Common Plumbing Issues


As a family-owned and –operated plumbing company, Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Service proudly serves customers throughout Washington and Oregon. We understand the value of an efficient plumbing system, so when your drains and pipes are showing signs of trouble, we can help. Our talented team of residential and commercial plumbing specialists has up-to-date equipment, industry-leading skills, and competitively priced plumbing services. Give us a call when your home or office is experiencing plumbing woes and let us bring reliable results and outstanding customer service to your project.


Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Service has been in business since 1984, which means we have dealt with a great number of plumbing issues. From simple maintenance work to complex replacement projects, our knowledgeable technicians have solved an array of plumbing complications, but along the way, we have noticed that a few issues pop up more frequently than others. Some of the common plumbing issues we have handled include, but are not limited to:


From clogged pipes to sewage backups and everything in between, our team has a variety of solutions to remove the problem and get your plumbing system back up and running. We’re proud of our dependable services and we’re always happy to help, but there are some things you can do to minimize the risk of plumbing system damage in the first place.

One easy way to avoid common plumbing issues is to be very considerate of what you allow into your drains. Once you flush something out of sight, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s gone from your life forever. Diapers, tampons and sanitary pads, coffee grounds, food, paper towels, paint, grease, oil, and other products that can’t easily decompose can get stuck inside your pipes and cause debilitating damage to your pipeline. By not sending those items into your drains in the first place, you can help extend the life of your plumbing and help avoid plumbing system problems.

Another way to avoid common plumbing issues is to install drain traps. These are inexpensive, easy ways to capture the items that could cause harm inside your pipes. When correctly installed in your sinks, tubs, and showers, drain traps can reliably keep hair and solids from making their way into your Portland pipes. It should be noted, however, that drain traps can’t be solely responsible for safeguarding your pipeline. They do need to be routinely emptied, so try to make it a habit to remove trapped debris every time you use a fixture.

Watching what you send into your drains and installing drain traps can help you avoid common plumbing issues, but one of the best things you can do is invest in preventative maintenance. When our plumbing technicians routinely inspect and clean your pipes, we can eliminate small problems before they ever get a chance to grow into major complications. Removing clogs, repairing cracks, and fixing other damage in its earliest stages can help spare you from unexpected, expensive, and time consuming plumbing system deterioration down the road.


common plumbing issues

If you are experiencing a plumbing issue, the first thing you should do is call Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Service. After listening to your concerns, we can visit your home or office and conduct an in-depth pipeline inspection. Our inspections are efficient and effective due to our high-resolution, innovative camera. The camera is attached to a long fiber-optic cable, and we can insert the camera into your pipe through a small access hole and control it from ground level as it maneuvers carefully through your Gresham pipeline. As the camera snakes through your pipe, it can record footage of its interior and transmit it up to our video screen. We can watch the footage and precisely identify where clogs, tree roots, cracks, corrosion, and other issues are located. Using that information, our team can then prepare an effective solution for restoring your pipes.

One of our effective plumbing solutions is drain cleaning. We offer hydro jetting, drain snaking, and rooter services as viable drain cleaning options. Which drain cleaning method works best depends on the specific circumstances, but regardless of the service you need, our team is expertly trained and highly skilled at cleaning out pipelines.

Beyond drain cleaning, we also offer no-dig trenchless repair and replacement services. If our camera inspection determines that your pipe needs repair, we can utilize trenchless cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) lining. In the pipe lining process, we can send a flexible pipe liner into your damaged pipe through a small entry point. We can saturate the liner with an environmentally safe epoxy resin solution, so when the liner is moved through your pipe, it can coat it’s interior wall with the epoxy resin. Then, we can inflate the liner. For several hours, the inflated liner can keep pressure on the epoxy resin, so when it hardens, we can remove the liner and leave you with a brand new and seamless pipe right inside the old one. Trenchless CIPP lining is an efficient way to repair your pipe without having to dig up and remove the old, deteriorating pipeline.

If your pipeline is heavily damaged, we can also use technologically advanced trenchless replacement services. We can send a specialized pipe bursting head into your damaged pipe through a small hole. Attached to the head is a new pipe, so as the bursting head moves forward and breaks your existing pipe into tiny fragments, the new pipe can move into its place. Once the bursting head reaches the exit point, we can hook the new pipe up to your plumbing system. Without excavation, we can destroy your old pipeline and build a long-lasting new one.


Beyond our trenchless technologies, reliable drain cleanings, and thorough inspections, we also provide 24/7 emergency plumbing services. If leaks, backups, or some other plumbing emergency is causing immediate damage to your residential or commercial structure, we can help. We understand that plumbing emergencies can happen at inconvenient times, but that doesn’t stop us from springing into action. Our team has an assortment of tools and techniques to identify the problem and get your plumbing system back in working order.


If your residential or commercial plumbing system needs professional help, contact Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Services. Give our friendly team a call or contact us online and let our experts take care of your plumbing.

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    Apollo jetted the basement drain line in our old 1927 Portland house. The line has been backing up thru the floor drain for a while. The technician cleared out the line with the hydro-jet, and it’s running great now. On-time and professional!


    - Tim T., Google Review


    Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning was on time, professional, and very knowledgeable. He took the time to inspect our rain drain to our dry well and do everything he could to alleviate the issue. I would highly recommend Apollo, they were informative and straight forward. Honesty is obviously a value they uphold for their customers.


    - Forrest W., Google Review


    I can’t begin to tell you how pleased we were with the service we received today from Anthony. He was incredibly personable and friendly. He went above and beyond and made the service call painless. Anthony took care of our clogged train in no time. Apollo and Anthony are the best! We highly recommend them.


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