At Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Service Inc., we offer the best sewer camera inspection technology in the Portland area. The new plumbing innovation allows us to work faster, more efficiently while improving diagnosis and accuracy. Our technicians only use high-quality equipment to collect visual data when you suspect a leak, a break in your pipes or clogs threatening to disrupt your daily activity.
Trenchless technology starts when our technicians arrive and start looking for an access point within the affected sewer line. A manhole, existing clean-outs, or other openings can serve as entry points for the camera. We then affix a flexible line to a high-definition camera and feed it down the drain pipes to get to any point, regardless of bends or angles. The equipment is small enough to fit into any pipe diameter and any material or depth, even if it’s located deep under the foundation of your property or within the walls of your structure.
Our expert technicians gather visual footage of the camera’s journey in real time via a compatible monitor. As the equipment makes its way through the system, we identify the main source of problem along with underlying issues. From there, we compile a list of immediate problems and future ones that are likely to come up in the future. A copy of the visual inspection is saved for reference, in case you need repairs and to provide proof of damage if your insurance company needs it. Keeping a record of your sewer camera inspection also serves as a point of reference when you schedule check-ups and routine inspections with our company.
Trenchless technology leads all other sewer inspection methods as it offers fast, efficient assessment of your sewer system. Our technicians can determine your pipe’s material without any excavation and understand the nature of the problem. If there are any cracks, blockages or accumulation of debris that’s impeding flow, we will be able to provide you with the best service that meets your needs. When you start hearing gurgling sounds, smelling strange odors, and experiencing constant back-ups, a timely sewer video inspection will reveal the issue and what needs to be done.
Collapsed and backed-up lines can be a source of headaches for property owners. At Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Service Inc., we save the existing pipe structure and prevent further damage while saving our customers thousands of dollars via regular inspection. Leak detection services can quickly locate leaks, cracks, and holes in your sewer lines. Any potential issues will be noted and addressed using trenchless technology. We recommend a hydro jetting procedure for a complete cleaning to rehabilitate your lines and make it good as new.
Interested home and property investors can get a video inspection to get a higher value for well-maintained houses. Would-be buyers avoid potential problems and surprise repairs, and can negotiate for a more favorable price for a particular property.
If you can’t remember the last time you had a sewer inspection, there’s no better time than now to have it checked by Apollo experts. Using the latest equipment and our deep expertise, we can conduct a thorough examination, determine the state of your sewer lines and develop a maintenance plan you are comfortable with.
We provide upfront pricing before work gets started. We never have any hidden fees or charges.
Apollo’s 24-hour service quickly responds to after-hours plumbing emergencies. Our technicians are on call 24-7.
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Unfortunately, it’s easy to accidentally put grease down your drains no matter how hard you try not to. When you rinse dishes in your sink, they often have a thin layer of grease on them. Your hot rinsing water dissolves this and helps it run down your drains. When the grease cools later, it hardens against the pipe wall. Over time, this can cause significant grease buildup that can also catch other debris in its trap, causing a major sink clog.
If the drains are ones you use a lot, try rinsing them with a 1:1 combination of vinegar and baking soda. Put the baking soda in the drain and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then pour the vinegar down and leave it for 15 more minutes. Finally, wash it all down the drain with hot water and see if things smell better.
If the drains are ones you don’t use much, you may need to simply add water to them. Many drains keep out odors because they place a water trap between you and the smells. If this water leaks out, which it often does over time, there won’t be a barrier between you and the bad smells. Pour a bucket of water down the drains and see if that helps. If your water trap keeps disappearing, call one of our plumbers to find out why.
The key to making most garbage disposals work is to use enough water with them. You’ll want to allow the water to run for at least 10 seconds after the scraps you put down them are gone, and maybe up to 30 seconds. When you do this, you can put almost any non-fibrous items down the disposal, including coffee grounds, eggs and egg shells, potato peelings, bones up to ½” in diameter, apples, and citrus peels.
There are a lot of things that you can do to prevent clogs at home. Make sure each drain opening is covered by a trap of some kind. These will collect hair (in the shower) or food scraps so they don’t accidentally go down the drain and cause a clog. You should also make sure that only products intended for your toilets get flushed. In the kitchen, do your best to remove grease before you rinse your dishes in the sink and make sure larger debris either goes into the trash can or gets put down the garbage disposal correctly, with plenty of water.
Whether you try to unclog your own drains is up to you. We don’t recommend using chemical drain cleaners, like Drano. These won’t actually solve your problem but will, instead, simply dissolve a hole through the middle of your clog. If you use them too often, they may dissolve holes in your pipes, too! You can try leaving a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and baking soda in a clogged drain for up to 30 minutes and see if that helps, instead.
A plunger may also help with your clogged drain, even if it’s not in the toilet. If it doesn’t work, there are a variety of products that you can rent or buy that may help you unclog your drain. These hooks and short snakes can be useful, though they can also further damage your plumbing. If you choose to use them, make sure you understand how to do so before you start your project.
We are always happy to look at your drains, whether it’s for maintenance or to solve an acute problem. However, we definitely recommend bringing in a professional when:
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."
- Jennifer T., Google Review