area drains and yard waste can enter drain Lines from dirty gutter Lines.
Because neither mud nor organic matter will break down into a liquid form like sewage, this matter tends to accumulate and create stoppages. The only way to prevent these types of stoppages is to keep driveway drains and gutters clean, and perform preventative rodding maintenance on those Lines.

Many people do not realize that sanitary Drain Lines are ONLY designed to accept human waste or toilet paper. Anything else flushed down the Line, can cause blockages.

A blockage caused by broken or collapsed Lines usually occurs with age and is normally caused by interaction with tree roots, heaving and settling of the earth or settling of the building. A broken or sheared Drain Line is usually found by pulling mud back on the end of the rod or an inability of the rod to go any further into the Drain Line. Once a Drain Line has broken, the only remedy is to insert a Drain camera into the Line to determine the true cause of the problem, the location of the problem and the condition of the Line up to the point of the problem. The decision to repair or replace the Drain Line and the cost associated with the work cannot be determined without first inspecting the Drain Line.

Small Drain Lines that have a 90' bend often times cause blockages. Many older types of waste fittings that were widely adopted in the past are commonly found to cause problems. These Drain Waste Fittings are no longer used today and can be fixed by replacing the Drain Lines.

A broken Line will slowly accumulate waste matter flowing down the pipe until the DrainLine stops up. Once we determine that a Drain Line is broken, there is no way to determine how long the Line will remain open or how much time it will take before the broken Line worsens, making an immediate dig and repair necessary.

In the Midwest, our weather freezes the ground in the wintertime. The ground contains water. When water freezes it expands and heaves the ground upward. In the spring, the ground thaws and the earth settles again. The continuous freeze-thaw cycles can cause the ground surrounding a Drain Line to heave causing a sag in the Line. If the Drain Line already has a leak, allowing the surrounding ground to become saturated, the freeze-thaw cycle can have a more pronounced effect.

Drain Lines will sometimes sag. This happens when the ground underneath the Drain settles or the ground heaves up due to frost. When the ground moves, the Drain Line no longer has the standard, steady quarter inch drop per foot but will create a sag or belly that will trap waste and water. When waste becomes trapped in the sagging portion of the Drain pipe, that waste will harden and slowly accumulate until a Line stoppage occurs. Normal Drain rodding will usually remove the stoppage and clear the Drain Line but this will only be a short lived temporary solution. Only a dig and replacement of the sagged Drain Line can provide a longer lasting repair.

When city storm and sanitary Lines are full or "charged," the drain Lines that run from the home cannot drain. Additionally, the full city drain Lines carry much more debris than the individual house Drains. Sometimes when a city Drain fills to the point where it starts to back up, water and debris flow up the Drain Line toward the home. Once the city Drain empties, that debris is left behind which can cause a Line stoppage. Depending upon how much water is backing up into a city Drain main, that Drain main can become full to the point where it backs up into and floods a home. There is nothing that can prevent the flooding once it starts. Once the city Drain drains, the water left in the basement will usually drain away. There are a few ways to prevent a full city Drain from flooding a basement, they include the installation of a standpipes or a backwater valve.

Less common are blockages caused by malfunctioning check valves or back flow preventors. Repair or replacement of these devices along with annual maintenance should help to eliminate problems.

Less common are blockages caused by malfunctioning check valves or back flow preventors. Repair or replacement of these devices along with annual maintenance should help to eliminate problems.

Drain Line Preventative Maintenance Versus Repair Replacement | Harvard IL

Drain Line Preventative Maintenance

There are many customers who are on preventative maintenance schedules with our company. The idea is to rod a Drain Line with enough frequency to prevent the Drain Line from backing up into the house. The frequency of rodding maintenance is historically based and differs with every Drain Line. We have customers who know, from past experience, that they need to rod their Drain anywhere from once every other year to up to 4 times a year.

Over time, a Drain will require move frequent rodding maintenance because problems with a Drain Line do not get better over time, they get worse. When a customer reaches the point where they require preventative rodding maintenance two or more times a year, we will usually suggest inspecting the Line with our Drain camera to determine the type of problem and a cost for a long lasting solution.

At this point the customer has to decide how much longer they intend on living in the house and calculate the maintenance cost versus the repair. Other considerations should include the risk of damage when a Drain does backup (if not repaired) and the value of the home when selling due to a problematic Drain, (Disclosure laws prevent homeowners from not informing prospective buyers of the Drain history.

Drain Line Repair, Replacement, And Excavation

If preventative Drain rodding isn't regularly maintained, roots can overgrow the Drain Line allowing debris to accumulate past the point where Drain Rodding can no longer be performed.

If Drain rodding takes longer than 3 hours and debris is still being removed odds are if Drain rodding continues time is being wasted rodding when it should be used excavating. With our equipment 3 hours indicates a large blockage.

When we rod a Drain Line and we hit an obstruction, we remove our cables and re-try the rodding process two or three times more before considering excavation for a solution.


If the Drain rodding cables get pulled out of the Drain for inspection, and clay is found on the cutting head, this is a clear indication that the Drain Line is broken and excavation is the proper step for repair.

Not all Drain Lines can be Drain rodded to clear. When a Drain Line has an irregularly large root infestation, collapses, or shears; Excavation becomes the only solution and the Drain Line will require replacement of a portion or the entire Drain Line.

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